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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.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by leaving your details via the Contact LOSRA Menu. Also, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership, now. Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2014 are now payable and may be made via the Paypal facility.

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A poster for a special photo exhibition to be held at Sunbury Library between 10am - 4pm on 8th November may be viewed by clicking here

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Residents will remember that a public consultation on local bus services was conducted some years ago. It seems that we have arrived at that moment again with the following (abridged) email which has been received by LOSRA from Surrey County Council:

As you know, Surrey County Council is subject to enormous pressures on our funding. Increased demand for essential services such as adult social care and school places, coupled with reduced Government funding, means we need to review our spend on all the services we provide for the county’s residents.

We are therefore carrying out a review of local transport services in the county, with the aim of making significant savings in this area over the next three years. The views of residents and partners will from a key part the review, and we have therefore launched a consultation.The review will focus on the following three aspects of local transport: 

  • The council’s subsidy of all local bus services.
  • The provision of community transport in the county, and how this can be made more commercial.
  • SCC-funded discretionary concessions:

To help achieve this, the public consultation will run from now until 14 January 2015. Plans will only be drawn up after residents, partners, bus-user groups and other stakeholders have had their say.

To take part in the consultation residents and stakeholders can complete the online survey, which will be widely promoted via our website and other digital channels. If you're unable to access these links, please click on the link below:

A hard-copy of the survey will also be available, from early November, from libraries, district and borough and parish council buildings and bus stations, and we will advertise the consultation via a poster campaign at bus stations, on buses and in other public buildings throughout Surrey. 

Visit: www.surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview

Email: localtransportreview@surreycc.gov.uk

Write to: Local Transport Review | Room 365 | County Hall | Kingston Upon Thames | KT1 2DN

Phone: 0300 200 1003

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Patients Open Meeting at Sunbury Health Centre, 27th OctoberThanks 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.

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All Night Workers Gig at Sunbury Cricket Club, 24th OctoberThe 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.

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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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Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) - Invitation to Sign PetitionCPRE'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

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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 leisure@spelthorne.gov.uk

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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 rts@environment-agency.gov.uk or by writing to RTS team, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, RG1 8DQ.

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