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 2015 are now payable.
If so, why not introduce them to the Kempton Girls Football Club which caters all 5 - 9 year olds of all abilities. Attendance is free and great fun is guaranteed.
The Riverside Arts Centre is seeking an Hon.Treasurer to work,initially, in tandem with the current Treasurer before taking over the role shortly. The position will involve a few hours work per week, attending evening Management Committee Meetings to present the on going accounts-about 6 times a year and preparing the Annual Accounts for audit before presenting them at the AGM. The position will involve close liaison with the Hon.Chairman Eric Champion.
The following press release arrived in LOSRA's inbox on 1st July:
Spelthorne Borough Council has welcomed the Airport Commission’s report published today which recommends to government that a third runway be built to the north west of Heathrow.
The Commission’s unanimous recommendation recognises that expanded airport capacity is crucial to the UK’s long term prosperity by providing greater airport capacity and international connectivity.
The report comes with a number of recommended measures to address environmental concerns including noise and air quality and securing a major shift away from private vehicles as means of transport to the airport. The Commission has explained its recommendations would make an expanded Heathrow a better neighbour for local communities than it is today.
Leader of Spelthorne Council, Cllr Robert Watts said: “This is good news for the local and national economy. Along with our MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, Spelthorne has been a long standing supporter of the expansion of Heathrow on economic grounds whilst recognising the environmental and transport impacts must also be addressed. I am pleased the Commission has proposed a series of strong measure to address those environmental and transport concerns.”
Councillor Colin Davis, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “The Commission has clearly undertaken a very thorough assessment and recognised the overwhelming economic case for Heathrow’s expansion. It will now be important for the government to consider the report quickly so an early decision can be made allowing detailed plans to then be developed.”
LOSRA is well aware that the expansion of Heathrow is a hugely contentious issue which divides opinion amongst our members. Please use the comments facility below to make your views known.
The Elmbridge Planning website states that the Waterside Drive Sports Hub application will be considered by the North Area Planning Sub-Committee (NAPS) on Monday 6th July and, because of the number of objections, it would also be considered at the Full Planning Committee scheduled for 14th July.
For those who have not been following the story, the Development will comprise a new football and athletics stadium with spectator seating and detached two storey building incorporating changing facilities, storage, function and club rooms; floodlighting, additional football and sports pitches, new car park and access road, ancillary storage sheds and spectators shelters, hard & soft landscaping, dog walking area, fenced picnic area/playground and new electric substation following demolition of existing football club and facilities.
LOSRA's objections have been confined to the likely impact of noise and light pollution likely to affect residents on the north bank of the Thames and the adverse effect on the tranquillity of the riverside environment.
For further details of the application, click here
The following email has been received from the Regional Communications Manager, SITA UK and is reproduced here:
As you know work is now underway on the Eco Park development and we thought it would be helpful to update you on progress to date and the communications activity being undertaken. The early works are progressing well, the working area has been fenced and work began last week on building the footpath diversion and access roads. Preparatory works to the rear of the site and inspections and surveys are underway, and temporary site management facilities have been installed.
We have prepared a six-page update for local residents, which will be distributed Wednesday this week and I have attached a copy for your information. Please note that this refers to a new website for the project, which will be launched later in the week and is therefore not currently available.
We have widened the distribution area for this update in response to feedback from Spelthorne Borough Council, and this now takes in around 16,000 homes, including parts of Sunbury Common and Laleham & Shepperton Green wards that weren’t previously included.
We are also holding drop in sessions for local residents at the Sunbury Golf Centre on Charlton Lane on:
In addition to the update, we are promoting the drop in sessions through posters in the local area.
We are also planning communications about changes to the community recycling centre service to cover the centre’s wider catchment area.
Emma Jordan Recycling and waste recovery UK Regional Communications Manager
NB. Representations have already been made regarding the scheduling of the drop-in sessions as they conflict with a number of local events which have clearly not been taken into account. To see the six page update, click here: Readers will form their own views on the artist's impressions which depict a truly idyllic environment at the Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre!
If you're looking for an allotment in Spelthorne now is the time to sign up as the Council has vacant plots in four of its sites in the Borough:
For more details, click here