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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 2021 are now payable.

Spelthorne Borough Council is launching a consultation to establish whether residents support the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) prohibiting the possession and use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the Borough.

Formerly known as ‘legal highs’, NPS contain one or more chemical substances that produce similar effects to drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. It is not currently an offence to be in possession of, or to use, NPS which means that authorities are unable to take any action in Spelthorne unless a PSPO is put in place.

The PSPO would be enforced by Council Officers and the Police, and anyone breaching it could be prosecuted or issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100.

Nitrous Oxide, or ‘laughing gas’, is a well-known example of an NPS and Spelthorne Council receives many complaints from residents concerned about the large quantity of tell-tale silver canisters discarded in the Borough’s streets, parks and open spaces by users of this particular substance.

Cllr Richard Barratt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: ”Use of NPS appears to be a growing problem in the UK, particularly among young people, and we are very concerned about the negative impacts for the individuals themselves and our local communities which are impacted by associated anti-social behaviour and litter. We are keen to gain residents’ views on the possible introduction of a borough-wide PSPO to help tackle this, and I encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.”

To take part in the consultation which runs from 18 January – 28 February 2021, visit https://spelthorne.inconsult.uk/

Alternatively:

  • write to: Communications, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB
  • email your comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To listen, please go to YouTube.com on Tuesday evening and type "spelthorne overview scrutiny" into the search bar at the top. The 19 Jan meeting should appear.

To see our Chairman's submission to the Committee, click here

The story so far has been described by earlier entries on this site dated 17th June, 22nd June and 17th August.

There will be a Mobile Testing Centre at Green Street Car ParkSunbury Park on the following dates:

Sunday 17 January to Tuesday 19 January

No vehicle access to the carpark will be available during this time.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and get tested now, so we can control the virus and protect each other.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Anyone who has symptoms can book a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS on 119 to get a test.

Monday, 11 January 2021 09:58

Christmas Tree Collections

The Council will be operating free Christmas tree collections from 11-15 January 2021.

Simply remove the base and decorations and leave your tree out with your bins on your usual collection day.

 

 

 

Now that there is no overall majority at the Council it is perhaps inevitable that their model of governance is to be revisited. Residents are invited to participate by completing a simple questionnaire by 14th January at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/currentconsultations

What is a governance model?

A governance model determines how an authority is run. There are three models of local government:

Leader and Cabinet - Spelthorne currently uses this model. This is also the system used in national governance.

Directly elected Mayor and Cabinet - This is the model used in London where the directly elected Mayor forms their cabinet and makes decisions for the area.

Committee System - This is the proposed system for Spelthorne and is used in other local authorities, for instance Maidstone.

Why is it important?

A good governance model provides:

  • Accountability- responsibilities and accountability about who does what should be clear, within the Council and to residents
  • Credibility - governance should assist good decision making, which involves proper and early scrutiny of policies and proposals
  • Transparency - the decision-making process should be open and transparent to councillors,  officers and to the public
  • Collaboration - decision making should be collaborative across parties and less combative
  • Timeliness - decision making should be both quick and effective and, when necessary, allow for urgent decision-making

What is the Council's current model?

Spelthorne Borough Council operates what is known as the Cabinet model of governance. This means that apart from the decisions which legally have to be taken by the Council and are delegated to officers, all other executive decisions are taken by the Cabinet which is made up of between 7-9 councillors selected by the Leader.

What will moving to a Committee model mean?

Under this system councils are divided into politically balanced committees that make the decisions. As such, these councils are not required to have an overview and scrutiny committee, though some do have one or more.

When the consultation closes, the Council will collate all our responses and comments and will take these into account as they further consider, develop and refine the proposed changes.  There will be an update at the Council Meeting in February and this will confirm whether an extraordinary Council Meeting should be held in March to finalise and agree the proposed changes.

The Covid -19 vaccination programme has started and, on the basis of vulnerability, the over 8o’s and over 70’s have priority. Many do not drive and cannot use public transport so it is difficult to get out and about, particularly in January, February and March.

Sunbury Neighbours is a local voluntary group of drivers who take older people and anyone who finds it difficult to get around to appointments at local surgeries and hospitals. Over the coming months, Sunbury Neighbours will be helping those who have priority by driving them to vaccination appointments if they need transport.

If you would like to support the vaccination programme and could spare some time to drive older people to a vaccination centre and then take them home, we would love you to join us. If we contact you with a request and you can’t help, it is fine to say “no”. 

The more people who sign up, the more likely it is that we will be able to help someone in our community with a very practical transport problem. And don’t worry, we will not sign you up for evermore – although you would be very welcome to join us! This is a time limited initiative that we are setting up to help in response to the current crisis and the need to ensure that the vaccination programme is successful.

If you would like to help or would like to find out more please contact Sunbury Neighbours on 07956822546.

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