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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The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 13th July, when they welcome the Scott Willcox Big Band as part of the Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival.
SCC are no strangers to jazz at the Club, but it's certainly the first time in their recent season of events that they are presenting big band music, with an ensemble which will be at least 15 strong, so it will be quite an impressive sound.
Please note that the band will start pretty promptly at 8pm, so make sure you're there on time if you don't want to miss anything.
There is more info at www.scottwillcox.co.uk and www.ssaa-arts.org. Tickets, £10 may be purchased on the door or are available in advance from the Festival box office at 01932 567365.
LOSRA has pleasure in announcing the annual Picnic In The Park on Saturday 7th July and organised by Friends of Sunbury Embroidery. It’s a chance to bring your chairs, tables, candelabra and hampers to enjoy the delightful surroundings of the Walled Garden and listen to a concert by Richmond Symphonic Concert Orchestra, who will be playing a programme of film music and other similar repertoire.
Although it's summer, the vagaries of the weather so far this year make it impossible to predict the temperature, so bring something warm to wear just in case. This said, It has always proved to be a delightful evening and we’re usually lucky with the weather!
Gates to the Walled Garden will open at 6.15pm for a 7pm start. The concert will finish at approximately 9.30pm. Tickets are now available in the Embroidery Gallery. £12.50 adult and £6 for under 12s.
The following self-explanatory email from the Community Development Officer, SBC, has been received by LOSRA:
You and all member of your association, are invited to this year’s Spelthorne Together Assembly.
It will be on Thursday 27 September at Kempton Park racecourse.
Please distribute this email as widely as possible. Feedback from previous years strongly indicates that “new faces” should be encouraged to attend.
Bookings are required from those delegates who wish to attend the entire event and take part in the presentations / workshops
In a departure from previous years - for those who do not wish to attend the entire event, the popular “marketplace” with stands from dozens of local organisations, will be open throughout for casual visitors to drop in. No booking is required for this.
Stands will include the public sector (Spelthorne Council, Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, NHS and so on); community and voluntary organisations including Age Concern, CAB, VAIS, Crest, Crossroads etc; private sector such as Heathrow and Spelthorne Business Forum.
We are planning to put on a borough map display of Residents’ Associations, showing location and areas represented, along with contact details.
This follows the exercise undertaken late last year where RAs were asked to provide details of where their members live.
Please use the online booking facility.
Community Development Officer
Spelthorne Borough Council
Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex TW18 1XB
office: 01784 446421
mobile: 0795 085 3031
LOSRA has today been informed that The old Surrey Police contact number 0845 125 22 22 is now permanently out of service.
The single non-emergency contact number is 101 or 01483 571212 can still be used if preferred.
Please only use 999 in a genuine emergency.
The London Irish applications for their Avenue site and Hazelwood Golf Centre were finally determined by Planning Committee on 21st June. Readers will be aware that the Planning Officer recommended approval of all three proposals and, after much debate, the Committee duly approved the development of Hazelwood but with conditions yet to be agreed.
The alternative scheme for The Avenue site, with its higher proportion of family homes and no flats, was also approved; and resulted in the original much denser scheme being withdrawn.
LOSRA has fought long and hard over the last 3 years - and much harder than some might suppose, to resist these developments but must now accept that the campaign is over. At the very least, and through the persistence of local campaigners, a plan which falls below even the minimum density prescribed in the Council's own planning policy has been agreed.
The Sunbury Summer Market will be making a very welcome return on Sunday June 24th from 11am – 4pm in Avenue Parade. This date has been moved from June 3rd as there were deemed to be too many clashes with other Jubilee activities.
Stalls will be selling food, gifts, clothing and there will be a face painter to decorate your children! The Lower Sunbury Business Community looks forward to welcoming local residents and outside visitors who may be in Sunbury for Open Gardens. If you are available and willing to help put up and take down stalls your help would be appreciated. Please speak to Dennis at Van Wonderen flowers, Avenue Parade.
LOSRA is immensely grateful to all those who attended our fundraising Garden Party on Sunday. A beautiful day saw a crowd of 450 local residents turn out to support the event which was made possible by the kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Heslop, who live in the Old Vicarage in Church Street and offering to make their beautiful garden available to the Association.
