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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Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation.
London became his permanent home after graduating from the famous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists.
He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato, and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner.
On Sunday 3rd March he will be performing with the excellent Terence Collie trio at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury.
For poster giving booking details, click here
Further to our newsletter posted on this site (see article of 2nd February) and in which we undertook to publish the Borough Commander’s report, it may now be viewed by clicking here.
Cllr John Boughtflower, Chair of Spelthorne's Heathrow Expansion Working Group, made the following recent announcement:
"Today we are registering some major concerns with the expansion process that threatens the scheme's credibility and timely deliverability. These concerns have been flagged over a prolonged period with HAL [Heathrow Airport Limited] and we remain surprised that such shortcomings should exist at all in such an important scheme.
With only a handful of months before the formal statutory stage commences, we are taking this opportunity to urge colleagues at HAL to immediately remedy these significant shortfalls. Failure to do so will risk the underlying support our communities and businesses have in the airport's expansion."
Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said:
"This multi-billion pound construction project has the prospect of delivering significant economic benefit to both national and local economies. The scale of opportunity requires the commitment of all parties to genuinely work together to deliver these extraordinary opportunities whilst safeguarding the interests of the airport's neighbours for generations to come.
We remain committed to engaging with HAL at strategic and operational levels to get this process right and that is why we have taken this unprecedented step to highlight publicly the major shortcomings that potentially jeopardise the very credentials of a successful expansion process. We trust HAL will take affirmative steps to address the highlighted concerns."
1) Be honest with communities
Recent HAL 'targeted community engagement' events have barely referenced construction, and where they did, it purely related to the 3rd runway and not the airport's physical expansion. The portrayal of schematic 'cartoon' drawings and cross-sections misrepresented the massing and scale of what parking might be built. Along with various other 'engagement' shortcomings, Spelthorne (yet again) finds itself in the position of having to urge HAL, on behalf of our communities, to be more transparent with them about the potential impacts that could change the area close to their homes beyond recognition. Without open and meaningful consultation, our communities continue to be kept in the dark.
2) Get serious about sustainability
Spelthorne desires a successful and sustainable expansion for local and national economic interests. The Council fully understands that Heathrow's expansion is a hugely complex project that is challenging to grapple with and demands an extraordinary level of scrutiny and assessment to safeguard local community and business interests. Spelthorne has worked hard over the last year to foster a number of development proposals that would secure the delivery of a successful expansion without ratcheting costs and major displacement. Spelthorne asks HAL to become much more receptive to proposals - including our Southern Light Rail scheme - that would make expansion more cost-effective, sustainable and critically less impactful upon the Borough whilst meeting National Policy Statement objectives set by the Government for expansion.
3) Plenty of pain - where's the gain?
Despite highlighting a number of actions that need early implementation to safeguard community interests, HAL has constantly resisted and refused to be party to the commissioning or timely consideration of these measures. Spelthorne urges HAL to recognise that the best time to have started planning for community safeguarding measures was a year ago when Spelthorne first raised them. The second best time is now!
4) No public subsidy
As Cllr John Boughtflower, Cabinet lead for Heathrow has said, "this is no ordinary development; it is an extraordinary scheme of national importance" and that is why he has chaired the Council's dedicated Heathrow expansion team for over a year, working on robustly scrutinising emerging expansion proposals. However, contrary to assertions made by the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Transport and HAL's own Chief Executive, expansion is far from being advanced at "no cost to the British taxpayer". Our scrutiny costs are not insignificant. Spelthorne Borough Council does not want taxpayers to subsidise HAL's expansion process. Spelthorne will continue to seek HAL's financial commitment to meeting this locally crucial work without recourse to local taxpayers or impinging community services.
5) Enough expansion 'smoke and mirrors'
Recently, HAL has suggested that it can shave £2.5 billion and deliver 'expansion' for £14.7 billion, though there is no clarity whatsoever as to what will this sum actually delivers beyond the 3rd runway. With the cost of the 3rd runway estimated at circa £300 million, that leaves an outlay of £14.4 billion that is unknown. Spelthorne asks that HAL publicly declare the 'true' cost and scale of expansion alongside the phasing of terminal campus construction, transport and parking provision and passenger throughput per year. In the absence of this clarity, all stakeholders - from communities to airlines - will continue to be hampered in properly assessing the long-term impact, affordability and value-for-money of the proposed scheme.
