As with any other local neighbourhood, the policies and actions which affect the character and future of Lower Sunbury are generally framed and implemented by a combination of local and national government, along with the vested interests and market forces which operate within those frameworks. Lower Sunbury is by no means unique in being under threat from a creaking infrastructure brought about by rapid urban development, the growth of traffic, and other pressures affecting the quality of life and the character of the area.
Working with the local authorities, we see it as the responsibility of residents’ and amenity groups such as LOSRA to address the underlying issues which fundamentally affect their members’ lives, as well as the minutiae of everyday life with which such groups are often concerned.
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Our Association has just been notified by Spelthorne Council of the application by Elmbridge Council to press ahead with the deeply unpopuIar Excel Centre riverside development at Waterside Drive, Walton.
Spelthorne Planning Office, as statutory consultees, has undertaken to alert residents in Parke Road and those at the most western end of Thames Street.
Representations may be completed online and the application, (Ref: 2915/0949) may be viewed via the Elmbridge Council website: http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/ planning/
An Easter egg hunt is being held for children aged 12 and under at the market in Staines-upon-Thames on Saturday 4 April, from 10am – 2pm, near the entrance to the Elmsleigh Centre.
Find 10 posters around the market, collect 10 cards and then claim your Easter egg (one egg per child).
Readers of our Spring and Autumn 2014 newsletters will be aware that the Association, following widespread public support, commissioned Ramboll UK to undertake a feasibility study of possible locations for a cycle/footbridge connecting Lower Sunbury to the Thames Path National Trail at Walton.
We are very pleased to announce that the report has now been completed thanks to the generous sponsorship of Crest Nicholson and London Irish RFC; and a contribution from our County Councillor's member's allowance.
The report identifies five possible sites, which now brings us to the next stage of the project. We are obviously very anxious to hear your views as to the preferred location for the bridge. To this end a number of public consultation drop-in events have been arranged at the Riverside Arts Centre. 57-59, Thames Street, on the following dates and times:
Saturday, April 11th in the Studio 1100-1300Wednesday, April 15th in the Main hall 1900-2300Saturday, April 25th in the Studio 1400-1800
The report, together with appendices is published here and will allow residents to familiarise themselves with its content beforehand.
Each event will be introduced by a LOSRA Committee member so it would be advisable to attend at the start times shown. It should be stressed that the consultation will be limited to possible site selections only. To have included design options for each site would have proved prohibitively expensive.
Feedback forms and ballot papers will be available at each event and a supply of ballot papers will also be made available at Skinners Post Office.
For those who have read the online report but are unable to attend any of the events, a copy of the ballot paper may be completed by clicking here
Data protection: Please note that Information provided on the ballot paper will be held by Cratus Communications on behalf of LOSRA. Your data will be used exclusively to inform the consultation regarding a river crossing at Sunbury and for no other purpose.
Team Spelthorne is looking for young people aged 7-16 to participate in the annual P&G Surrey Youth Games. The P&G Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth festival with over 2000 young people experiencing a competitive, countywide sporting event.
The event is a great opportunity to try a new sport or improve existing skills.
The coaching sessions take place from April and there are fifteen sports on offer including hockey, cricket, judo, football, basketball, lacrosse, touch rugby, table tennis and boccia. Thanks to sponsorship from local organisations, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Everyone Active and Shepperton Studios, Spelthorne Council is offering the coaching sessions free of charge. Participants will then be selected from the coaching sessions to represent Team Spelthorne at the Games on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
To be eligible for Team Spelthorne, you must either live or go to school in Spelthorne and if you already play a sport, you must be below county standard.
Please register online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames to guarantee your place. Each sport has limited spaces and places are given on a first come first served basis. Please visit the website for a full list of sports, coaching timetable and eligibility criteria.
Our Spring Newsletter for 2015 is back from the printers and we can expect house-to-house deliveries to commence very shortly. The formatting of the pages did not allow us to feature the drop-in exhibitions for the cycle/footbridge consultations on the front page, so persevere and you will see the article on the right hand column of page.3.
The on-line copy of the newsletter may be viewed by clicking here
The full cycle/footbridge feasibility report will be published on this site in the next few days.