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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The public information day at Kempton Park went ahead as planned and it's clear that Redrow, the prospective developers, are in for the long haul. We can expect the Company to use its considerable resources to influence the local plan, currently undergoing revision, to include Kempton Park green belt for residential development.
David Cameron and George Osborne wrote in The Times last July: "We will always protect the green belt and make sure planning decisions are made by local people." This statement followed the Conservative manifesto which promised four times to protect the green belt. In addition, the Leader of our Council, Cllr. Ian Harvey has made his views very plain (see article of 25th April below) so you would be justified in thinking that the Kempton Park project appears to be a non-starter.
However, LOSRA is not given to speculative leaps as, despite these promises, there is ample precedent for developments on green belt land throughout the UK. The law is opaque at best (perhaps deliberately so) and only last month, Greg Clark, the Communities Secretary, approved 1,500 new homes between Gloucester and Cheltenham, with the reason that the need for housing outweighed the need to protect the green belt.
What is certain, therefore, is that the Redrow project at Kempton Park is not going to crumble under the weight of local opposition; but, with the combined opposition of our local authority and its residents, we should have a fighting chance in protecting this valuable local asset and preventing the inevitable traffic congestion in a Borough already designated as an Air Quality Management Area.
If you were unable to attend the public information day on 23rd April you can to see the information banners provided by Redrow at the event by clicking here:
Hawkedale Infant School warmly invites you to come and join in the fun and support your local school.
There will be entertainment from Franco the Magician, toys and treats, craft activities, cakes, raffle, bouncy castle, local traders and tombolas along with fantastic food and a licensed bar.
There will also be games for the whole family to enjoy. Admission £1 for adults & 50p for over 3's.
The School looks forward to seeing you there.
We don't know whether the new Council Leader, Cllr. Ian Harvey, was able to make it to the Redrow event at Kempton Park on Saturday (see article of 12th April below) but he has made his views very plain in an open letter to the developers, Redrow, which has been forwarded to LOSRA for publication.
To view, click here
The re-structuring at senior management level has taken a step forward with the appointment of five Group Heads
The appointments are part of the "Towards a Sustainable Future" programme designed to make Spelthorne a leaner, self-funding Council, whilst protecting the services that people value and rely upon.
The changes mean that senior management will be better aligned with the political leadership and financial savings will also be realised from the streamlining.
The decision of the Appointments Panel, comprising of Councillors Harvey, Harman, Barnard, Doran, (also supported by Councillor Madams), was unanimous.
The five appointed are:
Roberto Tambini, Spelthorne's Chief Executive, said: "This was a most rigorous and fair selection process with councillors being impressed with the calibre of our internal applicants. We will all be working hard to ensure a smooth transition".
The Group Heads will take up their new roles this week.
The next Music Night at the Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 22nd April, and it promises to be a very special evening, as the Club welcomes the multi-talented singer and songwriter Mike D'Abo.
Mike is best known, of course, as the singer with Manfred Mann in the 1960s, who took over from Paul Jones in the band when Paul went solo, and fronted a string of big hits, including 'Just Like A Woman', 'Semi Detached Suburban Mr. James' , 'Ha Ha! Said The Clown', 'My Name Is Jack', and 'Fox On The Run', almost all of them making the Top 10 as well as a No.1 with 'The Mighty Quinn'. Before that he had been in A Band Of Angels, who recorded for Decca, United Artists and Piccadilly between 1964 and 1966.
He is also a highly successful songwriter, writing “Handbags And Glad Rags”, which has been a hit over the years for Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart and The Stereophonics, and co-writing The Foundations’ biggie “Build Me Up Buttercup”. He also wrote the music for the film “There’s a Girl In My Soup”, and turned his hand to writing jingles for TV commercials, including Cadbury’s “Finger of Fudge”!
Other credits include performing the show stopping “King Herod’s Song” on the original recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
He will be appearing with his trio featuring Dik Cadbury and Steve Degutis on bass, guitar and harmonies, as he not only performs songs from across his career, but will give us some juicy and hilarious insights behind the scenes of the business as he recounts anecdotes from episodes and encounters during his half-century in the business.
It will be a fascinating, entertaining and usual evening. As usual, food will be be available before the show which opens at 8.30pm. Cost of admission £10 at the door.
The appeal of women's football increases exponentially year on year with national coverage to match. To parents and grandparents wishing to divert their daughters' attention away from tablets, phones and the distractions of social media, why not get them started early by introducing them to the Kempton Girls Football Club which caters all 5 - 9 year olds of all abilities. Attendance is free and great fun is guaranteed.
Redrow, the housebuilders, will be hosting an Information Day at the Desert Orchid Suite, first floor, Kempton Park on Saturday 23rd April between 10am and 2pm.
The stated purpose of this event is to allow those who are interested to meet members of the project team, gain a better understanding of Redrow’s approach, and, most importantly, allow them to listen to residents and better understand any concerns.
All of the information will be displayed online at www.RedrowKempton.co.uk from the evening of the 22nd April, and there will be mechanisms for initial feedback to be given.
Residents will be aware that LOSRA is vehemently opposed to development of this site (which could amount to +1500 units) not just because of its green belt status but also because of its implications for traffic congestion on the A308 and surrounding roads.