HAL's post-Brexit expansion plans
Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is a £2.9 billion turnover business. In 2018 it paid £500 million in dividends to its predominantly overseas shareholders. Its largest shareholder, Spanish-owned infrastructure specialist Ferrovial, moved its international headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam following the Brexit referendum. Because HAL operates an aviation-hub monopoly, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulates its asset base.
Heathrow remains the busiest UK airport. From currently serving 80 million passengers with 480,000 flights per year, Heathrow expansion plans are to serve 130 million passengers with 700,000 flights per year. Expansion is wholly reliant on securing planning permission in the form of a Development Consent Order. As probably the largest privately financed infrastructure project anywhere in the world at present, HAL has a £260 million budget approved by the CAA to spend on securing its expansion development consent.
HAL's expansion infrastructure and cost
Infrastructure to support expansion is reliant on a 3rd runway as well as a new terminal (T6), together with expanded and refurbished existing terminal capacity encompassing T2, extended along its length and connected with three further new pier buildings. The expansion construction timeline extends to 2038 and beyond.
HAL's expansion was originally stated to cost £31 billion: made up of a £17.6 billion 'scheme capex' and a £13.4 billion 'core capex'. The two are interdependent, as HAL would not build new terminals without a new 3rd runway and vice-versa. Additionally, HAL also planned a separate £16.5 billion sum for 'asset replacement' to maintain their asset base. In total a planned £47.5 billion spend by 2048.
Further to articles posted on 7th January and 2nd February we forward the following report sent on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey:
The Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro’s proposed rise in council tax for policing in return for 100 extra officers in Surrey has been approved by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.The decision will mean the policing element of a Band D Council Tax bill will increase by £2 a month – the equivalent of around 10% across all bands. In return, the PCC has pledged to increase the number of officers and PCSOs in the county by 100 by April 2020. Surrey Police plan to double the number of officers in the dedicated neighbourhood teams supporting area policing teams across the county while also investing in specialist officers to tackle serious organised crime gangs and drug dealers in our communities. The rise, which will come into effect from April this year, was unanimously approved by the Panel during a meeting at County Hall in Kingston-upon-Thames yesterday (4 February 2019).It means the cost for the policing part of the council tax for the financial year 2019/20 has been set at £260.57 for a Band D property.In December, the Home Office gave PCCs across the country the flexibility to increase the amount residents pay in council tax for policing, known as the precept, by a maximum extra £24 a year on a Band D property.The PCC’s office carried out a public consultation throughout January in which approaching 6,000 people answered a survey with their views on the proposed rise. Over 75% of those who responded were in support of the increase with 25% against.PCC David Munro said: “Setting the policing element of the council tax is one of the most important decisions I have to make as the Police and Crime Commissioner for this county so I would like to thank all those members of the public who took the time to fill in the survey and give us their views.“More than three quarters of those who responded agreed with my proposal and this helped inform what was an extremely tough decision which I am pleased has now been approved by the Police and Crime Panel.“Asking the public for more money is never an easy option and I have thought long and hard about what is the right thing for the people of Surrey. We must of course make sure we provide the very best value for money possible and in addition to the precept I have instigated an efficiency review within the Force, including my own office, which will look at ensuring we are making every pound count.“I believe the government settlement this year provides a real opportunity to help put more officers back into our communities which, from talking to residents across the county, is what I believe the public of Surrey want to see. “We want to put more officers and PCSOs in local neighbourhoods to prevent crime and provide that visible reassurance that residents rightly value. Our consultation included around 4,000 comments from people who responded with their views on policing and I am aware that issues such as police visibility continues to concern residents.“I will be reading each and every comment we have received and will discuss those issues raised with the Force to see how we can work together to address them.“Following the approval of my proposal today, I will now be speaking to the Chief Officer team at Surrey Police to carefully plan both this extra uplift of officers and engagement events across every borough in the county to involve the Surrey public in that process.”
Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes the move of a new soft play operation to the Club from next Monday 11th February. Its presence provides welcome revenue for the Club - and much needed respite for parents and grandparents of pre-school children!
Busy B's Café is a buzzing brand new play café offering a safe and fun place where babies to pre-schoolers can explore and make friends whilst grown ups relax. Busy B's offer a tasty and healthy selection of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy; even the busiest of B's!
Previously based elsewhere in the borough the move to the Club provides Busy B's with more space and the opportunity to be open every weekday between 9:00am and 3:00pm.
Busy B's will also be offering a play venue for children's parties organised around the Club's match schedules.
More information, and plenty of photographs, are on Busy B's Facebook account at www.facebook.com/busybscafe
We have received the following announcement from St. Mary’s and are very pleased to reproduce it here:
"The Friends of St Mary's are pleased to welcome back the internationally renowned soprano Kathryn Harries, Immediate Past Director of the National Opera Studio who , with Oksana Sliubyk - soprano; Gabrielle Dundon - soprano; and Hannah Quinn - piano, will bring an evening of light opera and musical entertainment to St Mary's Church at 7.30pm. on Saturday, the 23rd of February. Tickets £10 on the door, or £9 for 'Friends' and in advance, available from 01932 785035 or 01932 785807. We look forward to seeing you there for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening, with proceeds going towards completing our current restoration project!"
To see poster, click here
The following self-explanatory notice has been received from the Borough Police Commander for Spelthorne:
“We are experiencing a high number of burglaries to Sheds and outdoor storage areas in Sunbury. Many of the thefts involve bicycles of varying values and tools.Please take a picture of your bike before it is stolen and if possible note its serial number.If you are unfortunate to become a victim of burglary we urge you to research the on line market places and selling sites and let us know if you identify any of your property.Maybe you could help us further and let us know where all our bikes and stolen property are being sold?
“Contact 101 or on line here or if you wish to remain a contact Crime Stoppers 0800555111https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ give-information” Message Sent ByMaxine Cilia (Surrey Police, Borough Commander, Spelthorne)
Readers will remember the article posted on this site on 7th January which asked the question: “Would you be prepared to pay an extra £2 a month for additional policing in Surrey?”
The result of this consultation prompted the following notice from Surrey:
“SURVEY: A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Council Tax consultation. We had 5,868 responses, with 75.5% in favour of the PCC's proposal which will now go before the Police & Crime Panel. We are also reviewing over 4,000 comments that were submitted by the public.”
Our New Year’s Newsletter which will be delivered to households within the Lower Sunbury area is currently with the printers.
To view the online copy, click here
If you have not registered or have moved since the publication of the Electoral Register on 1 December 2018 you will need to register prior to the election.
The deadline to register is Friday 12 April 2019 and should be made via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. However you may be required to provide documentary evidence to support your application so please register in good time.
For further details, go to: https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/11384/Local-Election---2-May-2019
We apologise for a misleading article published last Monday, 21st Jan. (Scroll down). The somewhat esoteric description accorded to the forthcoming gig did in fact belong to another event entirely.
Much is similar however in that the event at the Riverside Arts Centre on 3rd February will feature the same musicians. That said, the RAC concert, in contrast, is focused on Terence’s performance of his own compositions plus some arrangements of known tunes with his trio and featuring the Konvalia String Trio, for which he wrote all the string arrangements. Weronika Bielecka is invited to sing a few guest songs in the second set.
Terence Collie has developed enormous respect as a jazz pianist able to cross all styles while retaining a strong personal identity and leads a dynamic trio. He is currently running and playing at many successful jazz nights in south west London featuring top line jazz artists as well as performing regularly at some of the best jazz venues in the South of England. February will be the 3rd anniversary of Terence’s trio visiting us at the RAC.
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury.
