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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

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.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2019 are now payable.

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 0800555111
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ give-information
 
Message Sent By
Maxine 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.”

 

Saturday, 02 February 2019 09:06

New Year's Newsletter at the Printers

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

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