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Traffic congestion, pollution and danger are major current concerns in our little corner of car-dominated Surrey and will be at the forefront of our 2014 agenda. Finding alternatives to car use - a policy embraced by central government - will play a key part in improving what is becoming a degraded local environment in Lower Sunbury.
To help in alleviating the problem, a cycle/foot bridge which was first proposed by the Thames Overways Projects (TOPS) in 2001 but sadly and for a variety of reasons fell off the political agenda, is to be resuscitated. Since 2001 the Lower Sunbury population has increased very considerably. The combined population increase of Sunbury East and Halliford & Sunbury West wards is 10.1% (2011 census) but with no commensurate improvement in local infrastructure amenity. Further, an aggregated total from 271 units of 811 additional bedrooms have been approved in recent planning applications which implies an even greater population increase before the next census is due in 2021. In short, the argument for the construction of a suitable bridge is now stronger than ever.
The River Thames is one of the greatest assets but is also a barrier between places where people live, work and play. LOSRA believes that a car-free bridge would be of enormous benefit to a wide area both north and south of the River. It would mean safer and shorter non-polluting journeys to work, schools and recreation. It would also provide an alternative to traffic-jammed Thames Bridges and the choked main roads leading to those bridges; and facilitate extended access to the Thames Path National Trail to communities north of the river, giving impetus to sustainable local tourism. The river is a beautiful linear park but it also prevents easy sharing of the excellent amenities that exist on either side of the waterway - a situation which should not be allowed to continue.
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New arrangements have been made by Spelthorne Council for collecting bulky items such as furniture, sofas, mattresses, TVs, fridges, freezers and cookers from your home.
By partnering with the RSPCA and Surrey Reuse Network, the Council is making sure items can be used by someone else or recycled into something else, rather than just sent to landfill.
Furniture and other items that are suitable for resale can be donated to the RSPCA. They will arrange for a free collection to be made from the ground floor of your property. This option is perfect for those items which are surplus to your requirements but too good to throw out. Choosing the RSPCA will mean your items are found a new home and vital funds will be raised for the charity.
The Surrey Reuse Network will collect all household items that can be reused or recycled from any floor of your property, including white goods. Items no longer in working order can also be collected as these can either be repaired or broken down and their components recycled. The cost for the collection is £44 for up to five items.
The Surrey Reuse Network, a group of charity enterprises, last year provided over 500 tonnes of affordable, quality furniture to Surrey households - that’s 500 tonnes of bulky goods which would otherwise have been buried in the ground.
If your items are not suitable for reuse or recycling (e.g. sacks of general waste), Spelthorne Council can arrange to collect and dispose of them for you. The cost for this service is £45 for up to three items which should be left in your front garden or by your front door.
To arrange your collection contact:
Alternatively you can dispose of your bulky items yourself at your local Community Recycling Centre at Charlton Lane, Shepperton, TW17 8QA.
The Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Association is delighted to announce events at the Riverside Arts Centre this Autumn.
We are pleased to present two coffee concerts this Autumn:
Saturday 11 October
Piano Recital with Anna Le Hair
Anna performs works by Beethoven (Six Bagatelles), Chopin (Three Waltzes), Grieg (Four Lyric Pieces), Faure, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Janacek. http://www.annalehair.co.uk/
Saturday 22 November
Lesley Shrigley Jones (cello) and Yekaterina Lebedeva (piano) present Cello Masterpieces from the 20th Century with works by Schnitkke and Poulenc.
Please join us for Coffee and Croissants at 10.15am. The Recitals begin at 11am and finish at midday.
For more information or to book tickets (£7.50) for these concerts, please call the BOX OFFICE on 01932 782 788. Download the flyer here
Spirited representations from Brian Catt, Peter Francis, Peter Crews, Malcolm Robertson and Cllr. Tim Evans were not sufficient to persuade the Planning and Regulatory Committee at County Hall from giving final approval for the construction of an incinerator (aka the 'EcoPark') at the Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre. The approval was passed with a 7 - 4 majority.
