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 planning permission that Surrey County Council gave to itself for the construction of an incinerator at the Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre is now to be re-considered by the SCC Cabinet on grounds of affordability and value for money. When the Cabinet met on 24th February it heard that delays, (for which our campaigners combining with SATEP may justifiably claim credit!) have resulted in revisions to pricing'.
LOSRA campaign member, Brian Catt took the opportunity to address the Cabinet stating that the Eco Park is "now an avoidable mistake" based on it being an expensive disposal of waste, having minimal energy recovery and having "a very high risk of failure". He added: "In the light of these clear facts, especially that the Eco Park is low volume expensive disposal, and not yet begun, can the County assure its councillors that officers' value study will include the better available opportunities for the County to realise best practice in treating our dry waste?"
At the same meeting, LOSRA member, Peter Crews, asked what options are due to be considered in the review and was told by Cllr. Furey (acting Cabinet member for Environment and planning) that it would be either amending the existing waste contract, or terminating the waste contract and achieving recycling and landfill diversion improvements without new infrastructure by securing alternative technology. Peter concluded: "Finally, do you agree the value for money assessment completely misses the point as it is based on the [erroneus] assumption that Surrey must build an incinerator?" The Leader, David Hodge said their questions would be answered after the meeting.
Last Tuesday's Cabinet meeting was originally earmarked to further detail the impacts of delays in the delivery on value for money and affordability of the Eco Park project but the decision has now been put back to 28th April. Cllr. Furey confirmed that the evaluation of each option would include the 'whole life cost' of construction, operation and maintenance.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how and when the Council intends to involve people, businesses and organisations in the planning process. The SCI includes how stakeholders will be involved in the review of the Local Plan, preparation of other planning documents and evidence base studies as well as the determination of planning applications.
The Council has prepared a draft SCI which updates the current version adopted in 2006. This ensures that the Council takes account of changes to planning legislation and guidance since the current SCI was adopted. A link to the 2006 SCI can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Council is now seeking views on the draft Statement of Community Involvement over a four week period from Friday 27 February 2015 to Monday 30 March 2015. The draft SCI is also available to view at the Council Offices in Knowle Green during normal opening hours. Copies of the draft SCI can be made available in large print, Braille or another language on request. Please contact the Council on 01784 446345 or alternatively email Planning Policy if this is required.
Comments on the draft SCI can be submitted by using the online form or by downloading and completing the comments form on the Council Website. Copies of the comments form are also available at the Council Offices during normal opening times.
Comments forms can be returned either by email or by post to:
Planning Policy & ImplementationSpelthorne Borough CouncilKnowle GreenStaines-upon-ThamesSurreyTW18 1XB
Comments must reach the Council no later than Monday 30 March 2015. Please note that comments cannot be treated as confidential and will be made publicly available on the Council's website either in full or in summary. Whilst the names of those responding and their comments will be made publicly available personal details such as addresses or contact details will not.
Following consultation the Council will consider all of the comments made and whether any changes are required to the draft SCI. The SCI is scheduled to be adopted Summer 2015.
For full details and access to all relevant links, click here: https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/SCI
Our local Halliford and Sunbury West Ward Councillor, Daxa Patel (pictured), has announced her decision to resign from her position as Cabinet Member for Emergency Planning to concentrate on her duties as Ward Councillor. She will be replaced by Cllr. Colin Davis (pictured). In a letter to Chief Executive Roberto Tambini, Councillor Patel said "I have found the work as Portfolio Holder for Emergency Planning to be stimulating and rewarding, and very much appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from staff and fellow councillors".
Leader of the Council, Cllr Robert Watts said: "I would like to express my sincere thanks to Cllr Daxa Patel for the strong contribution she has made; particularly her work with the community during last year's flooding. I am pleased to welcome Cllr Colin Davis to the Cabinet. Colin brings a wealth of experience to the Cabinet and I very much look forward to working with him."
He added: "I am taking this opportunity to review the roles of all the Cabinet Members and will announce a change to the portfolio holders' responsibilities shortly."
Readers will be pleased to hear that the little schnauzer, which survived an attack by an American bulldog (see article of 3rd February), has now fully recovered. Following a police investigation, the owner has signed a voluntary agreement for his dog to be muzzled when in public. This, it seems, is the least the owner is prepared to do as he has offered no apology; nor has he offered to repay the £400 vet's bill.
Settlement via the small claims court is an option now being considered by the schnauzer's owner.
Additional powers were granted to the police and local authorities in October 2014 under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. These powers include acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs), community protection notices (CPNs) and public spaces protection orders (PSPOs).
All are designed to give greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. The Act also amended Part 7 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to extend the offence of a dog being “dangerously out of control” to all places, including private property where the dog has the right to be and to make explicit that an attack on an assistance dog is an aggravated (more serious) offence.
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 27th February, when the Club welcomes BAD INFLUENCE for the first time. They have been on the Club's radar for a while since they were recommended by a couple of their regulars but, until now, it has been difficult to pin down a suitable date.
They've been together for a long while, having originally been formed in 1986 by Val Cowell (vocals and guitar) and Richard Hayes (lead & slide guitar), who have been permanent members ever since, and the line-up is completed by Pete Stroud on bass (he was formerly with Peter Green’s Splinter Group and will be familiar to you as bass player with Buddy Whittington) and long-time drummer Harry James (former member of Thunder and Magnum). They play a distinctive brand of up-front blues and rock, blending original material from their albums with interpretations of material from the likes of Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and Fleetwood Mac—their most recent CD features tracks that they recorded for broadcast on Paul Jones R&B show on Radio 2 – getting a session on that show is itself a considerable accolade.
It will be a fine evening of archetypal Sunbury Music Night rocking blues, and the Club looks forward to seeing you there. There’s plenty of info and some music samples on their web site at www.badinfluence.org.uk