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 following notice has been published by Sunbury Health Centre:
While we don’t expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available until 2021, the Government has asked the NHS to be ready to deliver a vaccination programme for England from December, so that those who need it most will be able to access vaccinations as soon as they are available.
A prioritisation list has been produced in order for the vaccine to be delivered to groups who will need it first. The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and provide you with information about location and date.
Given the current requirements for social distancing, and the number of people who need to be vaccinated, you may be asked to attend a vaccination site. This may be your GP surgery or another location, such as another NHS building or designated vaccination site.
Where will people be vaccinated?
The NHS has well-established routes for delivering vaccinations across the country, for example the annual flu jab and routine immunisations for children and pregnant women, and plans for COVID-19 vaccination will build on these.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recently published updated advice on the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine, advising that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 and health and social care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
As we are expecting the JCVI advice will remain that care home residents and staff and older people will be among the first who should receive it, the NHS will establish roving vaccine delivery services in people’s homes or care homes, working with local councils and social care providers.
When eligibility is extended to wider groups, given the current requirements for social distancing and the number of people covered, this will be supplemented by specific ‘mass’ COVID-19 vaccination sites, which could be within existing NHS estates or temporary standalone services.
What are the priority groups?
Older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workersAll those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workersAll those 75 years of age and overAll those 70 years of age and overAll those 65 years of age and overHigh-risk adults under 65 years of ageModerate-risk adults under 65 years of ageAll those 60 years of age and overAll those 55 years of age and overAll those 50 years of age and overRest of the population (priority to be determined)
How will I know when I will be able to get vaccinated?
For most patients they will receive a letter – either from their GP, the national service, or both – including details of how to book their appointments and options for where they can be vaccinated.
When will I be able to receive the vaccine?
While there are a number of different vaccines being developed and trialed, we don’t yet know which will be approved for use or when this might happen for each. A vaccine will not be approved and licensed until it is proven to be safe and effective.
While we don’t expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available until 2021, the NHS is making preparations now so that we are ready as soon as a vaccine is approved and becomes available.
Spelthorne Borough Council has called for a review of the activities at Surrey County Council’s Eco Park in Shepperton following a rise in concerns from residents.
The Chair of Spelthorne’s Overview & Scrutiny Meeting has agreed to hold an Extraordinary meeting to discuss the mounting number of complaints from residents worried about unacceptable noise levels and air pollution from the Eco Park.
The Council has said that it takes the matter extremely seriously and is keen to hear about the problems that residents have been experiencing and to thoroughly explore the issues. The meeting will hear from residents, Spelthorne Council’s Environmental Health team, Surrey County Council and operators of the site.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Maureen Attewell, said: “The number of complaints we have received recently about Surrey Eco Park is very worrying and we want to formerly look into the matter so we can get a good understanding of what problems the site may be causing residents and draw up plans to address them in conjunction with Surrey County Council.”
The meeting date will be published soon on the Council’s website and social media channels.
Residents can sign up for air pollution warnings by visiting https://airalert.info/Splash.aspx
Spelthorne Council has announced that it intends to revise the housing needs figure for its new Local Plan, following heavy criticism of the Government's formula for calculating the number of new homes needed in local authorities.
Spelthorne Council wrote to the Secretary of State for Homes, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, in November 2019 and met with senior officials to express deep concerns over the very high number of homes needed for the Local Plan and the impact on communities and Green Belt.
The decision to use a lower figure has come from a recent Government consultation that proposes a revised method for calculating housing need that would see Spelthorne's need figure reduced from 606 homes per year to 489. Whilst there are no guarantees that this new methodology will be adopted once the Government has concluded the consultation, it represents the most likely figure at this stage and enables further work to continue on the Local Plan rather than waiting months for a decision to be made.