Possibly the most irritating aspect of this decision is that our speakers, including experts in their various fields of chemical engineering and physics, knew a great deal more than the combined membership of the Committee itself. Once again, a cast-iron case against the construction of this belching, polluting edifice was trumped by the politics. A truly depressing, if predictable outcome.
It now remains to be seen what legal avenues are available to us by way of legal challenge; and these are being actively explored as we go to print.
A public meeting on aircraft noise is open to all and will be held at the Pavilion in Ascot Racecourse on Monday, October 13th. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start and it's expected to finish at approximately 9.00pm.
The meeting offers a chance for residents to question Heathrow officials about the trial of flight paths which have caused a massive increase in the noise pollution by low-flying aircraft. It is also an opportunity to raise questions on any number of issues eg.,failure to consult; the possibility of fuel dumping (not appropriate on departures); impact of noise on schools; impact on property values; and impact on those who had moved to the area to escape aircraft noise etc.
The event is being run by Heathrow, but representatives of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be present.
The Council's Arts and Young People Officer, Catherine Learmonth, is currently publicising a project being run in Sunbury called ‘The Spelthorne Community Garden’.
The garden is run by volunteers and Catherine is looking for more volunteers to get involved. It is based at Hawkedale Infants school.
The Spelthorne Community Garden is one of several currently being created across Surrey and is funded by Spelthorne Borough council and the Arts Partnership Surrey, a strategic alliance of 9 local authorities and trusts. It relies on a group of local volunteers to develop, care and maintain it, working alongside an artist from community art organisation Sculpt it.
The group is always looking for new volunteers, so if you enjoy gardening, arts and crafts, physical work or would simply like to make new friends then get in touch and see how you can get involved. The group meets weekly on a Saturday between 1 – 4pm at the garden based at Hawkedale Infants School, Stratton Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6PG. To see flier, click here.
For more information please contact Spelthorne leisure service on:
Telephone: 01784 446 433
The following is an extract of an email received by LOSRA with a request that it be brought to the attention of residents:
We are Action Surrey, Surrey’s free, impartial energy advice service, funded through Surrey’s 12 local authorities. We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded £2.5million from the local department of energy and climate change (DECC), and are looking to provide this funding to local residents.
The project, Streets Ahead, is offering a grant of £3,500 to individual residents towards the cost of solid wall insulation. Currently, this is the only funding available to Surrey residents for solid wall insulation.
Please follow this link to the project website www.actionsurrey.org/streetsahead to download the brochure and find out more.
We would appreciate if you would kindly circulate this information amongst members of your organisation, and if there are any upcoming meetings being held, we would be delighted to attend to provide further information.
Camilla Wollny - Administration Apprentice - Tel: 0333 014 3620
Thameswey Sustainable Communities Ltd
Apologies for the irresistible pun but readers will remember that we posted an online petition to reinstate the cows at Dairy Crest on the A316 road (see article of 18th July).
It seems that the petition, which attracted 8000 signatories, had the desired effect. The dairy in Feltham has been there since 1931 and has had cows on display in some form since that date. Originally the cows, fashioned out of concrete, were displayed in the gardens but were placed on the roof in 1977 on completion of an extension to the building.
We are pleased to report Dairy Crest has taken note of the petition and has agreed to reinstate the cows in the near future.
The South & South East in Bloom Awards were held last week and we are delighted to hear that the Walled Garden won a Gold Award and Overall Best Small Park.
This would not have been possible without the continued and unstinting support of Spelthorne Council - especially noteworthy in these straitened times - and the professionalism of their gardeners.
Congratulations also go to the staff at the Gallery for their contribution in maintaining the Walled Garden's reputation as the landmark feature of Lower Sunbury. Well done to all!
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Many thanks to Billy Rice for his video montage of Lower Sunbury
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