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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After a number of false starts (see articles of 21/1/14, 7/3/14 & 3/7/14) the cattle grazing in Subury Park will start on 3rd September with a two month trial.
We are not certain how the trial will be monitored nor how it will be judged to have been a success or failure.
The Friends of Sunbury Park (FoSP) have been closely involved in this project from its inception and will doubtless publicise the results in due course.
We are very grateful to all those who took the time to complete the ballot paper and give very helpful feedback in response to the public consultation on the cycle/footbridge proposal to connect Lower Sunbury with the Thames Path National Trail at Walton (see article of 22nd March and autumn 2014, spring and AGM 2015 newsletters).
We are delighted to say that an astonishing total of 911 local residents responded to the feasibility study's options. Overwhelming support for the proposal was shown by 92.9% respondents with 2.9% against. 4% were undecided or did not make their preference clearly.
We are indebted to the sponsorship of a private donor who funded the reputable firm, Cratus Communications, to conduct the public consultation on our behalf.
To see the one page executive summary, click here
If you have more time for the thorough and detailed report, click here
The following update on the 'Eco Park' development at the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Charlton Lane has been received by LOSRA:
I am writing to you with some information on the Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre in Shepperton that is used by residents in your area, which I hope you will find helpful.
During week commencing Monday 24th August we will begin work on a new reuse centre for the recycling centre. The area where this will be built is clear of containers, and hoarding's will be erected to screen the building works from residents using the recycling centre. We therefore anticipate that there will be minimal disruption to the service from these works.
Two weeks later, during week commencing Monday 7th September, works will begin to the rear of the community recycling centre to build a ramp that will link the recycling centre with the Eco Park’s new recyclable bulking facility and install new drainage. Works in this area are expected to continue into late November and the containers at the rear of the site will be unavailable during this period. The site will continue to accept the full range of materials but with a reduced number of containers, and containers for wood, metal, carpet and cardboard will be relocated inside and adjacent to the transfer station building (those inside will be accessed through the windows).
The change to the layout of the containers and the temporary reduction in the number of containers means waiting times may be affected.
To minimise disruption during the forthcoming period of works, extra staff will be on hand to advise visitors of any changes to the layout of the containers and the opening time will be extended to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
We are also taking steps to inform residents who use the site by handing out flyers, placing adverts in the Surrey Advertiser and the Staines Informer and displaying a banner at the site. The information for residents includes details of when the site is less busy (mid-week and earlier in the day) and details of the nearest alternative community recycling centre in Martyrs Lane, Woking.
Further information about the Eco Park can be found at www.ecoparksurrey.uk and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Samuel Brownjohn Recycling and waste recovery UK Communications Executive
Recent changes to the road architecture in Thames Street designed to reduce speed are to be welcomed especially now that it is a designated 20mph zone. Unfortunately one unintended consequence has come to light following a recent downpour, and despite the potential problem having been raised at the initial planning consultation.
A local Thames Street resident's house has been 'battered' by a small river which formed outside his house (illustrated) and which appears to have been caused by poor drainage associated with the newly installed speed tables. The front door to the property swelled and expanded making it impossible for his wife to leave the house. She simply couldn't open the front door. It is reasonable to suppose that further heavy downpours can be expected as the autumn and winter approaches which makes a resolution to the problem a priority.
Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, invites residents to attend the next Spelthorne Crime Summit on 22nd September 2015 at Spelthorne Borough Council Offices. It should be noted that space is limited so those wishing to attend are advised to register early.
For details, click here
The Rugby World Cup kicks off in just under a month on the 18th September. Many residents were taken by surprise at the closure of the A316 for the England v France warm-up last Saturday. The 'test' closure will be repeated on 5th September for the England v Ireland warm-up fixture. These closures were deemed necessary to iron out any unforeseen promlems ahead of the ten closures which are planned for the Twickenham World Cup fixtures.
To see the relevant RWC dates and rationale behind the transport plan, click here