The lower figure means that many of the sites proposed to be allocated for housing will no longer be needed and the Council will be considering which to take out. Following its own consultation on 'Preferred Options' for the Local Plan that took place between November 2019 and January 2020, it is clear that residents have significant concerns over the amount of housing needed , the need for infrastructure to support this growth, and the development of Green Belt sites. By using the lower figure, it is hoped that we can deliver the best Local Plan for residents that still meets our pressing need for homes, affordable housing, employment sites and the infrastructure to support them. There will be a further public consultation on the Local Plan before it is submitted for examination by an independent inspector.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the Local Plan Task Group, Cllr Jim McIlroy, said: "This is great news for Spelthorne. We promised residents we will not only listen to their views on the Local Plan but also act upon their feedback. The Task Group working on this is made up of councillors from every single ward in the Borough and shows true cross-party engagement. We have been pushing for our housing number to come down and we finally have a clear signal from the Government that we won't be facing the massive scale of development that would change the face of Spelthorne forever."
The following email has been received from a Shepperton resident who makes a strong case for objecting to the Footpath Temporary Diversion Order at Watersplash Farm. His observations are particularly relevant in the light of the current pandemic and the protection of amenity for walkers. It should be noted that time is short as objections must be submitted on or before this coming Friday, 13th November:
2. If many letters of objection are received then a public enquiry may be required.3. If there is significant public objection the inspectorate may not grant the application to divert the footpath, in which case there would need to be at the very least a significant delay and reworking to the gravel extraction plans to allow public access along the existing route, possibly even a complete re-submission of the extraction plans.4. Even the possible abandonment of the gravel extraction plan if the changes prove too costly or impractical.
"The diverted path will travel adjacent to the main gravel extraction processing plant which to quote SCC’s own neighbour information note consists of: “A crusher house (5m wide,10m wide, 12m high); a washing and primary grading (screening) house ... In the open within the processing plant site would be conveyors, sand tower infrastructure and mineral stockpiles.
neighbouring houses there will be significant light pollution and no darkness in the area. Generally not in keeping with a public open space.
The following is an appeal to our Association from the Chairman of the RAC and we are pleased to circulate it here. The RAC is a valuable community asset and we should do all we can to ensure it remains viable into the future.
"COVID-19 is on track to cost the Riverside Arts Centre over £20,000 by the end of 2020. Although trying to reduce all expenditure whilst closed, it's impossible to remove all maintenance, insurance, and running costs.Run entirely by volunteers, the RAC typically runs just over costs so that it can provide a space for the arts and the community without breaking the bank. Any 'profit' is reinvested in its facilities to make it even better for our community. This year has caused us to break considerably into our reserves.
"Consequently I have launched a “gofundme page“ HERE
"Please distribute this message as widely as possible by whatever means, as any donation will help make an impact in keeping Riverside running in the way we've been used to and allow us to continue to serve our community.
"Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us."
James Ford BannisterChairmanRiverside Arts Centre
Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure.
A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.
Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicans, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He has released 20 CDs as leader to date. He also wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.
Also on his CV: Frank Sinatra (the last London appearance - a week at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992) and a tour and album with Ray Charles (Strong Love Affair).
For full details of venue, times and personnel, click here to view the poster
LOSRA received the following information from Surrey Trading Standards:
Are you looking for a reputable trader? Traders4u.co.uk offers a list of local businesses who have each given a commitment to trading fairly. Each business has been vetted by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards before being approved as a member of the scheme.
From roofers to range cookers, Traders4u is open to any type of business. Our aim is to help you to choose who you do business with by helping you to find reputable local businesses before parting with your money. The scheme forms one element of our strategy to reduce the number of local residents who are scammed or targeted by rogue traders. We hope that by supporting businesses who are committed to providing great customer service and operating legally, we will help to reduce the business opportunities for less reputable traders.
Top tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money:
• Be sceptical, don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door
• Take your time, don't be rushed
• Know who you're dealing with, if you need help talk to someone you know or get in touch with trading standards
• If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as gov.uk or NHS.uk
• Be aware of advice online - only seek medical advice from qualified doctors
• Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know and particularly in light of the recent government announcement
• Do NOT give money, your bank card or PIN to a stranger
• Never engage with someone or let anyone you're not expecting or don't recognise, into your home, unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.
Now, more than ever, it's important to protect ourselves and others against scams, be aware, know who to trust and remember that not everyone out there is trustworthy.
To find a local business that has been vetted, please see https://trusted.traders4u.co.uk/find-a-business
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses across the country causing many to cease trading for several months while others have had to significantly modify their operations.
As the economy started to re-open, new provisions were introduced under the Business and Planning Act 2020 which came into force on 22 July to allow a range of businesses in England to apply for a pavement licence to allow food and drink to be sold and consumed immediately outside their premises at tables.
