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 big events keep coming to the SCC, because in less than two weeks’ time, on Friday 3rd July, world class blues returns to Sunbury in the form of THE BRITISH BLUES ALL STARS. The show sees the return to the Club of Dave Kelly, who played a sold-out gig at the Club last year. Dave is one of the UK’s very best slide guitarists and singers - he started his career alongside his sister, the late great Jo-Ann Kelly, and with Paul Jones was a founder member of The Blues Band, with whom he has played for 35 years. He has played with a host of blues greats like Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy.
Dave is joined by the legendary R&B keyboard star Zoot Money, a regular at the Marquee and Flamingo Clubs as well as the early Jazz & Blues Festivals with his Big Roll Band, and had a hit in 1966 with “Big Time Operator”. He has been a fixture on the scene ever since and is currently playing with Alan Price.
On drums is another major name in Pick Withers, an original member of Dire Straits, playing on their first four albums, including the hits “Sultans Of Swing”, “Romeo & Juliet” and “Private Investigations”, since when he has been much in demand playing with many other top artists.
The line-up is completed by another original and current member of The Blues Band, Gary Fletcher, on bass and Pete Emery, who like Dave Kelly, honed his skills playing the circuit with Jo-Ann Kelly and other quality British bands.
It is something of a coup to get a band of this stature playing in Sunbury, and it will be a night to remember. It will undoubtedly be a busy night, so the Club will be bringing in some extra seating, and will set the room out partly theatre-style so it can be sure to accommodate the numbers they expect the gig to attract as comfortably as possible.
To see full details of the players, click here
The following announcement has been sent to LOSRA by Spelthorne Borough Council:
The Council is in the process of reviewing its Local Plan which sets out how much development should be allowed in Spelthorne
The review will have to balance the need for new homes and jobs against the ability to accommodate development taking into account issues such as Green Belt, flood risk and infrastructure. At the end of the review exercise the Council will put forward how much development it thinks can be met to an independent Planning Inspector.
In preparing the Local Plan, the Council has to discuss and share its work with a wide range of other bodies to help understand whether it is taking account of planning issues across a wider area. As part of these discussions Spelthorne and Runnymede Councils have been working together to look at housing needs across their combined area over the next 20 years in a Housing Market Assessment.
The assessment is required by government and must consider future housing needs based on population and jobs growth without taking into account whether the Borough can meet this. As such, these figures are what would be required in an ideal world to meet this assessed demand, rather than what the Borough can accommodate. This aspect will be explored at a later stage as a separate part of the review of the Local Plan. Only after this will any decisions be taken.
A draft of the housing market assessment is due to be considered by Cabinet on 24 June. If agreed, the Council will be seeking views on the draft assessment in accordance with the Council’s proposed Statement of Community Involvement. The assessment will be just one part of the evidence to inform the review of the Local Plan.
Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Corporate Development said: “The Local Plan will set out the levels of development we expect to see in the Borough to 2033 and the Housing Market Assessment is a new statutory requirement which forms just one part of the evidence to inform this. I must stress these figures are not the end result; this will be curtailed by the physical capacity of the Borough. To involve stakeholders at the earliest opportunity and before key decisions have been made we are publishing our draft Housing Market Assessment from 25 June on our website and welcome comments from residents and businesses.”
Cllr Richard Smith-Ainsley, Chair of the Planning Committee said: “The draft Housing Market Assessment is due to be published on 25 June and will be available for comment on the Council’s website. A separate exercise to establish the amount and type of housing the Borough can sustain will be carried out later. This will take into account all of the factors, such as Green Belt and flood plain that restrict development in Spelthorne.”
LOSRA expects to take an active part in the Review and has asked to be represented on the Stakeholder Forum which will be involved throughout the Review period. That request has been agreed.
Starting on 17th July, this year's Festival presents a ten day programme of events covering a variety of art forms. Drama and Comedy: The Laughing Chili Comedy Club gets the Festival off to an entertaining start and then later in the week Chester House Productions treat us to the story of Florence Nightingale. Talks and Demonstrations: Returning by popular demand, renowned crossword setter Tim Moorey will give a talk on Dr Johnson and his Dictionary; Francesco from local restaurant 'Little Italy' gives an Italian cookery demonstration; for art lovers, John Spink will talk to us about the Golden Age of British Watercolours.We are delighted that Shepperton Studios will again host a talk about the history and future of our famous local film studios. Music and Dance: A rare chance to see and hear Italian music and dance is brought to us by Amaraterra; the David Way String Trio play Beethoven, Breval and Bach followed by a Cream Tea; a musical drama 'Alive to Tell the Story' telling the last days of Jesus' life through the words of Lazarus is presented by Sunbury Methodist Church. Our final musical event is a Coffee Concert given by the young and exciting Ellis Ensemble. Boat trip:To round off the Festival, join us for a boat trip from Walton to Chertsey and back. Local historian, Nick Pollard, will tell us about the history of the islands and riverside. With the exception of the Shepperton Studios talk and the Boat Trip, all events will be held at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Lower Sunbury Booking for the Festival is now open - please telephone the Box Office on 01932 567 365 to book your tickets. Festival details and a booking form are also published in all Village Matters magazines and may be viewed here.
Two days ago this very handsome looking cat took up residence at St. Mary's parish church, Sunbury.
Attempts to contact the owner by calling the phone number on its collar have been unsuccessful.
Do you recognise the cat and can you help find its owner? If so, please get in touch.
The next Open Meeting of the Patients' Participation Group will be held at Sunbury Health Centre on Monday 15th June at 6.30pm.
It will be seen from the attached notice that whilst general comments, suggestions or questions from patients will be welcomed, it will not be the appropriate forum for discussing individual cases or issues.
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Spelthorne Borough Council has partnered with the online business support service, My Incubator Ventures (MIV), to offer local residents free access to online business advice.
Residents of the Borough will now be able to speak with professional business mentors online in real-time* from the comfort of their home, office or whilst on the move. Whether it’s start-up advice or advice for an existing small business that’s needed, MIV’s experienced mentors can help.
The MIV website contains a wealth of business information including useful articles and templates which can be downloaded. MIV users can also keep up-to-date with the latest news and events happening in the small business world.
To use the MIV live chat service, visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/miv
In December 2014, MIV won the ‘Future of Enterprise Support’ award at the National Enterprise Network awards, an award that recognises ‘exceptional innovation’ in the enterprise industry. Director of MIV, Greg Thomas, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Spelthorne Council and this is fantastic news for residents in the area. We hope that this will inspire further enterprise and give existing businesses the opportunity to seek the support they may need.”
* Business mentors are available to chat to between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (*excluding bank holidays).