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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Readers may have seen details of this campaign on the Sunbury-on-Thames Facebook page.
If you are, or have been, a user of the unmade road that connects School Walk to Hazelwood Drive by the London Irish Training Ground, you are urged to complete a questionnaire form intended to have this road designated as a public right of way.
For further information, please visit and scroll down to article dated 13th November here
The Woodland Trust has announced the availability of free trees for planting:
“We want to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So we’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.... Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track an individual tree.”
For further details, click here
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 16th November when the Clube welcomes back PAUL COX with his special “WE REMEMBER JOE COCKER: UNCHAINED – THE BEST OF JOE COCKER ‘LIVE’” SHOW, marking the 50th anniversary of Joe being at No. 1 in the UK charts with his legendary version of The Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends”, which reached the top of the charts on 6th November 1968.
Paul first performed this show at the club a couple of years ago, and has put the presentation together again this year for a commemorative round of gigs during the autumn. It was a stunning evening’s entertainment with a full house last time around, so we can expect another special occasion. Paul has appeared at the club many times with his bands and headlined last year’s Beer Festival with Fire & Water; and he is one of the great showmen on the circuit – Radio 2’s Paul Jones cites him as one of his favourite singers, and says he is “one of the best voices in Europe”.
Along with Paul the band features his familiar line-up, comprising Mike Summerland (guitar), who has worked over the years with Blodwyn Pig, Georgie Fame, William Bell and others, Dave “Munch” Moore (keyboards) who was with No Dice, Mainsqueeze, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Pete Brown, Nigel Hardy (bass), Peter Stroud (drums), plus Stephanie Whitelock & Karen O'Connor (vocals). We can guarantee that this will be a hugely entertaining evening featuring hits like “Delta Lady”, “The Letter”, “Marjorine”, “Unchain My Heart”, “Up Where We Belong” and many more to mark a special occasion.
The Club looks forward to seeing you there – food will be available as usual.
Venue: Hawkedale Primary School, Stratton Road, Sunbury, TW16 6PG
Hawkedale School warmly invites you to come and join in the fun and support your local school.
We have a fantastic programme for the whole family; Come and meet Mr & Mrs Claus, get in the festive mood with mince pies and mulled wine, join in with games and craft activities.
You will find home baked cakes, the raffle, a selection of stalls from local traders, tombolas along with good simple food and a licensed bar for the whole family to enjoy.
The fair is open to everyone. Admission £1 for adults, children go free. Please note it is cash only.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
We are writing to update you on a change to the urgent care facilities at St Peter’s Hospital. From today - 1 November 2018 - the current Urgent Care Centre (UCC) has become a GP-led Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). UTCs are being rolled out nationally, in line with best practice, and St Peter’s Hospital is in the first wave of Trusts to transition over to this new model.
The UTC is housed in the same building as the current UCC and operated by Greenbrook Healthcare. The UTC model aims to standardise a confusing range of options for patients – e.g. walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units - and simplify the system so patients know where to go and are clear which services are on offer where.
The first point of contact for anyone requiring out-of-hours urgent care should remain NHS 111, who will be able to book appointments in the UTC if required. The UTC is staffed by GPs and experienced Emergency Nurse Practitioners, who are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for. This will ease pressure in A&E by ‘ring fencing’ staff in the main A&E department to see and treat the most serious cases.
Benefits for patients
For further information about the UTC at St Peter’s Hospital please see the attached FAQs. We will also be producing an information leaflet for patients that will shortly be published on the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital website.
If you would like to become more involved in the wider work taking place across North West Surrey to shape out of hospital care please visit The Big Picture web page.
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tom Smerdon, Director of Operations (Unplanned Care), Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Charlotte Canniff – Clinical Chair, NHS North West Surrey CCG
Karen Thorburn – Managing Director, NHS North West Surrey CCG
The following changes are proposed to the CRC service:
1. Permanently closing a number of smaller, less effective CRCs, whilst increasing the opening hours at some CRCs.
2. Introducing a charge to dispose of construction wood and roofing felt.
3. Increasing the cost of disposing of items we already charge for.
4. Charging an annual application fee for van, pickup and trailer permits.
Please have your say on these proposals by completing the survey in the 'Have your say' link at the bottom of this page.
This consultation closes at 11:59 PM on Friday 4 January 2019.
Click here for the survey
LoSRA has received the following self-explanatory email from the Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne Council:
We hope you have seen recent updates on our website on the new Local Plan. We have just published our Issues and Options consultation response document [433kb], where you can view the summary responses to our first consultation that we carried out in May and June 2018. If you have registered on our consultation portal at https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk you can also log in to view the responses in full.