The Act introduces a simplified temporary fast-track process for registered food businesses to obtain permission, in the form of a 'pavement licence', from Spelthorne Council for furniture to be placed on the pavement, helping businesses to maximise their capacity whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Probably a bit late in the year but, if you want to find out more information and to apply for a pavement licence, you should visit:
Social distancing has made it impossible for the Open Meeting at Sunbury Health Centre scheduled for 20th October to go ahead and is therefore cancelled.
To see poster, click here
Graeme Flowers will be joining with the Terence Collie trio on Sunday 11th October at the Riverside Arts Centre in a tribute to the great Chet Baker.
Graeme Flowers graduated from the London College of Music in 2000. The list of artists in which he has collaborated, recorded or with whom he has toured is enviable: The James Taylor Quartet, The Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield, Workshy, Dina Carroll, Kyle Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Shakira, Moloko, Duran Duran, James Morrison, Joey Negro, Brenda Russell, Just Jack, Hard-Fi, Jamie Cullum, Craig David, Tony Hadley, ABC, Go West, Charlotte Church, Lemar, Michael Bublé, Will Young, King Salsa, Rhian Benson, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Jools Holland, Cathy Dennis, Melanie C, Kelly Clarkson, Midge Ure, Jamelia, Mica Paris, Ronan Keating, The BBC Big Band, Cubana Bop, Manu Katché, Dominic Miller, Snowboy and Matt Bianco.
In addition, Graeme is a member of the Funk/Soul band Down To The Bone, Latin/Funk/Soul band Saravah Soul, Funk band Most Wanted, the freelance horn section The London Horns and the musical project Motimba.
For details of venue, date and times, click here for poster
This year saw virtual judging being held in the prestigious South & South East In-bloom Awards and the Council rose above competition from hundreds of entrants to pick up four gold awards.
Sunbury, Ashford and Staines Cemeteries all picked up gold awards in the same category. The ever-popular Sunbury Walled Garden also struck gold in the Small Park competition. This matches their successes from 2019.
The judges' comments read: "The Walled Garden is a valuable asset in training and developing horticulturists. The Council, staff and volunteers can rightly feel pleased and proud of their involvement, contribution to the management and maintenance of an outstanding walled garden. Congratulations and well done! You clearly deserve the Gold Award."
The following is a very welcome Council press release dated 17th September:
As part of Spelthorne Borough Council’s continued drive to improve community safety, a new, modern CCTV camera has been installed at Orchard Meadow car park in Sunbury.
The camera will be monitored 24/7 along with cameras in Staines-upon-Thames town centre and elsewhere in the Borough.
The installation was arranged in response to concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the area. The Council will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and, where necessary, take action to help combat anti-social behaviour. We are also taking feedback from our Community Safety consultation earlier this year in order to formulate a strategy for the future.
Cllr Richard Barratt, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “We want to reassure residents that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Spelthorne. We hope that installing this modern CCTV camera will act as a deterrent as footage will be used to identify any perpetrators. All of us have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering because it. If you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour, contact your community safety team or call the non-emergency number, 101.”
If you wish to report fly tipping, graffiti, anti-social behaviour, noise pollution or dog fouling, please contact the Council direct.
If you have concerns about other forms of crime, please call police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Following the success of a similar event in August, where 80 stalls took part in just one week, a similar event is planned for Saturday 26th September.
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. facebook.com/groups/sunburyjumbletrail
Along with other residents' associations across the Borough, LoSRA was invited by the Leader of Spelthorne Council to take part in the newly formed Residents' Forum on 21st September. A fairly detailed list of concerns was submitted in advance by our Chairman and, unsurprisingly, many of those concerns were shared Borough-wide.
The following is an extract from the email which has now been received by our Chairman:
"Thank you for confirming to wish to join our Residents Forum and for clarifying details of your priorities of concerns.
"We have in the first instance established, as was expected, that there are a number of shared concerns and of course some more individual to your communities. I am able to clarify the priorities that have emerged as follows:
Other individual issues raised:
"It has been helpful to establish these priorities and there will be an opportunity for us to at the very least discuss your collective concerns at our first meeting."