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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The Council has published the following notice:
The Government has announced measures to help protect millions of households from rising energy costs including a £150 council tax energy rebate to all households in England whose primary residence is valued in Council Tax bands A - D.
The government has also stated that they will provide additional funding for billing authorities to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible.
For more information, click here
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 18th March when the Club stages its now traditional special event in support of the Mayor of Spelthorne’s Charities. These events have proved extremely successful and enjoyable evenings, so, having missed last year, we are delighted to be able to put one on this year, especially since this year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Ian Harvey, one of our local Sunbury East councillors, who is a great supporter of the Club.
The Club has assembled the usual suspects from the great and good of Sunbury’s music fraternity to play under the name of THE CHAIN GANG in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. The Mayor’s charities are East To West, providing support to young people in Surrey and Berkshire struggling with difficult and damaging issues, and Ashford Youth & Community Centre, whose aim is to protect the current youth service and work with local community groups to improve services for young people and the community at the Centre.
The band features our resident beat era superstar Karl Green, original and long-time bass player with Herman’s Hermits, plus Chris Allard (guitar, keyboards, harmonica) , Gerry Cook (guitar) and Martin House (bass) from the band Matrix, Mark Doyle (guitar) and Phil Miller-Tate (bass) from the Marshall Taylor Band, Tim Renton (guitar) from 3AM, Roger Harding (bass) from Rebel Yell Jazz Orchestra, Stephane Booroff (drums), formerly with Edison Lighthouse and now with Sky High and The Escorts, and Alan Worrell (drums) from The Next Big Thing. Fronting things is Music Night host Paul Watts.
The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities. It will be a great night of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, ‘60s R&B, rock and country. It’s all for a great cause and will be a fun community night, so please put it in your diary.
Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card. Please note that, with some Mayoral guests travelling from far-flung corners of Surrey, the band will go on stage around 8.30 p.m.
Hot food, prepared by the expert chefs from our resident caterers from the community food redistribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 7pm, and the band will be on stage about 9.00pm.
Our Spring newsletter is currently with the printers and we expect distribution to all households from the weekend. We are immensely grateful to our army of distributors without whom this would not be possible.
You can also view it here
Thanks to the pandemic it's now been nearly two years since the Association held its last AGM.
All being well, we will be holding our next annual general meeting in late June at our usual venue, the Riverside Arts Centre.
It will be on the occasion of the AGM that Committee members will be elected or re-elected. We currently hold a number of vacancies and invite nominations before the AGM date arrives.
If you are interested, please get in touch via the 'contact' facility at the very top of the home page.
London based saxophonist Matt Telfer has worked with many great artists such as Tony Bennet, Rick Braun, Chuck Leob, Derek Nash, Dave O'Higgins, and Jim Snidero.
Matt has played many of the UK's great venues and festival including, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, Jazz Cafe, Love Supreme Festival, Canary Wharf Jazz Festival and Ealing Jazz Festival.
For tickets and more information, click here
Further to the article posted on this site on 31st January, the application by WOW Factor Entertainment Ltd for Apps Court was granted but subjected to highly circumscribed terms and conditions and these are detailed here
Spelthorne Borough Council is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags in the event of a flooding incident.
Due to the geography of Spelthorne, flooding is a year-round threat, and during the winter months this risk increases. The Council recommends that residents take steps to prepare for flooding, installing permanent property-level flood protection wherever possible.
In the event of a flood, some residents may choose to use sandbags to provide some level of protection from floodwater. Whilst the purchase of sandbags remains the responsibility of homeowners, the Council is looking at the possibility of setting up a Community Sandbag Distribution Centre (CSDC) to assist with the provision of sandbags in the event of a major flood.
A CSDC is a location where the Council provide the site, equipment, and framework for volunteers to fill sandbags when major flooding is expected. Residents would then be invited to collect up to 10 sandbags per household.
An exercise was held in December 2021 for local councillors and staff to test the CSDC processes and suggest improvements to the arrangements.
For information and advice on the best way to prepare for flooding, visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/flooding
With things starting to get back to something like normal, the Club is delighted to be able to get its 2022 programme of Music Nights at Sunbury Cricket Club under way by welcoming back SKELETON CREW, always one of our most popular bands, who have a big local following. They have appeared at the Club not only at Music Nights but at two of their Beer and Music Festivals.
Their line-up is unchanged from their last couple of appearances - they are led by Paul King, on guitar, mandolin, banjo and squeezebox, an original member of Mungo Jerry, who was voted Evening Standard pub entertainer of the year several years in a row, and was a founder member of the King Earl Boogie Band. On bass is Colin Pattenden, original member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in their hit-making days, and now also with Jackie Lynton and the Nashville Teens, plus Chris Bryant on guitar, and drummer/percussionist and cajon player Amber Hough. Also appearing will be various volunteers wielding the zob sticks! (Google it if you don’t know what a zob stick is).
As always, it will be a rollicking evening featuring their distinctive brand of jug band music, blues, skiffle and rock.
Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card.
This may take a bit of time so please persevere to the end:
Those readers who have been following the progress of our campaign for the construction of a foot/cycle bridge connecting Lower Sunbury to Walton (See top of Home Page) will be aware of our recent application to YFS (Your Fund Surrey) to bring the campaign to fruition.
It is therefore disappointing to receive the following from the YFS Project advisor: "Regrettably, Your ideas submission has been assessed against the criteria and requirements for the fund and unfortunately does not meet the requirements to be shortlisted to progress to the full submission stage...."
