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To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means.
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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The following email extract is published as a correction to an article published in our Autumn Newsletter (See Home Page and click on Newsletters) LOSRA apologises for any inaccuracy in its original report.
"The [Newsletter] report says that Carols in the Meadow “cannot take place because there is an event at Riverside Arts Centre, which prevents them from supplying the lights”. This is not true. The problem was that the crew who rig the lighting and sound are the Riverside Youth Theatre Technical Team, who would be operating on the opening night of their Christmas production at the Arts Centre on that evening.
"I pointed out the problem to Gerry Ceaser in October who said he would try to move the event to the following week. When he told us this was not possible we made alternative arrangements to obtain wind-up lighting stands from a hire company, at no cost to the event (to save rigging scaffold towers), and found two technicians from the Arts Centre to rig and operate the equipment. We asked that Gerry should see if he could get them some help to derig, and help to take the equipment back to RAC.
"Gerry sent an email on 31st October to the churches and myself which included:
This is to confirm to you that the Carols in the Meadow will NOT take place this year due to a number of unforeseen problems that have only just come to light.
It is hoped that, provided these can be overcome, that Carols will return in 2015.
Can I thank Ian in particular for the alternative lighting arrangements that he put forward which were most appreciated but then other difficulties arose thus leading to the reluctant decision not to go ahead this year
"Myself and others at the Arts Centre have received critical comments from those who believe the cancellation was due to us saying we couldn’t help, which is unfair as we went to considerable trouble to find a solution.
"I would ask that you publish a correction in your next Newsletter, and on the website.
Technical Director – Riverside Youth Theatre
LOSRA wishes all its members a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Our seasonal felicitations are nevertheless tempered by the reality that cyber-criminals see Christmas as an opportunity for lining their pockets at the expense of an unsuspecting and trusting public. The City of London Police launch ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ national campaign to keep you and your electronic devices safe this December.
To view, click here
It was very gratifying for the Association to read that our now much reported cycle/footbridge feasibility study has been officially recognised on the Surrey County Council Website.
Do you know a special young person aged between 5 and 19 years, living or receiving education within Lower Sunbury, who deserves recognition?
If so you may wish to nominate them for a Spelthorne Youth Award.
The Council is looking for nominations for the following categories:
Anyone can nominate a young person for an award. All the young people who are nominated will be made aware of their nomination and be shortlisted for an award. The top nominees from each category will be invited to a special awards ceremony and presented with a certificate and prize from the Mayor of Spelthorne.
For further information and to nominate online visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/youthawards. