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Traffic congestion, pollution and danger are major current concerns in our little corner of car-dominated Surrey and will be at the forefront of our 2014 agenda. Finding alternatives to car use - a policy embraced by central government - will play a key part in improving what is becoming a degraded local environment in Lower Sunbury.
To help in alleviating the problem, a cycle/foot bridge which was first proposed by the Thames Overways Projects (TOPS) in 2001 but sadly and for a variety of reasons fell off the political agenda, is to be resuscitated. Since 2001 the Lower Sunbury population has increased very considerably. The combined population increase of Sunbury East and Halliford & Sunbury West wards is 10.1% (2011 census) but with no commensurate improvement in local infrastructure amenity. Further, an aggregated total from 271 units of 811 additional bedrooms have been approved in recent planning applications which implies an even greater population increase before the next census is due in 2021. In short, the argument for the construction of a suitable bridge is now stronger than ever.
The River Thames is one of the greatest assets but is also a barrier between places where people live, work and play. LOSRA believes that a car-free bridge would be of enormous benefit to a wide area both north and south of the River. It would mean safer and shorter non-polluting journeys to work, schools and recreation. It would also provide an alternative to traffic-jammed Thames Bridges and the choked main roads leading to those bridges; and facilitate extended access to the Thames Path National Trail to communities north of the river, giving impetus to sustainable local tourism. The river is a beautiful linear park but it also prevents easy sharing of the excellent amenities that exist on either side of the waterway - a situation which should not be allowed to continue.
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A last minute opportunity means that the full Middlesex County Cricket Club squad will be coming to Kenton Court Meadow this Saturday to play Sunbury CC in one 20/20 and one 10/10 match.
These will be a serious early season warm up matches in preparation for both teams' league and cup competitions to come.
The Middlesex squad will be led by their 20/20 captain and England player Eoin Morgan. The squads will between them include several former and current Sunbury and Middlesex players, such as Toby Roland-Jones (also of England Lions), Sunbury's 1st XI captain Adam London, vice captain John Maunders, former Middlesex wicket keeper David Nash as well as Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie of Sunbury, Middlesex and Ireland. Roland-Jones, London, Nash and Balbirnie are of course also former Sunbury Colts
The cricket will start at NOON and carry on through until about 6.00pm. Entrance is free to all members and non-members. The bar will of course be open with food available.
The Cricket Club has just been able to confirm a last-minute addition to their Music Night schedule with a gig by the great Texan blues star Buddy Whittington. Apparently, a planned show as part of his European tour was cancelled and Friday 25th April became available – when the tour was first being booked there were no Fridays available for us to stake a claim. However, through the Club's connection with Buddy’s drummer Darby Todd via his father Brett who has brought us some great gigs, they were offered the date, and of course, jumped at the opportunity.
Buddy was lead guitarist with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for fifteen years – John Mayall is a demanding taskmaster and you don’t hold down that job for so long without being a very special performer. He is touring with his usual line-up of Darby Todd on drums and Pete Stroud on bass, and we can look forward to another evening of top-class contemporary blues. He is a great entertainer and a lovely guy, always happy to have a chat with everyone as he signs his CDs, and it’s a real treat to be able to welcome him back to the Club.
Appendix 1 of the local Development Plan Document lists those open urban sites which are, or should be, protected from development. The tennis courts at St. Paul's School in The Ridings, Green Street, are listed as enjoying such protection. Despite this, an application for the development of 17 dwellings on the site has been submitted to Spelthorne Council and LOSRA is happy to support local residents who have prepared the attached leaflet. Residents are urged to write in objection to the plans and the main points for inclusion in your representation are summarised in the leaflet which may be viewed by clicking here
Residents will remember an article which appeared in our Autumn 2013 newsletter highlighting the problems being experienced at the Green Street Health Centre and in which residents were invited to contact LOSRA if they had personal experiences to share. As a direct consequence of this, and LOSRA's subsequent representations, the Health Centre has responded by creating its own website which allows email access to the Patient Participation Group (PPG)* on: www.sunburyhealthcentre-ppg.com.* 'PPGs are groups of active volunteer patients working in partnership with Practice staff and GPs - this unique partnership between patients and their Practices is essential to achieving high quality and responsive care.' Chief Executive of the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP)
On 17th March Surrey County Council ignored local people, technical experts and even its own consultants to give the go-ahead to a high-risk waste gasifier at Charlton Lane.
Once again, we need to pull together as a community. The next step - and our only hope of stopping this - is a Judicial Review. Surrey are banking on the fact that the people of Spelthorne don't care enough to stop this. We know better.
Here's what you can do:
1. Email your local Spelthorne Borough Councillors here and demand that they support residents with a Judicial Review. There is no better way for your taxes to be spent - once the incinerator is here we will be blighted by a chimney taller than Nelson's Column belching toxic fumes over our schools and homes. And by then it will be too late.
2. Email our MP Kwasi Kwarteng and ask for him to demand that this Planning Decision is 'called in' by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.
3. Email the Surrey Councillors and tell them what you think of their ill-judged decision.
4. Please help by attending this event in support of our fighting fund. We had hoped it wouldn't come to this, but we now need to start getting lawyers involved, which costs. We have a great case but we need your support and every penny raised will be used to fight the incinerator.
5. Spread the word. Unbelievably, local people are still totally unaware that a huge incinerator is about to be built on the site of the tip at Charlton Lane. Join our Facebook group, tell your friends, family and neighbours. Together we can stop this.
The Dale Harris Guitar Show
Date: 26th April 2014
Venue: Jubilee Church Centre, Manygate Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9EE
Cause: Raising money for SATEP’s (Spelthorne against the “Eco” Park) Legal Fight Fund
Prepare to be dazzled! Shepperton-based musician Dale Harris is to perform one of his famous guitar shows where he’ll play a collection of well-known classical pieces and popular songs in a variety of ways, on an array of guitars.
Proceeds from the concert will be used to pay for the legal challenge campaigners face in the ongoing battle to stop a toxic emitting, untried, untested prototype industrial waste plant being built in Shepperton.
Admission: £10 or £7 concessions.
Info available at: www.satep.co.uk
To view Concert flier, click here
Regular visitors to this site will be familiar with Thames 21 and LOSRA's support for the sterling work this registered charity carries out in preserving our most beautiful reaches of the Thames.
Litter-picking and general tidying up will be particularly important this year after the deposits left by the winter's high flood waters.
You are invited to volunteer a helping hand for a few hours.
To see the message from Luke Dameron of Thames 21, click here; The dates for Sunbury Lock Ait events are shown on this notice.
The next Music Night at the SCC is on Friday 11th April, when the Club welcomes back one of its most popular bands The 60s All Stars to kick off the cricket season, which starts at the Club the following day. Regular music night goers will be already be familiar with the line-up, but for the uninitiated, they comprise Alan Lovell, a current member of The Swinging Blue Jeans, John Dee from of The Foundations, Mick Avory, original drummer with The Kinks through their hit-making heyday, and Del Mandel, formerly with George Harrison and Crispian St. Peters. They guarantee a fabulous evening of wall-to-wall beat era classics that will give us a proper pre-Easter holiday party night with enough room for dancing. Check them out at www.the60sallstars.co.uk.
Club membership, a note from the Club:
"We don’t insist that people who come to the Music Nights are members of the Club, but we are introducing a scheme which we hope will encourage you to become Non-Playing Members. Anyone who is a member of Club – and you can be a Non-Playing Member for just £20, will receive a smart card which, when it is swiped through our newly-upgraded till, will automatically give you a discount off drinks you buy at the bar. The discount won’t be a fixed percentage, but it will be in the 5-10% region, and rather better than that on bottles of wine, I believe. Whatever the case, it won’t take you long to recoup the cost of membership, and if you take advantage of the scheme to spend a bit of time at the Club at the weekends during the cricket season, it will be a more than worthwhile investment, and the subscription income is very important to the Club. We will have membership forms available at the next Music Night, so we hope you will take advantage of the scheme."
All residents are invited to the Cycling Festival from 10am-4pm on Tuesday 8 April at the Lammas Recreation Ground in Staines-upon-Thames.
This free event for all ages will include:
Cllr Penny Forbes-Forsyth, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Young People and Leisure said: “We have seen a boom in cycling in Spelthorne since the London 2012 Olympic Games and we want to encourage even more people to get involved and continue cycling. Community is one of the Council’s key values and this free event offers numerous opportunities for people of all ages to get involved.”
For further details visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/cyclingforhealth, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01784 446433.
By purchasing a tea towel you will be supporting LOSRA and its volunteers who work so tirelessly in support of the local community.
Many thanks to Billy Rice for his video montage of Lower Sunbury
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