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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If you are looking for a place to park over the festive period, please be aware that normal parking arrangements/restrictions apply on all dates except 25, 26 December and 1 January.
The changes that apply to these dates are as below.
On street paid for parking bays
All council operated car parks
Christmas DaySunday 25 December
Please park considerately
Boxing DayTuesday 26 December
Normal restrictions apply
New Year's DayMonday 1 January
Council-operated car parks will be open throughout Christmas and the New Year as normal. Parking will be free in all Council operated car parks on Christmas Day.
Please remember: Even on bank or public holidays, permit bays are designated only for the use of permit holders or visitors' voucher holders.
The next PPG Open Meeting will be held at Sunbury Health Centre at 6.30pm on Monday 4th December. All patients welcome.
One of the doctors and other Practice staff will give an overview of the many positive developments taking place as well as highlighting the challenges faced by the Practice in our ever expanding community.
There will also be an opportunity for general comments, suggestions and questions from patients. Please note that this is NOT an opportunity to discuss individual cases or issues, these should be passed to the Practice in the normal way.
Get into the festive spirit with a free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie when you come to the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, on Sunday, 10th December to be entertained by sound of Blue Note.
Featuring top jazz musicians for which the RAC has rightfully earned a reputation over the last couple of years. Sunday’s Christmas Special will included: Jac Jones – saxophone; Paul Jordanous – trumpet; Terrence Collie – piano; Dave Jones – bass; Matt Skeaping – drums.
Entrance £13 on the door or £10 via website: moodindigoevents.co.uk
Thanks to all those who submitted objections to the proposed development at 126 Green Street (see article of 16/10/17). The concerns of residents have resulted in the application being refused and are reflected in the grounds for the planning officer’s refusal:
“The proposed development by virtue of its design, siting and scale on this prominent corner location, would represent an overdevelopment of the site with a lack of car parking, amenity space and cramped layout. It would be positioned forward of the prevailing building line of adjacent sites and would appear visually obtrusive and out of keeping with the locality. It would not make a positive contribution to the street scene of Manor Lane and Green Street and would not preserve the setting of the neighbouring listed building at no. 124 Green Street, to the detriment of the character of the area. The development will therefore be contrary to Policies EN1 and EN5 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD 2009 and the Supplementary Planning Document on the Design of Residential Extensions and New Residential Development”
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the re-development scheme proposed for Inglewood Hall which has just been approved (see article of 23/10/17).
Local residents will doubtless be dismayed by this decision, not least because the County Highways Authority did not support their concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces as specified by planning law.
Whilst too late for this application, the Association has nevertheless submitted a number of questions for written reply at the next Joint Area Committee (SCC & Spelthorne) on 6th December.
To see LOSRA’s submission, click here
The Christmas market will once more come to Lower Sunbury this year on 7th December and will feature lots of stalls, gifts, carol singing with the Salvation Army and a Santa’s grotto. There will also be a community raffle with tickets on sale in Van Wonderen, Laura’s Hair salon, Tony’s Hairdressers and Skinners post office.
To see poster, click here
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 24th November when the Club kicks off the festive season unusually early as they welcome back THE MERSEY LEGENDS. They normally do the Club’s last show before Christmas, but their availability and the Club availability didn't match in December, so they will be coming in November this year. It's Thanksgiving Day in the USA on the previous day, and Black Friday for the retail industry, so we can safely have an early Christmas rave-up.
The Mersey Legends are led by Yanni, born in Liverpool and who played at The Cavern with his band The Seftons in the heyday of the beat boom – the band were top of the bill when the Cavern re-opened in 1967. He has been true to his Liverpool roots ever since, creating a band and a brilliantly honed act specifically designed to celebrate the great sounds of the Mersey Era. As ever, we will be guaranteed a rip-roaring evening of wall-to-wall Mersey Era classics just like we’ve had for the last four years. There’s more info at www.themerseylegends.co.uk.
8.30pm, £7.50 at the door. Food will be available as usual, so we look forward to seeing you.
Due to the imminent departure of its current incumbent, the RAC is looking for a volunteer replacement treasurer.
