Farnham Town Council has spent £20,000 maintaining Gostrey Meadow since it took responsibility for the meadow from Waverley Borough Council in 2019.

This includes fixing recent damage caused by vandals, as well as general wear and tear, at the playground – with further improvements to the toilets and playground on the cards, as well as a new café.

This café will likely be located next to the public toilets, which will be rebuilt, with the council currently consulting Waverley planners before submitting a full planning application for the works.

Councillors have agreed to pay an additional £600 fee, on top of the £850 already paid, to obtain heritage advice because of the new cafe's proximity to the war memorial.

A new café at the old bowling green was proposed in partnership with The Ridgeway School, but this has not been pursued.

Councillors also heard at last Thursday's town council meeting that there are plans to repaint the playground equipment to give it a "fresh look", and prices are being sought for this work.

The town council has also proposed widening the gateway from Gostrey Meadow onto Union Road, and is awaiting a visit by Surrey County Council highways officers.