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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PC Caroline Barnes has sent LOSRA her Policing Report for March 2011.
As recently reported in the Surrey Herald, the car park at Fordbridge Road continues to be a source of late night disturbance to residents living close by.
To see PC Barnes' report, click here.
Missing from Sunbury-On-Thames, Nursery Road since early hours of Thursday 31st March.
Beautiful all ginger 3 year old cat. Magnum does have a combination of white, ginger and black whiskas. Magnum was last seen at 9pm on Wednesday 30th March, he failed to come for his breakfast on Thursday 31st March.
Magnum was wearing his blue collar with a brass ID tag and a green ‘I’m chipped’ tag attached.
Magnum is a gentle soul however he can become scared and timid among strange people and surroundings.
Please, Please check your sheds, garages etc he could be hiding or trapped injured.
If you have seen or heard anything about Magnum please contact Justine – 07877806892 or Michael - 07838155309
Readers of this Site will remember how we campaigned last year for a farmers' market to come to Sunbury. It seems as though our voice has been heard.
Sunbury Cross is hosting its first Farmers, Arts & Crafts Market on Saturday 16th April at 9am till 4pm.
It will be located outside the Chubb building and parking is available in the multi-storey car park (left at traffic lights by Kentucky Fried Chicken). With its 2 hours free parking you can enjoy the many stalls at the market and shop in the centre and on the parade via the subway.
As this is the first market to be held in Sunbury, organisers will be ambitious for it to succeed and will judge from the turnover whether it should come to Sunbury again in the future. The rest is up to us!
Drivers and Duty Officers are required to help continue this long established Volunteer Help Scheme which organises car journeys for those unable to access their own or Public Transport, for visits to local Doctors, Hospitals, Shopping Needs, Day Centres, Hairdressers, and various other local trips as required. Drivers are occasionally needed on weekdays only to strengthen our existing team. Duty Officers who deal with telephone requests are needed 9,30am to 11.30am weekdays only to organise the above lifts with Drivers from the Clients home and return. Contributions for car and phone costs are made periodically.
For further details on how the scheme works please phone John (01932 784432) anytime for an informal chat.
Residents anxious to know when the road markings at Sunbury Cross are to be replaced will be delighted to hear that the Highways Authority of Surrey County Council will be commencing the remedial work on 4th April.
Please support our efforts to oppose the proposed Eco Park by attending this important fund-raiser on Saturday, 16th April from 7pm - 9.30pm. Venue: Charlton Village Hall, Hetherington Road, Charlton Village. Tickets cost £10 and may be purchased by following the instructions on the attached poster.
Dale Harris, a Shepperton resident and Doctor of Music is to perform a special guitar recital in order to raise funds for the Spelthorne Against the Eco Park (SATEP) campaign. (For more information on this Campaign, see our Spring Newsletter which may be viewed on line).
Dale is known for playing a variety of guitars in a multitude of instrumental musical styles; anything from classical to jazz; flamenco to rock; ragtime to country.... and all with an authentic flair for the style executed. He is a heavily booked musician who has kindly found the time in his busy schedule to put on this recital for us. To view the poster, click here.
14th, 15th, 16th April at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames St.
'Two' is a touching & humorous tale of an evening in a small pub, where we meet the landlord and landlady who chat happily to us (though not to each other) and introduce us to a variety of local characters - couples, singles, children, old men and women who all have a story to tell.. This diverse group of customers each share a very personal moment of their lives with us, and the secrets and revelations unravel into an emotional conclusion.
'Two' will be moving, funny, shocking and heart-warming. Seating is limited so advanced booking is recommended. Tickets £10 from box office 01932 564 891.
Visit www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk for more info.
The Spring newsletter, which carries some very important items, has now gone to the printers and will be distributed to households from next weekend.
To view the Spring newsletter, click here.
To see all back issues, click here.
NOTICE OF THE SUNBURY AMATEUR REGATTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SUNDAY 27th March 2011 at 10.45 for 11.00 am
THE ADMIRAL HAWKE, GREEN STREET, SUNBURY-ON-THAMES
Dominic de Lord of Crick Heitman Chartered Accountants, a LOSRA sponsor and our honorary auditor, is offering to provide free and independent advice to any Lower Sunbury Resident who is considering starting up a business; and to make introductions to existing local businesses.
If you are interested, please give Dominic a call on 01784 243054.
Residents may already be aware of the SCC online petition to lodge objections to the Surrey-wide proposal to introduce on-street parking charges . following information is being circulated to everyone in Surrey in an effort to achieve the 20,000 signatures needed to force a formal debate.
To object to Surrey County Council’s proposals to introduce on-street parking charges throughout the county please sign this online petition. It only takes a couple of minutes and you could help retain the vitality of our Surrey towns and save hundreds of local shops and businesses who are already struggling to survive in this fragile economic climate.
If 20,000 signatures are collected before 23rd March, SCC will have to take the escalating protests seriously because they will then be compelled to hold a formal debate. Don't delay; this petition merely demands a formal debate, a democratic right to which we should feel entitled with or without a petition!
PASS THIS ON TO AS MANY OF YOUR CONTACTS AS POSSIBLE AND SAVE THE VITALITY OF OUR SURREY TOWNS.
LOSRA has been notified that the Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council which was due to sit today at 3pm (see article of 3rd March) has been cancelled. We had to recognise our limitations when up against a big corporation and the vested interests of Surrey County Council; and, despite the cost, we had no choice but to seek the opinion of a most respected QC and a specialist in planning law.
Our Solicitor, having taken the QC's advice, has written to the Head of Legal Services at Surrey County Council and argued on very powerful grounds for refusing the application. It is a great relief to hear that the Planning Committee has now been cancelled, if only for the time being. It can only be hoped that this misconceived application will itself ultimately put into the recycling bin .
To see the Solicitor's letter click here (Adobe Acrobat PDF document, 4.5MB)
Moira Buffini has written a deliciously black satirical comedy on that ever-recurring theme, the dinner party from hell. At Buffini’s dinner party caustic comments fly like poisonous darts across the dinner table, penetrating false personas and leaving a trail of emotional carnage.
The Manor Players will perform 'Dinner' at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street from Thursday, 10th March until Saturday 12th March. Performances start at 8pm and tickets cost £10. Box Office: 07771 458696.
'Thames 21' a Registered Charity is appealing for volunteers to help in a clean-up operation at Sunbury Lock Island. This location is a charming part of the Lower Sunbury riverscape and we are being asked to join a team to give it a spring clean on Saturday 12th March.
Volunteers are asked to report to the footbridge ahead of the lock at 10.45am. Old clothes recommended but all necessary equipment will be provided. For more details, go to http://thames21utp.tumblr.com/