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 2023 are now payable.
Drivers and Duty Officers are required to help continue this long established Volunteer Help Scheme which organises car journeys for those unable to access their own or Public Transport, for visits to local Doctors, Hospitals, Shopping Needs, Day Centres, Hairdressers, and various other local trips as required. Drivers are occasionally needed on weekdays only to strengthen our existing team. Duty Officers who deal with telephone requests are needed 9,30am to 11.30am weekdays only to organise the above lifts with Drivers from the Clients home and return. Contributions for car and phone costs are made periodically.
For further details on how the scheme works please phone John (01932 784432) anytime for an informal chat.
Residents anxious to know when the road markings at Sunbury Cross are to be replaced will be delighted to hear that the Highways Authority of Surrey County Council will be commencing the remedial work on 4th April.
Please support our efforts to oppose the proposed Eco Park by attending this important fund-raiser on Saturday, 16th April from 7pm - 9.30pm. Venue: Charlton Village Hall, Hetherington Road, Charlton Village. Tickets cost £10 and may be purchased by following the instructions on the attached poster.
Dale Harris, a Shepperton resident and Doctor of Music is to perform a special guitar recital in order to raise funds for the Spelthorne Against the Eco Park (SATEP) campaign. (For more information on this Campaign, see our Spring Newsletter which may be viewed on line).
Dale is known for playing a variety of guitars in a multitude of instrumental musical styles; anything from classical to jazz; flamenco to rock; ragtime to country.... and all with an authentic flair for the style executed. He is a heavily booked musician who has kindly found the time in his busy schedule to put on this recital for us. To view the poster, click here.
14th, 15th, 16th April at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames St.
'Two' is a touching & humorous tale of an evening in a small pub, where we meet the landlord and landlady who chat happily to us (though not to each other) and introduce us to a variety of local characters - couples, singles, children, old men and women who all have a story to tell.. This diverse group of customers each share a very personal moment of their lives with us, and the secrets and revelations unravel into an emotional conclusion.
'Two' will be moving, funny, shocking and heart-warming. Seating is limited so advanced booking is recommended. Tickets £10 from box office 01932 564 891.
Visit www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk for more info.
The Spring newsletter, which carries some very important items, has now gone to the printers and will be distributed to households from next weekend.
To view the Spring newsletter, click here.
To see all back issues, click here.
NOTICE OF THE SUNBURY AMATEUR REGATTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SUNDAY 27th March 2011 at 10.45 for 11.00 am
THE ADMIRAL HAWKE, GREEN STREET, SUNBURY-ON-THAMES
Dominic de Lord of Crick Heitman Chartered Accountants, a LOSRA sponsor and our honorary auditor, is offering to provide free and independent advice to any Lower Sunbury Resident who is considering starting up a business; and to make introductions to existing local businesses.
If you are interested, please give Dominic a call on 01784 243054.
Residents may already be aware of the SCC online petition to lodge objections to the Surrey-wide proposal to introduce on-street parking charges . following information is being circulated to everyone in Surrey in an effort to achieve the 20,000 signatures needed to force a formal debate.
To object to Surrey County Council’s proposals to introduce on-street parking charges throughout the county please sign this online petition. It only takes a couple of minutes and you could help retain the vitality of our Surrey towns and save hundreds of local shops and businesses who are already struggling to survive in this fragile economic climate.
If 20,000 signatures are collected before 23rd March, SCC will have to take the escalating protests seriously because they will then be compelled to hold a formal debate. Don't delay; this petition merely demands a formal debate, a democratic right to which we should feel entitled with or without a petition!
PASS THIS ON TO AS MANY OF YOUR CONTACTS AS POSSIBLE AND SAVE THE VITALITY OF OUR SURREY TOWNS.
LOSRA has been notified that the Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council which was due to sit today at 3pm (see article of 3rd March) has been cancelled. We had to recognise our limitations when up against a big corporation and the vested interests of Surrey County Council; and, despite the cost, we had no choice but to seek the opinion of a most respected QC and a specialist in planning law.
Our Solicitor, having taken the QC's advice, has written to the Head of Legal Services at Surrey County Council and argued on very powerful grounds for refusing the application. It is a great relief to hear that the Planning Committee has now been cancelled, if only for the time being. It can only be hoped that this misconceived application will itself ultimately put into the recycling bin .
