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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It is with deep shock and sadness that Spelthorne Council announces the death of Cllr Robert Watts, Leader of the Council, who died at his home in Shepperton on Monday 5 October.
Cllr Watts was elected to the Council in May 2011, representing the Shepperton Town ward. Upon election he was given Cabinet responsibility for the Environment where he oversaw a number of projects including the introduction of food waste collections.
In February 2013 he took up the post of Leader of the Council and also served on the Local Plan Working Party, Surrey Waste Partnership and the Surrey Local Committee in Spelthorne.
Prior to entering local politics he enjoyed a successful career in Civil Engineering. He was 64 years old.
Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, Roberto Tambini, said: “We are all terribly shocked by this sad news. Robert had a passion for politics and an unfaltering desire to improve the lives of the Borough’s residents and the place will be all the poorer without him. I very much enjoyed working with Robert and will miss him greatly.”
Fellow Shepperton Town ward councillor, Robin Sider, said: “I am devastated by this news. Cllr Watts was a great friend and colleague and his untimely death will leave a large void in our ward. He lived to work hard for the community and will be sadly missed by all.”
LOSRA has received the following emailed announcement from the Chairmen of Ashford & St. Peter's and The Royal Surrey County Hospitals:
As you may be aware, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are proposing to merge. We have recently received final clearance on our proposed merger from the Competitions and Markets Authority which means we can now proceed with the next stage in our planning.
Our proposal to merge is based around securing a stronger future for our two organisations which will allow us to deliver a number of important patient benefits, including more consultant care at weekends and increased investment in facilities and technology. This was recognised by the CMA during their investigation which highlighted the commitment and professional pride in the provision of high quality care by the staff of our organisations.
The next stage in the process will be for both Boards from both Trusts to consider the full business case and detailed financial plans for the proposed merger and to make their decision on the next step forward. Subject to their approval the process will then include an assessment by Monitor, the health sector regulator, and at a later stage, final approvals from Boards and Councils of Governors.
Subject to full regulatory, Board and Governor approvals, the earliest start date for the proposed new organisation would be Summer 2016.
In the meantime, we would like to talk to as many local stakeholders and residents about our plans and answer any questions that you may have. We are really interested to hear your views and any concerns you may have. We welcome any invitations to attend your group meetings.
Aileen McLeish, Chairman, Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals
Peter Dunt, Chairman, The Royal Surrey County Hospital
The following link takes you to a petition to connect Sunbury to the city centre with more affordable travel costs. Many people commute from Sunbury into London and despite being much closer to the city centre than many other zone 6 stations, they are forced to incur far greater travel costs due to being two station stops outside the Oyster network.
Trains going through Sunbury also only go to either London Waterloo or two stops further out to Shepperton. Therefore it seems illogical for it to remain outside the Oyster network.
If you agree and wish to add your name to the petition, click here
Do you have a spare room? Do you think you might have the skills to support a young person?
The Homelessness Prevention Service are looking for volunteer hosts who have a spare room and could offer it as a safe respite place to stay for a few nights to a young person aged 16-21. This period of respite will allow family mediation to take place in order to support them to return home or into other types of accommodation.
You will receive full extensive training, guidance and ongoing support to help you in this role. Out of pocket expenses would be paid including a nightly allowance for Hosts to cover the cost of food and utilities.
The Homelessness Prevention Service is interested in people from our diverse community to support our young people across Surrey. If you are interested in joining this new and exciting project they would like to hear from you.
A malware campaign simulating a fake email alert from City of London Police and scams involving Amazon UK customers are among the topics published in the the most recent circular from Trading Standards. It was also predicted that the recently announced Facebook 'Dislike' button would attract scammers. It seems that the prediction was justified....
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Spelthorne Borough Council is relaunching its mobile app on Monday 28 September to make it easier for residents to contact the Council and find out about local services.
Updated with a new look and feel and clearer navigation, the free app can be downloaded to any smart phone or tablet and allows residents to access a range of the most frequently used Council services at a time that suits them best. The app includes:
The Spelthorne app allows residents to access Council services whilst on the move – no need to make phone calls, log on to the website or have internet access. Residents can report problems such as dog fouling and graffiti directly to the Council, with the facility to attach a photograph and location marker.
The app can be downloaded from Monday 28 September from the App Store, Google Play or Windows Store and residents who download the app before 23 October have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win an iPhone.