Date: Sunday 3rd February at 7.45pm
For further details, click here for poster
Weronika Bielecka with Terence Collie Trio and Konvalia String Trio project is an inspirational fusion featuring each musician’s individual artistry and emotional delivery in performance.It is where the beauty of jazz and its complexity meets the naturalness of folk and its subtle lyricism. The unique arrangements of jazz standards and originals, minimalism and sophisticated craftsmanship of the pianist, combined with majestic dynamics of string arrangements and evocative vocals reveal the project’s uniqueness and poise.Weronika Bielecka is a London-based singer-songwriter and jazz singer. She is involved in various music projects and is on a journey of discovery pushing the boundaries through different genres in pursuit of finding her original and unique artistic voice.Her passion for complexity in jazz harmony, melancholic lyricism and a hint of spirituality creates her artistic personae and it is through these sensations that Weronika delivers and shares with her audience.In her music, she creates intimate, dream-like soundscapes, often embraced by the atmosphere of soft darkness. Weronika’s music is a response to uncertainty about fragility of the surrounding world and finding beauty in the acceptance.Terence Collie has developed enormous respect as a jazz pianist able to cross all styles while retaining a strong personal identity and leads a dynamic trio. He is currently running and playing at many successful jazz nights in south west London featuring top line jazz artists as well as performing regularly at some of the best jazz venues in the South of England.
For full details, click here
There is a special music event in aid of the Mayor Spelthorne's Charities at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 8th February at 8.30.
It’s become something of a tradition that the Club devotes one of its Music Nights to a special event to support the Mayor of Spelthorne’s charities, and they have proved extremely successful evenings, so the Club is delighted to repeat the exercise this year.
This year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Jean Pinkerton OBE, a Staines councillor, and her charities are East To West, offering support to children, young people and their families; Rentstart, assisting single people and childless couples to access accommodation; Shopmobility, helping people with mobility problems to get around; and The Penrose Club, providing social activities for adults with special needs. The usual suspects from Sunbury’s talented music fraternity have been assembled once more to play under the name of THE CHAIN GANG in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities - entrance is £10.00, payable on the door (tickets are not being sold in advance).
The line-up will include guitarists Gerry Cook (The Saxons, The Hampton Band),Tim Renton (3 AM), Mark Doyle (Marshall Taylor Band), Chris Allard (Hampton Band); bassists Roger Harding (East of Eden), Martin House (Life & Soul; keyboard player Kevin Welling (Stan Bland Band); harmonica ace Geoff Foreste; multi-instrumentalist Phil Miller-Tate (Marshall Taylor Band); Stephane Booroof (Edison Lighthouse) and Alan Worrell (drums) plus Music Night host and organiser Paul Watts (vocals & guitar). It will be a great night of top class rock ‘n’ roll, blues, ‘60s R&B, rock and country, with the first set devoted to the music of Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash 60 years ago this week.
It’s all for a great cause and will be a fun community night, so please support it. Please note that the show will start at 8.30pm. Hot food will be available from about 7pm.
Spelthorne Council is looking for the best photographs of the borough. This is a chance for you to get outside, explore our beautiful borough and show off your photography skills. You don't need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2018 and is submitted by the closing date.
We are looking for pictures that tell a story about Spelthorne in the following categories:
Living in Spelthorne - What does Spelthorne mean to you? Send us photographs of local places / landmarks or events that you feel depict life in Spelthorne and captures the spirit of this vibrant community.
Urban landscape - Spelthorne is home to many interesting buildings from the historic to the modern. Which buildings capture your imagination or reflect where you live?
Hidden gems - This is an opportunity for you to capture those hidden gems or secret corners that you want to share with us. Be as creative as you like.
Water scenes - Did you know that one third of Spelthorne is covered by water? From the River Thames to the many reservoirs and lakes, we would love to see your waterside snaps. You could include wildlife, boating or simply lovely waterscapes.
Under 16s - We can accept entries for any of the above categories.
The winner of each category will receive the following prize:
The overall winner of all the categories will receive the following prize:
Additionally the finalist pictures for each category will be displayed at an exhibition in the borough.
Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, as digital images. Please include a short caption that best describes the image, your chosen category and provide your contact details (name, telephone number and postal or email address, plus your age if under 16yrs).
The closing date for entries is 31 May 2019. Finalists will be notified by Monday 10 June 2019 and the winners will be presented at a evening reception in the Korda Theatre, Shepperton Studios on the 4 July 2019.
Follow the action on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #captureSpelthorne