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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Cows will return to Sunbury Park on June 15 th for the summer grazing season. There were no cows in the Park last year because it was decided that with the Park being such a valuable and well-used area for people to exercise during the Coved emergency whenso many other activities were restricted, it would make sense not to have them during that time. However, now that things have opened up more, they are coming back this year, arriving on June 15 th .
There will be fewer of them this time – nine cows, we understand – and they we will be in the Park probably until the early autumn, maybe about four months. Having cows in the Park is the best way to manage the grassland from the point of view of keeping down the rank grasses and improving bio-diversity - mowing is expensive and difficult in the Park, and the cows’ grazing habit, tearing at the grass and exposing small areas of earth, helps the seeds of wild flowers and herbs to become established.
We are conscious that many people have acquired dogs during the last year or so and may be new to dog owning, and unfamiliar with interacting with cattle in the Park. It is obviously important that dogs are not allowed to approach, chase or harass the cows inany way, and if you are not sure how they will respond to seeing the cows it is advisable that they are kept on a lead.
Further to the article posted on this site on 10th May.
Ferries from Sunbury across the river to Walton, have operated for hundreds of years and were a vital link for the local communities. Sadly, with the advent of modern transport, bridges and road links, the ferries died out towards the 1970s – until now.
LoSRA has always championed the idea of a new river crossing in Lower Sunbury, and whilst the idea of a footbridge is still a long term objective, an initiative from Spelthorne Council (SBC), through its River Thames Task Group, sees a new ferry service beginning operation from Lower Sunbury next month.
The SBC River Thames Task Group was made up of Spelthorne Councillors, Officers and local community representatives (including LoSRA) with a knowledge of the river and the local area. The Task Group has undertaken a number of riverside projects across Spelthorne including improvements to Kings Lawn and the ferry initiative.
As part of the ferry project, two local residents, Neil Huntingford (a LoSRA Committee Member), and Simon Harris have set up Sunbury Ferry Ltd. Formed as a not-for-profit community company, they have recruited over two dozen local volunteers to operate the ferry service at weekends and public holidays throughout the summer months. Many of the volunteers are already experienced boaters whilst others have taken advantage of the opportunity to gain a qualification through training at Queen Mary's Reservoir.
The Council have generously provided the initial funding to get this community initiative up and running, with LoSRA and other local organisations adding their support as the project has developed.
Keen to be 'green', the new pontoon-style ferry is powered by a whisper-quiet electric engine and crosses the river from the Lower Sunbury bank opposite the Riverside Arts Centre, over to the Walton bank downstream of Sunbury Lock.
LoSRA is proud to be an active supporter of this new service for the local community which should also help attract visitors to the area to enjoy the many amenities on offer in Lower Sunbury as well as giving access to Walton. Please visit the ferry website for more details: sunburyferry.co.uk
Photo shows volunteers undertaking training ahead of the new ferry being delivered.
Cllr Lawrence Nichols was elected as Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Thursday 26 May.
Cllr Nichols, of the Liberal Democrats, was elected as Councillor for the Halliford and Sunbury West ward in 2019 and was previously Chairman of the Audit Committee. Cllr Nichols was also a councillor between 2007 and 2011.
Prior to retiring in 2017 he had been a senior Civil Servant, having previously been an IT Director for a subsidiary of a UK bank. He is a school governor at Beauclerc and Chennestone Schools in Sunbury.
Cllr Ian Harvey was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting on 27 May. Cllr Susan Doran was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Harvey was first elected as a borough councillor for Sunbury East in May 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. He has always taken a special interest in ward issues and works closely with local residents. He was Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council from February 2016 – June 2020.
Cllr Harvey has lived in Lower Sunbury for 24 years and is married to Helen, who is also a local councillor.
After what seems to have been an interminable lockdown, The Terence Collie Trio will be returning to the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday, June 6th at 7.45pm.
The Trio will be joined by Maciek Pysz who plays acoustic and classical guitar with his influences coming from tango, flamenco, Latin, jazz, Brazilian and classical music. His compositions are known for their lyricism, well developed melodic sense, and imagination.
The audience will be limited in size with advanced booking and drinks served at tables. It will look and feel more like a jazz club!
For booking details, click here
Following the success of similar events last year where 80 stalls took part in just one week, a similar event is planned for the Spring bank holiday on 31st May.
The feedback from the last Jumble Trail was very encouraging. It should be remembered that social distancing rules (however they may apply on the day) must be observed.