We have updated our Local Development Scheme 2017-2021 [479kb] with a revised timetable to take account of the additional work the Strategic Planning Team is undertaking in order to respond to the Heathrow Expansion proposals. As a result, we are now intending to hold our next public consultation on Preferred Options in Summer 2019.
During the period from now until our next consultation, the team is busy continuing to produce evidence and developing options for the new Local Plan. Part of this evidence includes a Stage 2 Green Belt Assessment, which will be assessing smaller parcels of land already reviewed at Stage 1 Spelthorne Green Belt Assessment Report [8Mb]. The methodology for Stage 2 was subject to consultation in July/August 2018 and is available to view: Green Belt Assessment - Stage 2 Methodology [596kb].
We will be publishing the Stage 2 assessment and other relevant evidence when we carry out our next public consultation in Summer 2019. This will ensure it can be considered in the context of the new Local Plan as a whole and the options we consult on. We will decide on a suitable length of consultation beyond the usual 6 weeks that allows for all the documents to be read and digested by all our residents and stakeholders.
Ann BiggsStrategic Planning Manager
LoSRA has been approached by Nuffield Health (formerly Virgin Active) with the offer of a free open week for residents of Lower Sunbury at their premises located at The Avenue, Sunbury-On-Thames TW16 5EQ:
COME AND JOIN US FOR A FREE OPEN WEEK
Monday 19th November – Sunday 25th November
To give the Lower Sunbury Residents a chance to experience our great facility, we are offering you a FREE 1-week membership this November!
Our facilities include;
November’s Riverside Arts Jazz concert features guitarist Alfie Carroll playing the compositions of Pat Metheny.
Alfie Carroll - guitarTerence Collie - pianoDave Jones - bassGary Willcox - drums
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street.
Tickets on the door £13 or £10 via the website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
Click here to see poster of the event
The Main Reception Area at the Council Offices, Knowle Green will be undergoing some refurbishment between Monday 22 October and Friday 16 November 2018. This part of the building will be closed and will not be accessible to members of the public during this period. The Temporary Reception will have a General Enquiries Counter which will deal with Council Tax, Business Rates, Planning + Microfiche, Building Control, Environmental Health, Licensing and Leisure. This counter should also be used for Surrey County Council (Adult Social Care) matters or for Surrey Action for Carers, One to One, Age UK Surrey and CREST Cancer Support.
The Temporary Reception will also have a Housing Counter which will deal with Housing Benefits or Housing Options / homelessness queries.
If you have a pre-arranged meeting with a member of staff or Councillor, then you should approach the General Enquiries Counter in the West Wing, unless you have been provided with alternative instructions.
Visitor parking (+ disabled spaces) will remain available at the front of the building and at the West Wing end of the building.
As a fundraiser for the Amateur Club London Irish will be holding another family fireworks event. The feedback from last year’s event was extremely positive and the Club has increased its capacity to make sure they don’t have to turn anyone away this time.
Pre-booking is advised.
To see poster, click here
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 19th October when the Club welcomes for the first time THE STAN BLAND BAND, one of the hardest-working groups on the club and pub scene, working consistently across West and North London and Hertfordshire – which a look at their gig schedule on the Lemonrock web site will confirm.
They are led by guitarist and singer Stan Bland, who was with the cult band The Bozos in the 70s & 80s and more recently with The Philistans.
The band also features on keyboards and vocals a face familiar to you as a member of our charity event house band The Chain Gang, Kevin Welling, who has also performed at the Club as a member with Karl Green’s band Dave’s Not Here, and in earlier years played & recorded with 'Sparrow' in the early 70s with Elaine Paige others from the hit musical 'Hair' and more recently with Richard Scarfe (Love Affair).
Bassist Martin Connolly has played stints with Rick Wakeman, and drummer Russ Chaney was with the top blues/rock outfit The Mick Clarke Band (he of Killing Floor fame), The Larry Miller Band and others.
Their well-honed act features classic rock and pop from the 60s and 70s in proper Sunbury Music Club style, and they will be a welcome addition to our Music Night roster.
There’s more info on their Facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/StanBlandBand.
Food will be available as usual.
Our Autumn newsletter which headlines with the latest news on the progress of the Local Plan is currently with the printers and will be in the course of distribution to all households commencing next weekend.
You may also read it online by clicking here