This Association has received a number of emails from residents concerned with the recent upsurge in disorderly behaviour and criminal damage by youths on scooters and mopeds congregating in car parks and other public spaces within Lower Sunbury. Indeed, this phenomenon has also been reported in the most recent issue of Sunbury Matters: click to see.
Our local police who have been made aware of this problem and also the spike in residential burglaries are doing their best within their very limited resources. Indeed, The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro, has written to all MPs and Council Leaders in Surrey to seek their support in abolishing the current cap on the policing element of the council tax. In his letter, Mr Munro says “Like many forces up and down the country, Surrey Police are currently running at the limit of their capabilities at a time when demand on the service continues to grow.”
If you have concerns about your neighbourhood and would like to have your say, why not come to the Spelthorne Police and Partnership Meeting on 29th November at the Staines Community Centre.
For full details, click here
Sunbury Cricket Club has established itself as being at the heart of the community and, as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASP), ploughs all profits back into the Club. What better way to support the Club than by booking a table at their Christmas Dinner Disco on Saturday 2nd December:
CHRISTMAS DINNER DISCO
Saturday 2nd December
7:00pm til Midnight
Three Course Dinner & Disco
£20 per head
Choice of Starter
RoastedRed Pepper & Butternut Squash Soup with roll and butter
Atlantic Prawn & Scottish Salmon with capers, lemon dressing and brown bread
Homemade Leak & Stilton Tart with spicy red onion marmalade
Choice of Main
Roasted Turkey Crown with all the trimmings with rich red wine gravy
Grilled Salmon Fillet on a bed of chive mash topped with a dill cream sauce
Thai Green Curry with steamed rice
Goat Cheese & Spinach Lasagna with sautéed garlic potato
(all mains served with platters of vegetables on the table)
Choice of Dessert
Christmas Pudding homemade Brandy Sauce
Toffee Apple Crumble with custard
The Club Bar
Dave Smith (07590 209763)
Karl Burgess (07557 024503)
The Club welcomes a return visit for ‘A’ Train who feature the fine vocalist Debbie Bracknell who works in the current incarnation of the British hit-making jazz funk band Shakatak.
Also in the band is well-known local bass player Roger Harding, along with pianist Andy Walls and Drummer Alan Cottrell. There is full information about the band at www.atrainband.co.uk.
Manor Players are staging this hilarious comedy by Graham Linehan, based on the 1955 film of the same name. The play enjoyed a successful run in London some years ago and it is now on its way to brighten up those dark, grey November nights in Sunbury-on-Thames. If you like the sound of the synopsis below, why not join us for a read-through on Thursday 24th August?
‘The Ladykillers’ tells the story of the sweet, innocent Mrs Wilberforce, who lives alone with her parrot in a strange, lopsided house in London.
Her daily routine is shaken by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who make up the most unlikely group of criminals.The gang disguise themselves as a string quartet rehearsing in Mrs Wilberforce’s spare room, while they plan the theft of a security van at Kings Cross Station.
Mrs Wilberforce suddenly finds herself pitted against a gang of criminal misfits, who decide to involve her in the plot. Surely a little old lady has nothing against five cunning men…
Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, Sunbury. For further details and bookings go to manorplayers.org
Christopher Gurdev is a dementia friends champion for the area. His role involves meeting various people in the area and trying to encourage people to support those living with dementia.
It is possible to live well with dementia and his role is to give tips and tools on how to provide that support.
He will be holding two information sessions in Sunbury to which all are welcome.
Both sessions will be held at St. Saviours Church on Vicarage Road on the following dates:
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and, as a multi-instrumentalist, he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteen to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).
On Sunday, 19th November he will be appearing at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street in a tribute to Charlie “Bird” Parker and will be supported by Terence Collie – piano; Paul Michael – bass; Ted Carasco - drums
Time: 7.30pm, entrance £12 or £9 via website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
Hawkedale Primary School is a mainstream, state-funded junior school for boys and girls in Stratton Road, Sunbury
The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. It is a rewarding role and no previous experience is necessary. However, in order to be an effective governor there is a requirement to attend training sessions in order to learn about current educational developments and practices.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one and governors meet three times a term to discuss a number of topics, all that fit within the three core functions of a governing body: