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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It is highly regrettable that advice of this application (dated 2.08.18) was not made known to local residents and no public notice had been posted on the front of the building (a requirement which should have beem met by the applicant). A number of residents discovered simply by word of mouth. Nevertheless, we are where we are and time is now very limited as representations must be submitted by 19.09.18. This said, we are aware that late submissions will be considered provided they are received before determination.
Whilst LoSRA will be opposing this application, it is essential that all interested parties make their views known, no matter how briefly, by going to: Spelthorne Planning Applications Online, and search for Dart House. Application 18/01186/FUL.
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The grounds on which our opposition is being formulated will include the following:
LOSRA understands that, in accordance with the Supplementary Planning Document 2011 on parking standards, a development of this size outside a town centre should include provisions for at least 12 off-street parking spaces. This proposal shows six underground parking bays, accessible via a lift/turntable system from street level. This is clearly woefully inadequate and non-compliant with planning guidance. Options for on-street parking simply don’t exist in this locality.
Whilst the architectural sketches make selected reference to the existing street scene, and the potential reuse of original brickwork, the concept design clearly demonstrates a desire to introduce modern features to the building façade including:
The Lower Sunbury Conservation Area is a special feature of our village, and is dear to the hearts of our residents. This site is the first riverside architectural feature on the western aspect of the Conservation Area and therefore defines the character and appearance which LOSRA endeavour to preserve. Furthermore, with the site being situated on the bank of the river Thames, and adjacent to Flower Pot Green, it is part of a vista that has been celebrated in photographs and painting (Daphne Clements amongst others). Accordingly, we believe the site must be protected from this type of development, and that the proposal to demolish the building in these circumstances is wholly inappropriate for the Conservation Area.
Unsurprisingly, due to its prominent location within the Conservation Area, this site is adjacent to a cluster of listed buildings, including The Flower Pot Pub, Northolt, Thames Cottage and Riverside House. The site is also in the immediate vicinity of the grade II listed St Mary’s Church, The Old Vicarage, Old Manor Farm Cottage and Sunbury Nursing Lodge.
Policy EN5 (f) requires “development proposals for any sites affecting the setting of a listed building to have special regard to the need to preserve its setting.” The appearance of the proposed building will destroy the current visual balance of the approach into Sunbury from the West: it has no relationship to the Flower Pot or any of the other buildings in the street, let alone as part of the framing for a view of the church. The proposed design is both highly obtrusive and out of character and harmony within the conservation setting.
This property is directly alongside a busy roundabout, where unfortunately there have been a large number of accidents, including a recent pedestrian fatality. LOSRA encourage both the County Highways Authority and the Planning Officer to consider the proposal very carefully. LOSRA believe that the proposed development is both impractical and unsafe.
The development plans present a much larger building than the existing property, both in terms of footprint and the height. LOSRA believes this constitutes a substantial overdevelopment of the site that would significantly increase the density of buildings within that corner of the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.
Policy EN1 (b) requires that the building “achieves a satisfactory relationship to adjoining properties avoiding significant harmful impact in terms of loss of privacy, daylight or sunlight, or overbearing effect due to bulk and proximity of outlook.”
This proposal represents a drastic increase of both the footprint and the height of the building. We believe that this would have a negative impact on the relationship with adjoining properties. We also submit that, given the site location and orientation relative to Flower Pot Green, the building would have a harmful impact on the amount of sunlight reaching important designated common land within the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.
A pertinent comment on a previous proposal for developing the site, made by the Council’s (then) Listed Buildings and Conservation Officer: “We have particular concern about the starkness of the proposed building and in particular the modern designed roof…” The sentiment is every bit as valid in respect of the proposed development.
We are at pains to point out that our Association is not necessarily opposed to the development of this site; but what is proposed in this application represents an over-development in scale which is completely out of sympathy with the street scene and out of character in the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.
The following email has been received from Spelthorne Council and we are pleased to reproduce it here:
Amazing support for Princess Alice Hospice – 200 signed up, extra tickets still available.
The response to our appeal for fun runners to support Princess Alice Hospice via this great family event has been terrific, with our allocation of places being snapped up well in advance.
The good news is that anyone still wishing to join the fun won’t miss out; tickets are still available direct from the organisers.
All we ask is for any extra entrants to consider getting sponsored for Princess Alice Hospice.
Glow In The Park is the ultimate night-time neon event – a 5k fun run for families and friends. You can dance, jog, walk and run through 6 “Glow Zones” including Foam Zone, UV Paint Blast and Time Tunnel. This is the first such event at the Sunbury racecourse.
For more details of this unmissable experience and a link to the organisers’ site, visit https://www.pah.org.uk/events/ category/runs/ and click on Glow In The Park.
