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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Many residents will already be aware that the brownfield site of Page Engineering in Green Street at the junction with Forge Lane is ripe for re-development. The light engineering firm finally closed in October 2014 and, whilst the loss of a long standing local employer is to be regretted, it was inevitable that the land would attract the highest price if sold for residential development.
LOSRA was made aware of the interest shown by Fairview New Homes last month but only last week was it confirmed that the Company had now acquired the land. We have been assured by FNH that full consultation will take place with local residents during the preparation of plans and we have agreed to publish all relevant material and updates on this website.
The Walled Garden in Thames Street has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the fifth year running.
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country and this year the Walled Garden is one of a record number of spaces to receive the Award.
The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Borough Council embarked on a project to restore the two acre garden in 1985.
Expert use of trees, shrubs and climbers on the ancient walls, which are 8 to 10 feet high in places, make the garden a beautiful place to visit. The sheer variety of plants provide great inspiration for gardeners and the Lendy Memorial provides an impressive centre piece.
The Walled Garden is open seven days a week, from 7.30am-8.30pm in the summer months.
Those residents who have recently moved to the area may like to know that the historic walled garden in Sunbury Park was most probably built in the early part of the 18th century for the large mansion built on the site for Sir Roger Hudson and there is a drawing in Colin Campbell’s ‘Vitruvius Britannicus’ showing the housing in Sunbury Park in 1714.
Walled gardens were a particular feature of the larger Georgian and Victorian houses, and were used for the growing of high quality fruit and vegetables for the wealthy owner of the house.
It is something of an irony that Surrey County Council is undertaking a review of Community Recycling Centres at precisely the time that the Eco Park incinerator, despite huge local opposition, is to be imposed on us at our own Charlton Lane CRC. Some might even call the timing tasteless as residents' confidence - so recently battered by this epic saga of misrule and venal officialdom - is already at a very low ebb.
Nevertheless, our cynicism must be held in abeyance as the review is going ahead regardless, with County's stated aim to "make further savings while maintaining this important [CRC] service to residents". To achieve this, SCC is seeking your views and state that "plans will only be finalised once you have had your say on the options".
We are being invited to complete this short questionnaire by 30 September to help SCC ensure they spend the budget on providing the services we need the most.
To complete the questionnaire, click here
Spelthorne Council would like your views on a draft revised licensing policy for gambling premises and permits.
Licensing policies must be prepared in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and Guidance on the Act issued by the Gambling Commission. Further information is available from the Gambling Commission www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
The Council's Policy must be published by January 2016. Thereafter it will be reviewed and re-published every three years.
For further details and draft policy, click here
Readers will recall the application for the siting of a children's natural play area in Orchard Meadow (Planning Ref: 15/00237/FUL) which was published on this site on 17th March.
Spelthorne Council has expressed its gratitude to all those who submitted comments on the proposal and has now arranged for an Information evening about the scheme to be held on Thursday 23rd July from 6 - 8pm at Chennestone Primary School, Manor Lane, Sunbury, TW16 5ED.
The drop-in event will be an opportunity for all residents to discuss the proposals with Spelthorne councillors and officers who will be available to answer questions and provided further information at this information evening.
Information on display at the event will include questions and comments already received from residents.
They are the scourge of Britain’s dilapidated roads and responsible for seriously damaging hundreds of cars a week. Now Surrey County Council is promising frustrated motorists it can beat the menace of potholes with a new road building technology.
More than 800 roads in Surrey are to be given "pothole proof" coatings over the next three years in an initiative to overhaul more than 300 miles of road. The contractors carrying out the work for Surrey County Council are so confident of their new technique that the roads come with a 10-year no pothole guarantee.
The council, which is believed to be the first in the country to use the technique, has already lined up 177 roads to be rebuilt this year. Engineers will rebuild the roads from scratch and then apply a pothole-resistant coating of special ‘Superflex’ asphalt that is highly water resistant and flexible. By going back to the road’s foundations, engineers say they will also make the roads more resistant to vibrations and movement, meaning less damage.
A spokesman for the council said: “We are not just slapping on another coat of asphalt, we are digging up the road and going back to bare bones. We're relaying the entire foundations."
The council has in the past been criticised for having some of the worst potholed roads in the country.
Jason Russell, the council’s assistant director for highways, said: “We can’t go on papering over the cracks with quick fixes to tired old roads forever. Improvements in road building and new watertight surface treatments such as Superflex mean many of the new roads will come with a 10 year guarantee from the contractor.
“Our main problem is that some of our roads are crumbling at the base, making them very susceptible to damage. This is why we’re planning a £100 million project to rip out our worst roads and rebuild many of them from scratch, making these roads resistant to potholes for a decade"
Comment: It will be interesting to see how much of the new technology finds its way into the improvement of Spelthorne's road networks.