Chilworth Manor will welcome visitors to their garden as part of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday June 6, 10am – 5pm.
However, this year pre-booking is essential, ahead of the day. Click on the link below to be taken direct to the registration site where you can book your visit. No refreshments this year, but an opportunity to enjoy these fabulous gardens.
Surrey – Chilworth Manor – Saturday 6th June
St Martha Parish Council is pleased to be able to announce that it has put in an application to the Planning Department of GBC, as part of its bid to save West Lodge from sale and development. This is following full village consultation events in the Village Hall in 2014 and 2016.
The notification, that the Parish Council has made an application for Change of Use, appears on the green gates by West Lodge on Blacksmith Lane.
West Lodge is currently classified as a dwelling, as it was formerly used to house council workers. The Parish Council, with support from Chilworth2gether and the Friends of the Gunpowder Mills Group, is now asking for this to be changed, so that it could be used for a variety of low-key community and educational uses.
The aim, if it can be leased by the Parish Council, is to ensure West Lodge has a new purpose and will cover its costs. This is the first step to secure its future, and make sure it remains intrgral to the Gunpowder Mills site. The application is currently with the Planning Department of GBC and can be accessed by searching West Lodge.
PS This application has nothing to do with the company PAYE who are a specialist company currently undertaking work in the Gunpowder Mills. They are temporarily using West Lodge as a base whilst works are in progress.
Walkers in the Gunpowder Works may have been concerned to see a new notice appear on the door of West Lodge, and, separately, a Planning Application notice on the big Green Gates.
St Martha Parish Council with the Community’s support is currently negotiating with GBC to take on West Lodge, rather than see the building sold off for development, and separated from the Gunpowder Mills site for ever. So, some locals have reported concern, having seen this PAYE sign on the back door of the building.
We can confirm that the temporary use of the building by PAYE has nothing to do with the Planning Application notice that currently shows on the big green gates by West Lodge.
Who are P.A.Y.E.?
We understand that GBC has commissioned this specialist firm to undertake specialist conservation work on elements of the Gunpowder Mills remains. They will be working in the Gunpowder Mills for several weeks. Installation in West Lodge is a temporary measure whilst they do work on site, and does not affect the negotiations currently under way with GBC for the longer-term retention of West Lodge.
The work is to be welcomed in that it will help to preserve this important scheduled site.
Due to current conditions, please avoid areas where specialists are working; don’t engage them in conversation, but give them the space and quiet they need for their specialist work.