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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.

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 workers
All those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
All those 75 years of age and over
All those 70 years of age and over
All those 65 years of age and over
High-risk adults under 65 years of age
Moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
All those 60 years of age and over
All those 55 years of age and over
All those 50 years of age and over
Rest 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.

Monday, 16 November 2020 11:05

Meeting called to review Eco Park concerns

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:

"Dear Shepperton and Sunbury resident,
 
"You may be aware that gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm has been given planning consent. However there are still aspects of the permission which need to be resolved before excavation can take place. One of these permissions is the diversion of footpath 53 which runs across Watersplash Farm and is an ancient footpath dating probably back to Saxon times.
 
"The footpath, in case you are not aware of it, runs right across the centre of Watersplash farm from Fordbridge Road to Upper Halliford. Hence in order for the gravel extraction to take place the footpath needs to be diverted round the outside of the extraction works.
 
The Diversion Order
 
"To divert a public footpath requires a Public Path Temporary Diversion Order, which Surrey County Council (SCC) have now applied for, as of 7th October 2020. If the order is unopposed the diversion order will be granted by SCC themselves. If the order is opposed (by even a single formal letter of objection) then the order together with any letters of objection are required to be sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment to be assessed by their inspectorate team.
 
Why is this diversion order important?
 
"If, as I am, you are opposed to the gravel extraction plan and the diversion of the footpath 53 then this is an opportunity to raise an objection against the footpath diversion to the Secretary of State for Environment.
 
"The Secretary of State inspectors are an independent body and will fairly assess both sides of the case. It is an opportunity to get an independent view on the justification for the footpath diversion which will in turn affect plans for the gravel extraction programme.
 
If, like myself, you feel that the extraction planning process has been stacked against the opinions of local residents then this is a valuable opportunity to get an independent view.
 
What could be the result?
 
"1. If one formal letter of objection is raised then the order needs to be sent to the Secretary of State for Environment for assessment, but nothing more.

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.

 
Some of the issues with the footpath diversion
 
"The proposed diversion takes a long and tortuous route around the periphery of the works about twice as long as the existing route across the field (please see map on accompanying Diversion order).


"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.

 
"An industrial wasteland with lorries transporting gravel onto a 12metre high conveyor belt with gravel stockpiles and a dusty, noisy crushing pl ant are hardly the places to walk the dog! The processing plant itself measures approximately 70 metres long (similar in size to a football pitch).
 
"The footpath diversion must show that it does not adversely affect public enjoyment of the open space. Hence there is a strong case for objecting to the diversion on the grounds that it significantly and adversely affects public enjoyment of the open space.The site will be floodlit 24 hours of the day every day, so apart from the obvious disturbance to

neighbouring houses there will be significant light pollution and no darkness in the area. Generally not in keeping with a public open space.

 
"The duration of the diversion is for a maximum period of 25 years which can hardly be classed as temporary and it has been extended to this number of years because the council cannot predict when the gravel works will be completed and the field restored. In effect SCC have allowed CEMEX to take up to 25years to complete the gravel extraction works before the footpath diversion needs to be re-instated.To clarify this point, the gravel extraction programme is nominally for 6 years, but the actual period is dependent on the rate of sale of gravel and availability of backfill material, so it will be easy for CEMEX to extend the works should they wish, up to the 25 year deadline.
 
What can be done?
 
"The deadline for objections to reach Surrey County Council is Friday 13th November. If you are against the gravel extraction plans and wish to stop this footpath diversion please send in your written objections either by post or email to: Countryside Access Team (quoting reference DJ/AW/3/1/86) at Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford GU4 7BQ not later than 13 November 2020 or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
"Please state the grounds on which your objection is made and note that it is individual representations that count the most. Group petitions are counted as only a single objection.

 

"Yours Sincerely,
 
"John Douglass (Shepperton Resident)"
 
 
A copy of the Order and the Order Map may be seen by appointment free of charge at Countryside Access, Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ (by appointment only - telephone 0300 200 1003) and at Shepperton Library, High Street, Shepperton, TW17 9A during opening hours. A copy of this notice may also be viewed on the County Council website www.surreycc.gov.uk. Copies of the Order and Map may be bought from the County Council at the price of £4.

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 Bannister
Chairman
Riverside 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

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