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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Readers will be pleased to hear that the little schnauzer, which survived an attack by an American bulldog (see article of 3rd February), has now fully recovered. Following a police investigation, the owner has signed a voluntary agreement for his dog to be muzzled when in public. This, it seems, is the least the owner is prepared to do as he has offered no apology; nor has he offered to repay the £400 vet's bill. Settlement via the small claims court is an option now being considered by the schnauzer's owner.Additional powers were granted to the police and local authorities in October 2014 under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. These powers include acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs), community protection notices (CPNs) and public spaces protection orders (PSPOs).
All are designed to give greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. The Act also amended Part 7 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to extend the offence of a dog being “dangerously out of control” to all places, including private property where the dog has the right to be and to make explicit that an attack on an assistance dog is an aggravated (more serious) offence.
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 27th February, when the Club welcomes BAD INFLUENCE for the first time. They have been on the Club's radar for a while since they were recommended by a couple of their regulars but, until now, it has been difficult to pin down a suitable date.
They've been together for a long while, having originally been formed in 1986 by Val Cowell (vocals and guitar) and Richard Hayes (lead & slide guitar), who have been permanent members ever since, and the line-up is completed by Pete Stroud on bass (he was formerly with Peter Green’s Splinter Group and will be familiar to you as bass player with Buddy Whittington) and long-time drummer Harry James (former member of Thunder and Magnum). They play a distinctive brand of up-front blues and rock, blending original material from their albums with interpretations of material from the likes of Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and Fleetwood Mac—their most recent CD features tracks that they recorded for broadcast on Paul Jones R&B show on Radio 2 – getting a session on that show is itself a considerable accolade.
It will be a fine evening of archetypal Sunbury Music Night rocking blues, and the Club looks forward to seeing you there. There’s plenty of info and some music samples on their web site at www.badinfluence.org.uk
Are you interested in drama, lighting, directing, sound, costumes, set design and construction, directing, production, photography or props?
Have you recently moved to the area and want to meet new people?
The Shepperton Players, based at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, Sunbury, have the most varied programme of any local group including dramas, comedies, farces, musicals, Shakespeare productions and pantomimes. The Players have around 70 members of all ages. Some are primarily interested in performing, but are happy to turn their hand to all manner of backstage, front of house or technical tasks for productions in which they are not cast. Others are experienced, or chiefly interested in these non-performing roles in the theatre.
If you are interested, find out more by contacting the Membership Secretary, Marion Millinger on 01932 851323 or visit www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk
Spelthorne Council hosted the much awaited public meeting last Tuesday (see article of 19th January) to clarify its position with regard to any potential development on Green Belt land at Kempton Park Race Course.
The meeting, held at the Hazelwood Centre in Green Street, and chaired by Spelthorne Chief Executive, Roberto Tambini, was called after residents expressed concern that the Jockey Club might be planning to develop homes on Kempton Park. Around 200 residents attended and many submitted questions in advance of the meeting.
Cllr Robert Watts, Leader at Spelthorne Council, started the meeting with a statement outlining the Council’s strong commitment to protecting the Green Belt. “We can’t stop developers putting planning applications in,” he said. “But we can be clear about how we will deal with them if they do.” “We have a very clear Green Belt policy and it is backed up by an equally clear government policy.”
The Head of Planning Services, John Brooks, whilst also ruling out the prospect of developing on designated Green Belt, then gave a presentation on the planning context, an overview of what Green Belt means and planning for future needs and associated issues.
Pre-submitted questions about Kempton Park were then addressed and supplementary questions taken.
The panel included planning staff from Spelthorne Council, local councillors, Chair of the Planning Committee and the Cabinet Member for Planning. MP Kwasi Kwarteng also attended and answered questions relating to Sunbury Health Centre during the latter part of the meeting where broader local issues were discussed.
The Campaign Group, Keep Kempton Green (KKG) has also commented on the meeting and its report may be viewed by clicking here: keepkemptongreen.com/2015/02/04/the-new-friend-of- a-friend/
Spelthorne’s Sunbury Flood Volunteers was founded on Facebook 10/02/2014 in response to last winter's local flooding. As well as running the local flood resource center at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Green Street, they coordinated much groundwork, including sand-bagging removal of household goods to storage etc.
They have helped over 150 residents and over 70 households with cleaning and removal of slurry from their properties, to filling in 'repair and renew' grants, and moving residents back into their homes. The work is still ongoing and they are currently removing debris from our local waterways
The SSFV Unit has been developing for 12 months to provide initial training to individuals in Module 1 Water Awareness safety. In addition, SSFV have successfully completed level 5 water incident management, a 4 day component for team leaders responsible for management and co-ordination; health and safety; and liaison with other team leaders regarding tasking and welfare.
SSFV’s aim is to provide trained Flood Emergency Responders who will be able to react quickly to a flood emergency and provide support within the affected community. In the recent floods a number of residents were left isolated for more than 7 days even though the flood water wasn't very deep. . Unfortunately, the response available was provided by volunteers who were poorly equipped and untrained for the role they were given. Trained Flood Emergency Responders would have been able to visit the local residents simply to reassure them about the situation and to provide logistical support.
Last winter's floods demonstrate the requirement for properly trained Flood Rescue Responders. The need for more people to be trained around the Country is also evidenced within DEFRA documentation including the Flood Rescue Concept of Operations. Furthermore, the Pitt Review clearly demonstrates the need for Flood Rescue Teams and the benefits that these teams can provide. SSFV will supply free training for volunteers and also improve life skills.
On Sunday 1st February, a local resident in The Creek, and the owner of two dogs, has reported a completely unprovoked attack by what appears to be a breed similar to, and of the same colouring, as the American bull dog (pictured).
The dog came hurtling out of its house after the door had been left ajar and set upon both the resident's dogs, flattening the smaller of the two, a docile little schnauzer, before sinking its teeth into the schnauzer's back, thigh and stomach. Thankfully the owner came straight out and, with a lot of effort, managed to pull the dog off.
Had it not been for this intervention the local resident is certain the attack would ultimately have resulted in the death of her little dog.
Local enquiries reveal that this snarling muscular dog has been spotted frequently in the past and is known to have roamed freely in peoples back gardens, the Bathing Station field and on Wheatley's Ait.
The attack has been reported to the police (Crime number 45150008889) and is being investigated. This notice is intended to alert local residents whilst awaiting the outcome of police enquiries.