All does not appear to be lost as the advisor continues: "However, whilst this project is not suitable for YFS at this time, the Lower Sunbury Crossing has been added by SCC to the Surrey Infrastructure Plan which was reviewed at Cabinet on 26th October....
"The Lower Sunbury Crossing is designated a Category 2 project within the Surrey Infrastructure Plan Cabinet Report Annex 2 (pg198), noting that further feasibility work will be required and without a specific funding commitment at this time.
"I realise that this is not the information which you would have wished to receive, but I hope that the above information is helpful and that we can work together regarding the feasibility of this project as an infrastructure project as we move forward".
Coincidentally, and quite separately, the following Council notice has hit our inboxes and offers another medium through which we can make our views and preferences known:
"Surrey’s 2050 Place Ambition presents a long-term ambition and priorities for Surrey local authorities and their strategic partners. The priorities and implementation framework set out what we want collectively to achieve over the next 30 years in terms of “good growth” and how we intend to deliver it.
"There are real opportunities for Surrey to grow and become even more attractive as a place to live and work, but this needs to be done in a way that helps address the challenges around climate change, doesn’t put excessive pressure on our infrastructure, improves the overall quality of our environment and enables our economy to grow sustainably.
"The Place Ambition has been developed by the Surrey Future partnership and is informed by, and will be implemented through, various local and countywide plans and strategies including district and borough local plans, climate change strategies, economic strategies, and the local transport plan. It does not replace any local proposals and priorities but is intended to promote a long term, co-ordinated and cross boundary approach to planning and managing the impacts of growth. The Place Ambition will be used to help shape projects we are working on together as well as seek the support of our wider sub-national partners and Government, particularly in relation to accessing additional funding and investment opportunities for infrastructure and to support a zero-carbon future".
To maintain the momentum please make your views on the footbridge known by visiting and completing this easy to follow questionnaire and, in particular, questions 3, 4 & 6 at:
Closing date 4th March
The Association has a long history when it comes to the speed of vehicles driving through Thames Street.
Over the years our entreaties to the Highways Authority have been rewarded with the introduction of traffic calming measures and the 20 mph speed limit.
For residents living in the Street, the practical effect of these measures are limited with drivers of speeding vehicles continuing to disregard them.
Unsurprisingly a Thames Street resident believes there is more that can be done and has started a petition which he invites you to sign.
The petition can be found on the website change.org/ThamesStreet
The Association has received a number of emails querying why we have remained silent over the proposed 5G Mask in Thames Street. To put the record straight, we reproduce below the representation made by the Chairman on 17th December 2021:
Subject: FW: SPN20391-Planning pre-consultation enquiry for proposed new telecommunications mast on Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames,Spelthorne, Surrey,TW16 5QH
I am writing on behalf of the Lower Sunbury Residents Association.
May I firstly welcome the introduction and expansion of the 5G network as this is widely seen to be essential to the future of technical communications.
The proposal states that ‘As per the extract from the Spelthorne Borough Council Plan we note that this site is not located within a designated Conservation Area.’. This is wrong. We’ve plotted the proposed mast site on Spelthorne’s own map which shows the outline of the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area; it is well within it. This would also exclude it from all of Sunbury Park , Orchard Meadow , the Walled Garden and the two car parks.
The proposal rightly rejects other possible sites within the ‘Nomination Point’ circle – in The Avenue, Kingsmead Avenue and Saxonbury Avenue – as being ‘Residential street’ and/or ‘overlooked by residential properties’, and yet the proposed location in Thames Street is also a residential street and additionally places the mast and its antennae adjacent to two multi-story blocks of flats and close to a primary school? This is surely wrong?
It also hardly seems sensible to have such a tall mast and its attendant large cabinets taking up space on a pedestrian pavement on a busy street.
There are a number of points we would like clarification on, please:
In terms of services the mast obviously needs power – and we also note from the specification that it is only receiving transmission data from the fibre network. Does this mean that it has therefore to be located on a pavement above a fibre network route, or can it be installed at an alternative location with a new separate fibre feed routed to it?
With regard to the map shown as Figure1 on p2 of the Site Detail Sheet document, just above the ‘blue circle’ map what does the ‘green marker’ refer to?
We would like to propose that you, the surveying company, or 5G company, talk to LoSRA directly and for us potentially to understand more clearly what the constraints are, and suggest/discuss where any mast might sensibly go. It seems to us that a location away from housing and schools and not on a pavement would make more sense. Within the proposer’s Nomination point circle there might be some less obtrusive alternatives.
Finally, we should like to know why the specification is showing the use of Huawei 5G equipment when that has, we believe, now been banned by the UK Government?
Spelthorne Borough Council successfully prosecuted a man for the breach of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) for cutting the roots of a Horse Chestnut Tree in The Avenue without the authority of the Council.
The Avenue is arguably the most iconic residential thoroughfare in the Borough largely due to the linear arrangement of mature horse chestnut trees which have framed the detached houses for generations. Indeed, we were inspired to adopt the horse chestnut tree as our emblematic logo at the Association's inception 50 years ago.
It therefore comes as a great disappointment to read that a resident has been found guilty at Guildford Magistrates' Court of cutting the roots of a protected horse chestnut, presumably to end its viability as a living mature tree. He has found himself over £1,500 lighter in the pocket as a result. (A breach can lead to an unlimited fine if it is likely to result in the tree being destroyed, otherwise up to £2,500).
As an Association we have frequently pressed for the enforcement of the legal requirement to replace trees which, through disease, have been granted permission to fell and we will continue to do so.