Please take this opportunity to make your views known.
Tickets £10 on the door or £8 if booked on line at www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
This item is posted for those residents who have fallen victim to the dreadful experience of flooding and may have missed the article in last week's Sunday Times.
A long-awaited scheme to help home-owners in flood-prone areas obtain affordable insurance started last week - but not all providers are telling customers they could save thousands by switching to a new deal, and they may even have to pay a penalty to access the low-cost scheme.
The Sunday Times investigation which followed three families and spoke to dozens of insurers, found that policyholders - who may have paid eye-watering insurance bills, or even survived for several years without cover at all - must be proactive to take advantage of the new "Flood Re" scheme. By shopping around, some customers can cut annual premiums from £3000 to just £400,
About 350,000 households nationally could benefit from the Flood Re scheme, which creates a pot of money that insurers can draw on to cover flood damage claims. The scheme, a "world first", finally launched on April 4th after being announced in 2013. Excesses can be cut from anything up to £25,000 to just £250. To be eligible, the homeowner must live in the property (buy-to-lets and businesses are excluded), and it must have been built before January 1, 2009.
For more information, click here
The Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Association (SSAA) announces details of its forthcoming Coffee Concert on 23rd April featuring Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins.
For details, click here
Readers of our periodical newsletters, website and e-bulletins will be aware that the management and clinicians at our Health Centre in Green street are constantly striving to improve their services against a backdrop of ever-increasing patient lists.
The drive for improvement necessarily includes feedback from patients. If you or one of your family has had occasion to visit the Centre during the last year please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.
Gender and age-band will be requested but not your name.
To complete, click here:
Surrey Police have made the following announcement:
Sunday April the 3rd saw the launch of the "Policing in Your Neighbourhood" restructure of Surrey Police. This means that there will be more of Surrey's uniformed officers per Borough responding to and investigating reports of crime and disorder. They will now be based in boroughs which means they will get to know the area and its residents/criminals. What this means for you is a greater police presence and a face and name that you will get to know as your investigation grows. It also means that the officer retains ownership of any calls they attend which means they will have a more personal attachment to their investigation.
Our CID department will investigate more serious crimes and offences requiring specialist investigation. They will also investigate matters that involve safeguarding vulnerable people.
There will still be a dedicated specialist neighbourhood team for Spelthorne this will consist of 2 sergeants, 2 PCs and 7 PCSOs (soon to be increased to 12). They are specialist officers who will problem solve serious chronic and long term neighbourhood issues.
Our priorities are to:
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 8th April, when the Club welcomes back BAD INFLUENCE, who played a storming gig on their first Music Night appearance early last year.
This is something of a special occasion, as the band are celebrating their 30th gigging year, so it’s great that Sunbury can be part of their anniversary tour. They have been led throughout that time by the formidable talents of Val Cowell on guitar and vocals and Robert Hayes on lead and slide guitar, with the line-up also featuring Pete Stroud on bass, well-known to many of you as a regular member of Buddy Whittington’s touring band, plus drummer Harry James, formerly with Thunder and Magnum.
Their distinctive brand of driving blues/rock has earned them a big following, as well as bringing them the accolade of their latest CD “Carousel” being featured on Paul Jones’ Radio 2 blues show. Their CD releases and ‘live’ show features top class original material alongside versions of songs by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and others; and Val’s vocals were described by one reviewer as having “a tidal wave of a voice that can take on the mantle of our greatest singers”.
It will be proper rocking night in the best Music Night traditions.
For those who may be unfamiliar with Sunbury Cricket Club, it is a vibrant and unique part of the Lower Sunbury community situated at the eastern end of Lower Sunbury between Harfield Road and Kenton Avenue.
The Club provides opportunities for players between the ages of 5 and 75+ and has a club house that is open all year round for social members to enjoy a relaxed ambience.
Adult Players and Ex-Players of all Ages and Standards and Social Members Welcome
There are opportunities aplenty for current players and those wishing to return to the game.
That Sunbury CC were winners of the Surrey Championship in 2015 belies the fact that the Club fields 7 or 8 XIs every weekend and both welcomes, and needs, players of all abilities to fulfil a varied and attractive fixture list. The Club fields four XIs on Saturdays and three, sometimes four, XIs on Sundays. There are also some mid-week fixtures.
The lower XIs provide a competitive yet sociable standard of cricket with older players, some of them distinctly middle aged, or beyond, providing leadership to the younger players making their way up the XIs. Our oldest player is 76 this year and several others are in their mid to late 60s.
The colts section provides opportunities for boys and girls from 5s (reception class) rising upwards. The youngest colts start with a soft ball with an emphasis on fun, teamwork and ball skills progressing gradually the standard format of the game from the age 9 upwards through to under 17s. Teenage colts also have the opportunity to play in the senior weekend XIs when they are ready to do so. Parents enjoy a family membership and usage of the social facilities of the Club as non-playing members.
Younger Colts: Parents of prospective colts in Reception through to Year 4 may enrol at the Club from 10:00am on any Sunday morning at the Club (post code TW16 5PS) from this Sunday 10th April or any subsequent Sunday.
The Club hosts regular music, quiz and skittles nights.