As well as giving local residents the opportunity to view this lovely garden, the LOSRA Summer Garden Party offered food and refreshments including afternoon teas and coffee, bucks fizz and wine bar, a summer BBQ and food from "The Indian Zest." There was live music throughout the afternoon provided by a variety of local musicians and fun things to amuse children. Local products were also available for purchase from a variety of small stands. Boat rides to see the village from the river completed the list of attractions.
At the latest reckoning, and thanks to your generosity, we succeeded in raising £2080 after all expenses had been paid.
A steering group has been formed to consider the proposed development of the Riverside Works site in Fordbridge Road. Following numerous site meetings an information day will now be held at the Riverside Arts Centre on Saturday 23 June from 10am to 3pm, where you can find out more about the early plans for the site, give your feedback and get your questions and queries answered.
The steering group comprising the Hon.Chairman, LOSRA, John Hirsh and Jenny Grant of CAROD (Campaign Against Riverside Over-development) representing the local community, the developer Linden Homes and the Environment Agency, has as its purpose:
The steering group was formed following the dismissed appeal in February 2011. All involved recognised that it would be much more effective and productive if the different interest groups were to work together and resolve outstanding issues, leading to a development everyone could get behind.
The steering group has now met four times and has developed a set of principles for the development to inform everything going forward. Those principles are:
Building on these principles, the steering group has developed a draft overall site strategy plan along with two very early sketches showing a couple of layout options for the development. These plans are available to download and view by clicking here.
SUNBURY ADULT LEARNING CENTRE, which is situated in The Avenue, offers a wide variety of courses such as ballroom and Latin American dancing, calligraphy, languages, photography, pottery and upholstery. There are Saturday workshops and a range of Supported Learning classes. The programme includes lip reading courses and English as a Foreign Language.
This is a great way to make friends while learning a new skill or brushing up on one. The Centre offers discounts for over 60’s not in full time employment (20%) and those on certain benefits (50%). The Autumn/Spring programme is available from 2nd July.
For further information phone 01932 794514 or click here for course information.
The Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association has great pleasure in announcing its summer Festival. There is something to suit all tastes, including comedy, big band, classical music, a balalaika band and a celebrity luncheon with Phyllida Law. For details of all events click here.
Despite a very long 3 year campaign and two refusals on appeal, it will come as a great disappointment to read that the Planning Officer now recommends approval of the development of The London Irish Avenue Site and the Hazelwood Golf Course.
As mentioned on this Site before, the refusals on appeal were heavily qualified by the Planning Inspector and it was only a matter of time before London Irish would carefully examine the caveats contained within the Planning Inspector's report and submit further applications. This they have now done and the Planning Officer's reports may be viewed by clicking here.
The tenth anniversary of the Sunbury Open Gardens promises to be the best yet, with even more gardens to visit than usual. (www.sunburyopengardens.co.uk)
From a cottage garden with a Thai theme, to Sunbury’s premier garden at Monksbridge, there is something for everyone. Walk where Prince Edward met for trysts with his mistresses before Wallace Simpson came on the scene. Take in the Italianate or ponder over a plantswoman’s pride and joy. There will be the work of others to enjoy and ideas to take away and you will be helping to raise funds for the Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and St Mary’s Church.
Homemade cakes and jams, books, plants, teas and cakes and refreshing drinks are all on offer; together with a mega raffle with prizes from a flat screen TV to tickets for the Hampton Court Flower Show. Tickets for the gardens are £4 in advance (£5 on the day) from Skinners in the Avenue, from the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, or by telephoning Sue on 019327 786675.
Residents are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of our Association will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, on Wednesday 13th June at 8pm
As always, we like to have a special guest at our AGM in order to provide residents with an extra reason for making the effort to attend. We are very fortunate to welcome Heather Morgan, Head of Planning & Housing Strategy, who will speak on topical planning issues including the recently published National Planning Policy Framework; and its implications for the Borough of Spelthorne. Regrettably, comment on specific applications yet to be heard by Planning Committee may not be possible.
Answering to the name of 'Blue' this neutered 8 year old male cat has gone missing from the School Walk/Lyndhurst Avenue area.
He was last seen on the morning of the Monday Jubilee bank holiday and is known to have quite a range in his travels. He has gone missing before but has always previously returned within 24 hours.
Residents in the vicinity are asked to check sheds or other outbuildings in which he might have taken shelter during the changeable weather we have been experiencing.
If you think you may have seen him or know of his whereabouts please contact 07515 637474.