Simon brought himself to the public’s attention while playing in NYJO from 1999 to 2003 and, after being a winner in the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz competition and a Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist, Simon gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music.
Later he was selected to join UK drummer Clark Tracey’s acclaimed Quintet, winning further awards and touring the UK over the course of seven years. Simon also played with Clark’s father, the late Stan Tracey, featuring on the last two quartet recordings and appearing with Stan on the TV show Later With Jools Holland performing a track from Stan’s last album, The Flying Pig. He now plays in the Stan Tracey Legacy Band, helping to introduce Stan’s music to new audiences.
Simon has worked with Colin Towns’ Mask Orchestra for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the Matthew Herbert Big Band, touring around Germany, China, Belgium and Poland. He has appeared at major UK venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican and the Brecon Jazz Festival, and worked with an astonishing array of top musicians from the jazz and pop world, including Jamie Cullum, Beverley Knight and Florence Rawlings, a young soul singer managed by Mike Batt.
Outside of jazz, Simon leads a horn section which has backed Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney among others. He was also featured on the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladdin, as well as on Katie Melua’s Pictures album.
Simon now fronts his own Quintet, with which he has recorded the album Any Minute Now, as well as playing with the Laurence Cottle All Star Big Band, Sax Appeal, JazzBomb and the Bobby Worth Quintet.
He is also Musician in Residence at the Elstree UTC and, in September 2014, was appointed saxophone tutor and Head of Jazz at the Purcell School of Music.
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Whilst the clinical care provided by the Practice continues to be rated highly by patients, access to appointments and waiting times to contact the Practice by telephone remain the predominant challenges.
The number of consultations has grown by at least 16% over the last seven years and the trend remains upwards. The Practice is evolving to meet this challenge through a process of continuous analysis and improvement. The feedback from all the patients who have participated in the annual Patients’ Survey, responded to the Mjog text service and/or the recently published national GP Patient Survey is very valuable in assessing the standard of service the Practice delivers and in setting priorities for the year ahead.
The Practice has developed a number of initiatives in the past year to meet the challenges of the increased demand for services.
The addition of Training GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Assistants, a Clinical Pharmacist, additional Phlebotomy clinics, Extended Access Clinics (from September 2018) and the new Clinical Correspondence Team are adding to the capacity of SHCGP. Guiding patients to the most appropriate of these team members is a key objective for the coming year.
Studies have shown that approximately 25% of GP appointments could be dealt with by another healthcare professional. For example, prescription queries can be dealt with by the Clinical Pharmacist, Nurse Practitioners can provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, are able to write prescriptions and make referrals where appropriate.
By guiding patients to the most appropriate team members, or to self-care, may enable Doctors to use their time more effectively. This is a focus area for the coming year.
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In the last few days, the owners of a Honda Jazz and a Toyota Prius have had their catalytic converters targeted in broad daylight by thieves in the Sunbury area. These two separate crimes may herald a spree which may claim more victims. Vehicle owners are urged to be vigilant especially as the cost of repair can be very considerable.
A white male aged between 20 and 30 years driving a black Vauxhall Astra (no registration number) was seen to be loading his booty into the Vauxhall car before it was realised what he had done.
What’s the attraction for thieves? Well, the catalyst itself is most often a mix of precious metals. Platinum is the most active catalyst and is widely used, but is not suitable for all applications because of unwanted additional reactions and high cost. Palladium and rhodium are two other precious metals used. Rhodium is used as a reduction catalyst, palladium is used as an oxidation catalyst, and platinum is used both for reduction and oxidation. Needless to say, catalytic converters have a scrap value!
The Friends of St Mary's are opening the Church for a 'Heritage Open Day' on the 15th September (10-4pm.).
It follows much the same format as in previous years. The day will include a display of archival material by the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society; records & photos from the Church archives, including added details about the names on the WW1 & WW2 memorial boards and other memorials; self - guided tours of the inside memorials and the now rather indistinct Churchyard gravestones, with added information.
There will be tours of the bell tower and a chance to have a go on the bells plus tea/coffee and/or ice cream!
This will be your chance to browse at leisure and to look at the recently restored artwork in the Apse and Chancel, ask questions (good for those doing their family histories) and tell your stories.
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Duncan Eagles a London-based saxophonist who performs regularly at venues and festivals all over the world.
Throughout his career so far, he has appeared at many major venues and festivals around the world including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Wuhan Jazz Fest (China), The Kings Place, Brecon Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Jazz Festival and The Paris Cat (Melbourne). Duncan was also one of the musicians selected for Serious's Take 5 scheme for 2017.
He will be appearing with the Terence Collie Trio on Sunday, 9th September at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street.