It is free to have a stall or follow the trail. Join the facebook group to view photos of the stalls on the day and get alerts about the event or visit: www.sunburyjumbletrail.co.uk
The latest edition of Sunbury Matters carried a very welcome article on page 7 by LoSRA Committee member, Neil Huntingford.
To view, click here.
The ferry service will be run by the community for the community.
To see information for prospective volunteers, please click here.
To see the results for the Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and Staines South By-election, click here
The following notice has been issued by the Council and we are happy to reproduce it here:
Do you know a special young person aged between 5 and 19 years living or receiving education within Spelthorne who deserves recognition? If so, you may wish to nominate them for a Spelthorne Youth Award!
As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more appropriate time to support and celebrate our young people.
We are looking for nominations in the following categories:
Anyone can nominate a young person for an award and there is no limit to how many you can nominate. A selection from each category will be invited to a special awards ceremony and presented with a certificate from the Mayor of Spelthorne.
A star award is presented to the young person deemed most worthy by a panel of judges, this consists of a glass trophy and cheque for £50.
The deadline for nominations this year is Friday 28 May, with the awards evening taking place in July. To submit a nomination, please visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/youthawards
Polling station data for the 6 May polls in Spelthorne is now live at: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/
Due to engineering problems, there has been a delay with the posting of postal vote forms.
The postal votes for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council and the Staines South By-Election were due to be posted to postal voters today, however the printers the Council appointed have had engineering problems which has meant that there has been a delay.
This is beyond the Council's control and the postal votes will now be posted on Monday.
A number of enquiries have been made regarding a licensing application for the Hazelwood Centre which runs the London Irish site.
Dog walkers, in particular, will have seen the notices posted around the Hazelwood pitches.
The Association has been in touch with the Centre and we are advised that London Irish.has had to reapply for its premises licence as a result of a change in the legal entity which runs the site. The current entity Hazelwood Community Company which is set up as a not for profit organisation replaces the old Hazelwood Centre LLP. This change necessitated a new licence application, which is based on exactly the same terms as the one which expired at the time of the change.
It should be noted that opening times are identical to those approved under the previous licence.
As part of EnterpriseM3's skills activity in working towards a local Digital Skills Partnership, and with thanks to the South East LEP Digital Skills Partnership, they are sharing a series of FREE online sessions that will help individuals and families find a job and/or learn more about being safe online.
The first session starts on 21 April and the last ones are on 9 June:
April 21: Find Your Career Goals
April 28: Update Your CV and Cover Letter
May 5: Build Your Personal Brand Online
May 12: Productivity for Working Remotely
May 19: Safety First: Protect Yourself Online
May 26: Keep Your Family Safe Online
June 9: #IamRemarkable Sessions (For more info on Google's initiative, take a look here)
The final sessions on June the 9th are #IamRemarkable sessions, part of the Google initiative to empower women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
To register for one or more of these sessions, individuals should go to: https://digitalskillspartnerships.eventbrite.co.uk. Please feel free to share with your networks and contacts and encourage individuals to come along.
The following is a press release from Spelthorne Council:
Spelthorne Borough Council is making preparations to ensure the safe reopening of our high streets across the Borough for residents to shop for necessary items and enjoy outdoor hospitality.
The Council works closely with various partners, including the Elmsleigh Centre, Two Rivers and Visit Staines and our Town Centre manager provides support for businesses in Sunbury, Shepperton and Ashford. Over the past year, we have strived to ensure measures are in place to make our high streets Covid-safe for residents, visitors, and traders. We continually review these and have made adjustments to improve these measures.
From Monday 12 April, people will be able to visit non-essential retail outlets such as clothing stores, hairdressers and jewellers as well as outdoor hospitality, providing they can meet COVID-19 safety and security guidelines. The Council are looking forward to welcoming back residents to our high street and we would encourage you to shop locally.
The Council continues to have banner railings, posters and digital screens around our high streets reminding people of the social distancing measures that are in place. This is being done to ensure that residents and visitors can continue to observe the social distancing guidelines.
We have been working with Staines Market over the past 12 months to ensure they can operate in a manner that is safe for residents. The handwashing station on Staines High Street will also be remaining in place.
All measures will be revised and amended accordingly with additional phases introduced in due course.
Over the course of this pandemic, the Council have worked to support businesses by issuing government backed business grants (totalling over £16million). We continue to offer guidance to traders changing the way they do business providing hygiene and environmental health advice to help takeaways improve and we will continue to do so as we enter the next recovery phases.
Residents can help stop the spread by remembering Hands, Face, Space and taking care when they are shopping.