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 newsletter announcing our AGM is currently with the printers and will be in the course of distribution to all households shortly.
You may also read it online by clicking here
Please note that our guest speaker, the recently appointed Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne Borough, Ann Biggs, will be attending to address the AGM on the revision to the Local Plan. This is a very important landmark event which attempts to address the substantial and much publicised increase in housebuilding announced by central government. It will affect all parts of the Borough including Lower Sunbury. The public consultation on the issues and options is now live and all residents are encouraged to spend a few minutes in its completion. (Scroll down to article below for the link).
The minutes of the 2017 AGM may be viewed by clicking here
The easiest and most effective way to read the document and respond to the consultation is by clicking on the above link to the Council’s online consultation portal.
Please answer the questions at each stage and follow the instructions to submit.
Or write to: Strategic Planning ,Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thame, TW18 1XB
All responses must be in writing, as the Council will not accept verbal comments.
The Consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.
Further to the article posted here on 12th March, we are delighted to report that the appeal by the applicant to develop 7 residential flats on the site has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
Whilst this is great news we can expect a further and perhaps less ambitious planning application once the developer has studied the detail of the inspector’s report.
As with all Inspectorate decisions few come without a sting in the tail. It was, for example, disappointing to read that scant regard had been paid to the design of new residential development standards regarding separation distances and overlooking. Parking standards were also diminished in importance not least because of unhelpful comments by the County Highways Authority who failed to support the Spelthorne planning officer and LoSRA at the time of the original application.
The Inspector’s report may be viewed by clicking here
The following news release has just been circulated by Spelthorne Council and announces to all residents the opportunity to have their say on the first stage of the New Local Plan’s preparation:
From Monday 14 May, Spelthorne Borough Council is consulting on a new Local Plan which will set out how much development is needed in the borough for the next 15 years and where it should go. The finished Local Plan will contain policies for deciding planning applications and allocated sites for housing, employment and other forms of development.
The Council is at the first stage of preparing the new Local Plan, known as Issues and Options. The consultation paper sets out the key issues affecting Spelthorne to 2035 and the options the Council will consider in order to meet the borough’s needs. It will identify the challenges and constraints for development but also the opportunities Spelthorne offers for growth.
Presentations are being held on 21 and 24 May and there are also a number of information events where residents can talk informally to staff:
Monday 21 May
Presentation at the Council Offices, Knowle Green
7pm - 8pm
Thursday 24 May
Friday 25 May
10am - 12 noon
1pm - 3pm
Saturday 26 May
Ashford North Residents Association AGM (Association members only)
10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 30 May
Elmsleigh Centre/High Street/Two Rivers in Staines
11am - 2pm
Thursday 31 May
Ashford High Street
Stanwell - Clare Road shopping parade
12.30 - 2.30pm
Friday 1 June
Notcutts in Staines
Saturday 2 June
Sunbury - The Avenue shopping parade
11am - 1pm
Wednesday 6 June
Spelthorne Business Forum,
Shepperton Studios (Forum members only)
Saturday 9 June
Shepperton Village Fair
11am - 5pm
Wednesday 20 June
LOSRA AGM (Association members only)
Whether you are a resident, worker or business owner in Spelthorne, the Council wants you to have a say in shaping your Local Plan. The consultation document will be available from 12 noon on Monday 14 May. You can read it and respond online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan
After this consultation, the Council will draft the new Local Plan before carrying out further consultation later this year. The Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector who will confirm if it can be recommended for adoption. We expect this process to be completed by September 2020.
Following a really fun night and full house at the Nashville Teens gig last month, Sunbury Cricket Club carries on in similar 60s vein with the next Music Night, which is on Friday 18th May when the Club welcomes back THE 60S ALL STARS. They regularly do an early summer gig for the Club to help get the league cricket season off to a lively start, and we are delighted to have them back – they did our very first Music Night more or less exactly seven years ago so it’s very appropriate that are at the Club again with their usual programme of wall-to-wall beat era classics.
Sadly, we have to report that one of the band members, guitarist Del Mandel, died quite suddenly a couple of weeks ago after a short illness. However, as they have made clear to me, “Del would have wanted us to carry on”, and so the band will continue around their core line-up of guitarist Alan Lovell of the Swinging Blue Jeans, John Dee of The Foundations and Mick Avory of The Kinks, with other members added as available.
It’s obviously a difficult time for the band, so it would be great if we can give them a full house and a proper Sunbury atmosphere. They always give us a really fun night of Sixties hits and rock ‘n’ roll, so put a party of friends together and come out in force. Food will be available as usual.
The flier for this event may be viewed by clicking here
Roberto Manzin (sax) will be leading the Terence Collie Trio in a Tribute to Kenny Garrett on Sunday 13th May. described as "An expressive player with an attractive sound, his improvisations reveal a skilful strategist, a melodist first and foremost, who gradually unfolds a solo and builds up to a compelling conclusion." (Charles Alexander, Jazzwise).