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Tickets for the Hamilton Loomis Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 7th September are now available to be bought on line, here
Hamilton was a protégé of the legendary blues artist Bo Diddley and appeared on stage with him as well as performing on his albums. He is a sensational performer, and his ‘live’ show is something to behold.
Guitar Player magazine wrote if him: “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the centre of it.”, and he is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience.
His album “Ain’t Just Temporary” reached No. 7 in Billboard’s Blues Chart. His band features Armando Aussenac (drums, background vocals) and Fabian Hernandez (saxes, keyboards, background vocals). It will be a stunning evening.
There’s full information about him at www.hamiltonloomis.com and loads of ‘live’ videos on www.youtube.com
Spelthorne Council’s Annual Report for 2017 – 2018 may be viewed by clicking here
After the success of last year’s Beer and Music festival Sunbury Cricket Club will be hosting a similar event in 2018.
As the new title implies, however, there will be a greater emphasis on gin this time but without detriment to lovers of ales, lagers, wines and ciders.
Tickets to the public start on Saturday 4th August and may be purchased over the bar or online here
The next Sunbury Music Night is on Friday 17th Aug., when the Club presents “Move It” – A Tribute to the Music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows. Believe it or not, it's 60 years this month since Cliff Richard released his first single and first hit "Move It", so to mark the occasion Sunbury Music Club's regular house band is doing a fund-raising and charity night performing a show comprising the music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows, including a number of the instrumental hits The Shadows had in their own right.
Cliff is still one of the great British rock 'n' rollers, and he has made many fine records over the years, as indeed did The Shadows, and they inspired thousands of youngsters to start playing rock 'n' roll themselves.
The band comprises core members of The Chain Gang, who perform at our Mayor's Charity nights, and features Paul Watts (vocals/rhythm guitar), Gerry Cook (lead guitar/vocals), Martin House (bass guitar/vocals), Kevin Welling (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Alan Worrell (drums).
The proceeds of the evening will be split between a contribution towards installing permanent stage lights at the club, and a donation to The Sir Cliff Richard Charitable Trust, which we thought would be an appropriate gesture.
We are aiming for this to be a real summer party night, so alert any Cliff fans that you know, put a party of friends together and make sure you get along for a fun evening - there will be plenty of songs that you all know the words to!
Venue: Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury TW16 5PS
Food will be available as usual.
Janet McCann of Mood Indigo Events, well known to those who attend the fabulous evenings of jazz at the Riverside Arts Centre, is putting on a workshop in the afternoon of 12th August from 3 pm for 12 singers and instrumentalists run by Georgia Mancio followed by a concert with Georgia and trio in the evening which will be starting at 8, slightly later than normal.
There will also be a student concert for the people on the course to perform from 6 pm so anyone who books for the main concert at 8 would be welcome to come along earlier to that too and at no extra cost. The students will be performing with the Terence Collie trio.
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For Details of the concert, click here
Since 1877, Sunbury Regatta has not only been a serious skiffing race event for local clubs, but also an annual calendar event for Surrey and the local community supporting the development of skills and enjoyment of the River Thames.
The event raises funds in support of the committee's overall charitable objectives of the promotion of Community participation in healthy recreation, physical education and enjoyment of the River Thames through the provision of facilities for the sport of skiffing, rowing, punting and dongola racing to enable people to learn how to row, skiff, punt and dongola race and to practise these skills.
To achieve this we run this 2 day annual Regatta with 60 separate events on the water and onshore at Sunbury and we provide grants to individuals and grants to other organisations focussed on promoting healthy recreation on the river Thames on a year round basis.
All profits from the The Regatta are put toward these charitable objectives and activities.
Thousands of families attend to watch 60 club skiffing and punting races as well as 40 local events such as ‘Row for your local’ and Dongola racing in fancy dress.
The Regatta attracts competitors from skiffing and punting clubs, fire brigades, police forces, the army and businesses across the Thames Valley area.
Away from the river, the lawn on Rivermead Island provides family fun and events all day.
Food stalls from around the world, bar tents, live music through to face painting and tug-o-war provide entertainment through to dusk when the increasingly renowned fireworks displays entertains people for miles around.
The Regatta has kick-started the careers of a number of Olympic rowers and inspired a healthy outdoor lifestyle for thousands of young people.
Admission starts at 9am at about which time racing commences.
Bars open at 11.00 am and other activities on the lawn commence at midday.
Spelthorne Borough Council is delighted to announce that the Sunbury Walled Garden has once again been awarded Green Flag status.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this 'hidden gem' provides a tranquil spot all year round. Free music concerts are being held in the Walled Garden during July and August - visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/music for details.
International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."