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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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Thanks to the dedication of practitioners and local residents, the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at the Sunbury Health Centre is expanding and flourishing. The Group meets on a regular basis to explore ways in which to improve the Green Street Centre. The minutes of meetings may be viewed on the following link: http://www.sunburyhealthcentre-ppg.com/minutes.html
In addition to the PPG, the Group opens itself up to patients on 'open evenings' held at the Centre itself. The next one is scheduled for 6.30pm on Monday 27th October. All patients are encouraged to attend.
The Music Nights are coming pretty frequently this autumn, and the Cricket Club has another gig on Friday 24th October, when they welcome another new act to the Club in THE ALL NIGHT WORKERS, who are ideally suited to the Club.
They are a band who originally formed in Twickenham in 1966, and rapidly became popular fixtures on the London club scene, alongside bands like Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Herbie Goins & The Night Timers, The Graham Bond Organisation, Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, and all the many bands who were playing the spectrum of the R&B, blues and soul music of that era. They shared the bill on tours and festivals with many of the big names of the time, including Jimi Hendrix. It promises to be a very good night.
Online scams involving Gumtree, PayPal and Western Union; and fake nude videos spreading malware on Facebook, are all featured in the latest Trading Standards Alert.
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CPRE's campaign is a wake-up call for the Government. They are saying loud and clear that whatever their original intentions, the reformed planning system is not working.
Local people are being disregarded, open countryside is being developed while suitable brownfield land is left unused, and still too few homes are being built. They have evidence from across England that the effects of current policies on the countryside are devastating, with the Green Belt, protected areas and, above all, our 'ordinary' but hugely valued countryside, destroyed or threatened with destruction.
The CPRE's latest research into adopted and emerging Local Plans shows at least 500,000 new homes are planned for greenfield sites. This could result in the loss of 150sq Km of irreplaceable countryside. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Destruction on this scale is totally unnecessary when there are enough suitable brownfield sites for around 1.5 million homes.
Residents are invited to sign up to the CPRE Charter here
Local residents are invited to attend the Sunbury and Spelthorne Leisure Centre Customer Forum at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 October at Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1AJ.
The Customer Forum is being organised by Spelthorne Council in partnership with Everyone Active and will provide the opportunity to meet the Centre Managers and Cllr Joanne Sexton, Spelthorne Council’s Cabinet Member for Communications.
You will hear about Everyone Active’s ongoing and planned activities for the Leisure Centres and also be invited to give your views on the current services and suggest improvements.
If you are interested in attending please contact Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or send an email to email@example.com
Two meetings in relation to flooding have been scheduled by the Environment Agency for Spelthorne residents. It should be noted that these are not Spelthorne Council events, nor are these meetings open to the public at large. They are being held for residents who have been contacted directly by the Environment Agency regarding the installation of PLP (Property Level Protection) measures for their dwellings.
The meetings in Spelthorne are listed for the 10th October and 14th November and will give residents an opportunity to talk to the surveyors and ask any questions they may have about their property report recommendations. The installers will also be there so that residents can see the available products and, if desired, make appointments for them to complete the installation surveys. EA representatives will be present to facilitate legal agreements and to answer questions. For details, click here
Residents who may have queries regarding the River Thames Scheme should contact the Environment Agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to RTS team, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, RG1 8DQ.
Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes THE MICKY MOODY BAND, led by one of the UK’s very best rock and blues guitarists, playing what Micky describes as “the music that he and the band all share a love for - rocking blues with a twist of swampy, sultry soul.” Micky’s career goes back the best part of fifty years (he is at pains to point out that he was very young when he started!) and he came to prominence in the ‘70s with the top bands Juicy Lucy and Snafu, before making his major impact when he joined Whitesnake, led by ex-Deep Purple singer David Coverdale. He stayed with Whitesnake throughout their career till they broke up in the ‘80s, and had huge worldwide success, co-writing their biggest hit “Fool For Your Loving”.
He has also played with Chris Farlowe, Roger Chapman & The Shortlist, Moody Marsden Band, Company Of Snakes and M3, and is currently a member of both Snakecharmer and The Bad Apples. Over the years, he has played on innumerable sessions with well-known acts, and is also a published author! SCC are fortunate indeed to have an artist of Micky’s stature and musical heritage playing at the Club.
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.
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Many thanks to Billy Rice for his video montage of Lower Sunbury
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