He will be performing with Terence Collie – piano; Stuart Barker – bass; and Ted Carrasco – drums.
Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury
Entrance: £12 at the door or £9 via the website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
A brand new Arts Festival for 2018 is launched for the week 7th – 13th May and is jam packed with activities for all ages and abilities, including live theatre, music and comedy, arts, crafts, dance workshops and much more.
For further details, click here
The annual Sunbury Health Centre patient survey is now available on the website, and at the health centre. Here's the website link:
Weybridge Lawn Tennis Club are holding their Annual Open Day on Saturday 12 May from 1 pm to 5 pm.
This is a great opportunity for Sunbury residents who play tennis or would like to take up tennis to come and look round their local riverside Club, play a set of tennis if they wish and chat to the Coach and Members. Players of all ages and abilities are most welcome.
The Club is set in a beautiful riverside location at Dorney Gardens, Walton Lane, Weybridge, so only a very short journey over the river from Sunbury. There are quite a few residents from Lower Sunbury who are already Members of the Club, but the Club would always welcome more, no matter what their standard, as all the facilities are available to improve players technical skills.
The cost of membership is extremely competitive, for example Midweek Membership (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5pm) for adults is only £150 per year. Parking is available on site and the Club would be delighted to welcome all tennis players and prospective tennis players to show your round and encourage you to join.
A local resident has recently been buzzed by a drone in her back garden and, with the advent of fine weather, it is not unreasonable to suppose that the recreational flying of drones may increase during the summer months.
As was evident from the resident’s experience, not all drone users act responsibly either deliberately or through ignorance of the UK Drone code published by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Simply put, the Code states:
Don’t fly near airports or airfields
Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)
Observe your drone at all times – stay 150 ft (50m) away from people and property
Never fly near aircraft
For further information visit dronesafe.uk and if you have any concerns about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101. The Council is not the enforcement agency.
This advance warning will be of interest to all residents living in roads close to the London Irish Hazelwood grounds off Green Street.
The 2018 London Irish Mini Festival, one of the biggest in Europe, will fall on 29th April. Despite the best efforts of organisers to prevent inconvenience to local residents, there is little they can do about visiting parents and supporters who choose to disregard the travel and parking arrangements provided by London Irish Amateur RFC. Blocked streets and driveways are a real likelihood.
The busiest time for traffic will be 8am to 10.30am, peaking between 9 - 10am as teams arrive for a 10.am start. The event has a staggered finish from approximately 2pm (age group dependent), with the last games finishing about 4pm.
The next Music Night at the Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 13th April, when the Clubs welcomes back THE NASHVILLE TEENS. They couldn’t do their usual New Year spot this year, so we’re very happy to have for an Easter show this time. They are one of the great names from the ‘60s when they had two memorable Top Ten hits in 1964 with “Tobacco Road” and “Google Eye”. They have played storming gigs to kick off the last three years, so we can expect another rousing evening this time around.
The line-up features their original lead singer Ray Phillips, who has had an unbroken half-century career with the band, as well as making solo records and performing with other line-ups like the British Invasion All-Stars with members of The Yardbirds, Creation and Downliners Sect. With him in the current Nashville Teens is a line-up of seasoned performers, including Colin Pattenden, member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band when they had their big hits back in the 70s, on bass, with Simon Spratley of The Ian Campbell Blues Band on keyboards, Ken Osborn from Levee Camp Moan on guitar, Adam Russel on harmonica and Adrian ‘Spud’ Metcalf on drums.
It will be another night of classic ‘60s R&B, featuring in Ray one of the great voices of the beat era. It’s also a special occasion as their double CD & DVD “Live At The Nag’s Head 1983” is released on 23rd March and will be on sale. There’s more information at www.Nashville-Teens.com.
Food will be available as usual. For flier, click here
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O'Day, along with Mel Tormé is often grouped with the West Coast school of jazz. Like Tormé, O'Day had some training in jazz drums (courtesy of her first husband Don Carter); her longest musical collaboration was with jazz drummer John Poole. While maintaining a central core of hard swing O'Day's skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody ranks among the pioneers of bebop.
On Sunday 15th April, Jo Harrop will be paying tribute to O’Day’s Verve years. With Jo’s music described as retro soul and a voice that’s been variously likened to dark velvet and honeyed chocolate all matched to a sunny, upbeat personality, she will make it an evening not to be missed.
Jo will be supported by Steve Rubie – sax & flute; Terence Collie – piano; Miles Danso – bass; Sophie Alloway – drums.
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RB
Entrance £12 on the door or £9 via website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
Click here for the event poster