To see the Solicitor's letter click here (Adobe Acrobat PDF document, 4.5MB)
Moira Buffini has written a deliciously black satirical comedy on that ever-recurring theme, the dinner party from hell. At Buffini’s dinner party caustic comments fly like poisonous darts across the dinner table, penetrating false personas and leaving a trail of emotional carnage.
The Manor Players will perform 'Dinner' at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street from Thursday, 10th March until Saturday 12th March. Performances start at 8pm and tickets cost £10. Box Office: 07771 458696.
'Thames 21' a Registered Charity is appealing for volunteers to help in a clean-up operation at Sunbury Lock Island. This location is a charming part of the Lower Sunbury riverscape and we are being asked to join a team to give it a spring clean on Saturday 12th March.
Volunteers are asked to report to the footbridge ahead of the lock at 10.45am. Old clothes recommended but all necessary equipment will be provided. For more details, go to http://thames21utp.tumblr.com/
Read what our local Neighbourhood Safety Team have being doing for us in Lower Sunbury. It's interesting to note that when responding to complaints of speed in two of our main thoroughfares, most offenders turn out to be local residents. Read more
The Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council is due to consider the application to instal the highly controversial 'Eco Park' on 8th March, 3pm at County Hall, Kingston. Readers will be aware that this Association, together with Charlton Village Residents' Association (CVRA) and Shepperton Against The Eco Park (SATEP), has expressed serious reservations as to the suitability of the site at Charlton Lane. In particular two of our Committee members have consistently raised the subject of public safety, questioning how this is to be achieved by the co-location of the Community Recycling Centre and the proposed incinerator.
These concerns seem to have fallen on deaf ears during the consultation/liaison process and were therefore raised with the Health and Safety Executive direct. As a consequence The HSE has now issued a memorandum which, we must assume, will be taken into account at the hearing of the application. The following paragraph is of particular significance:
"Relevant guidance for the safe design and operation of such plant has been produced by the European Commission, with input from the HSE. Particular recommendations in this Guidance that do not appear to be achieved by the proposals include the effective separation of people from the fire, explosion and toxic hazards arising in the gasification plant. The risks to people are compounded by integrating the education and visitors centre within the gasification building and providing public viewing windows into the process areas. Further risks may arise to the large numbers of general public who are coming on site to unload their waste. The waste is being fed into the gasification unit but good design practice recommends that the storage and reception area for waste be separated from the gasification unit by distance or high performance fire curtain."
We have however learned from bitter experience that we can take nothing for granted. We have instructed Peter Village QC, the Lead Counsel for Capel Parish Council who succeeded in overturning an earlier planning approval by SCC under the Surrey Waste Plan; and his opinion will be delivered in good time for the hearing.
More Funding Required!
Members of the three combined groups (LOSRA, CVRA & SATEP) have devoted many hundreds of hours of their free time to fighting this application. An appeal by our SCC District Councillor, and local ward member, Caroline Nichols to use her neighbourhood grants to fund the legal aid on behalf of residents has been declined, as has LOSRA's request for funding from Spelthorne Borough Council. What this means is that residents are on their own. Whilst our coffers will go some way to meeting the legal costs, it is imperative that we raise more. Existing members renewing their memberships and new members enrolling via the PayPal facility above would greatly assist. If, additionally, you are able to spare even just a few extra pounds, please go to http://satep.moonfruit.com/ to make a donation.
Figures published by the Office of National Statistics last week show that there are 73,239 people registered to vote in Spelthorne. Although this is a large proportion of residents, this still leaves many who could miss out on their chance to vote.
Roberto Tambini, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "Residents need to act now if they are to vote at the Spelthorne Council Elections and UK Referendum on the voting system to the UK Parliament taking place on Thursday, 5th May. If they are not registered to vote, they will not have the opportunity to have their say".
Phillippa Saray from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, adds: "Residents may also be planning to be away on 5th May, given the extra Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding, so it's worth applying now to vote by post or proxy if that will suit your plans. You can print off the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. It takes just a few minutes and then you are all set for 5th May."
Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register their new address. Residents can request a registration form by calling Electoral Services on 01784 446238 / 01784 446232 or by printing off a registration form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk