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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LOSRA members turned out in force to attend the public meeting at St. Mary's Church Hall last night. With standing room only by the time the meeting started at 8.30pm the audience heard first hand from the members who will be giving evidence at the Public Inquiry starting on 7th June.
Each witness gave an outline of the evidence he had individually researched and the presentations were followed by a lively and very useful question and answer session.
Members responded enthusiastically to an appeal for funds to help the LOSRA case and, whilst we can't give a precise figure at the time of going to print, the smile on the Treasurer's face at the conclusion of the event suggested that support was generous indeed. We are very grateful to all those who donated.
For the benefit of residents who were unable to attend we make no apology for repeating the appeal to come along to the Public Inquiry even if you can spare only an hour or two. It would be particularly helpful if the public gallery at the Council Chamber were to be full at the start of the Inquiry at 10am on 7th June.
'Jukebox' a medley of comedy sketches, songs and dances from the last 30 years will be performed by the Riverside Youth Theatre at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street.
RYT is a community theatre for young people aged 12 - 18, is run entirely by volunteers and it's survival is heavily dependent on local support. This promises to be an entertaining night out for the whole family.
Performances will be staged from 18th - 21st May commencing 8pm. Booking tickets - call 07531797990 or book on-line at Riversideyouththeatre.com
In her report, Caroline Barnes introduces the new PCSO Joe Smith who joins the Safer Neighbourhood Team on 18th May. To see her report, click here.
The local election results for Lower Sunbury and the constituency wide AV referendum results are as follows:
Halliford and Sunbury West:Sandra Dunn (Liberal Democrat), Tim Evans (Conservative), Daxa Patel (Conservative).
Sunbury East:Alfred Friday (Conservative), Caroline Nichols (Liberal Democrat), Suzy Webb (Conservative).
Referendum:Referendum on alternative voting system was rejected by the Spelthorne constituency – yes votes: 7687, no votes:21873.
LOSRA extends its congratulations to those newly elected and to those re-elected councillors. We look forward to working together in support of the Association's aims and for the benefit of our local community.
The Police College which has been vacant and boarded up since October last year has finally been listed for sale in the Estates Gazette by Knight Frank. The Head of Planning Policy for Spelthorne Borough has met the Met Police and their agents to explain what the planning issues are in relation to the site and has emphasised the high quality that would be required in any development. The marketing is making it clear that its residential potential would indicate the most appropriate future use of the site.
It is understood that the Met Police are looking to sell the freehold and it is expected that any sale will take place over the coming months. Assuming that the site is bought for redevelopment rather than using the building as it is, we should expect the future owners to bring forward proposals to the Local Planning Authority from late summer/autumn onwards.
Following the success of the first farmers market last month, the organisers will be bringing the Market back to Sunbury Cross again on Monday 14th May and 18th June. If it continues to be a success we can expect the Market to become a regular feature of the shopping calendar.
Friday 13th May - FIRE AND WATERAn evening of classic rock, with the music of Free, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and more, featuring Paul Cox and Mike Summerland. Full info at www.note-music.co.uk/15.FireandWater/fireandwater.html
Admission £4.00 on the door. Promoted in association with Stayin' Alive Rock Events (www.stayin-alive.org.uk)
Friday 27th May - PROTECT THE BEATAn evening of the very best contemporary jazz funk. This is a must-see band, featuring Derek Nash (Jools Holland), Winston Blissett (Massive Attack), Tim Cansfield (Stevie Winwood, Annie Lennox), Arden Hart (Massive Attack, Bootsy Collins) and star local drummer Darby Todd. Full info at www.protectthebeat.com.
Admission: £10.00 on the door. Promoted in association with Brett Todd
Twirltour Travel, our loyal sponsors and supporters would like to invite Lower Sunbury Residents to a very special fundraising event with Bill Wyman on Sunday 8th May in aid of their charity 'Their Future Today'. This looks like an event not to be missed! To find out more click here: www.theirfuturetoday.com or for further information call 07960752289.
We need to draw to your attention an issue relating to the forthcoming local elections. We were very surprised to see in the election literature circulated by the Conservatives in the Sunbury East ward a claim that candidate Adam Shire “most recently published an article in the December 2010 Lower Sunbury Residents Association newsletter”.
As you know, LOSRA is an apolitical organisation – our constitution sets this out very clearly. We have never provided a platform for political parties, and no article by Mr. Shire has appeared in a LOSRA newsletter. We wrote to Mr. Shire asking for an explanation, since we felt that it was potentially damaging to our reputation if residents felt that our impartiality had been compromised, and pointed out that, contrary to advice in the official “Guidance for Candidates” publication, he had not sought our permission before using LOSRA’s name in the leaflet.
More to the point we were concerned that, given LOSRA’s reputation and profile in the area, there was a possibility that some residents might be persuaded to vote for a candidate who appeared to enjoy some kind of special relationship with LOSRA, and that the election process might be compromised. We put this to Spelthorne’s Chief Executive, Roberto Tambini, who immediately consulted the Electoral Commission, who advised that there was no action that the authority could or should take. We are grateful to Mr. Tambini for researching the matter so speedily.
We have now, a week after the original complaint, received an apology from Mr. Shire for using our name without permission, although no explanation of the original statement has been offered. We had asked Mr. Shire to take steps to inform the electorate that the statement in the election leaflet was inaccurate, but have received no assurances in this regard. We therefore felt that, given the shortness of time before the election, we should let as many people as possible know the facts of this matter via our web site and e-bulletin.
Mayor of Spelthorne's XI v Mayor of Haringey's XI - In Aid of Charity - Sunbury Cricket Club Monday 2nd May at 1:00pm
The match will take place in support of the Mayor of Spelthorne's charities, Daybreak Respite Care, Staines Brass Band and Midas Plus which supports charities throughout Spelthorne.
The Mayor of Haringey's XI will be accompanied by a steel band.
The 25 over match will start at 1:00pm. The Mayor of Spelthorne's XI will be captained by Sunbury CC's U17 Player, Matt Nichols.
Please come along and support the fundraising efforts to patch the hole in the Church roof before parishioners need to get the buckets out to catch the rain!
There will be a variety of stalls from Fairtrade to Jewellery and Books to Bric-a-Brac. There is sure to be something for everyone from the very young to the very young at heart. As always there will be hot and cold refreshments to cheer you as you browse. Don't miss the ever popular plant stall or the chance to win something lovely on the Tombola. We have excellent Raffle prizes this year to tempt you.
If you have any items you would like to donate, please contact either Lauren on 789164 or Sue on 786879.
If you haven't made arrangements for the evening of the Royal Wedding, why not make your way down to Sunbury Cricket Club for a programme of music and fun. The event is being put on by the Club together with The Manor Players and Shepperton Players; and all proceeds will go to these groups who, with their great local performers provide us with so much entertainment throughout the year. For details, click here to view poster.
Sunbury Cricket Club is holding another Open Day. This year it is on Sunday 17th April to welcome prospective Colts, Adult Players and those interested in non playing membership. It is hoped that numbers will exceed the 300 adults and children who turned up for a fun afternoon in 2010.
Prospective colts in the U5 – U9 age groups will be invited to join in practice sessions and games as appropriate for the different age groups. Older age groups will have the opportunity to use the Club nets (no studs allowed). It is not necessary to have any cricket kit. Prospective colts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We shall also have kit samples for sizing on the day and Committee Members on hand to answer questions.
Further information is available in the Membership section of Sunbury CC’ website www.sunburycricket.co.uk/membership.html
Surrey Police have just issued the following crime alert to boat owners on the River:
Overnight on the 11th/12th April 2011 a number of thefts where property was stolen, and attempted thefts, from motor boats took place on the River in the Shepperton area. It is believed that a boat was used to approach other moored vessels and the stolen property was taken away and probably landed elsewhere.
If you have a boat moored on the river please could you secure it as much is possible and should anyone see any suspicious activity either on the river or the riverbank or have any information which may assist please do not hesitate to call Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222 or 999 in case of emergency.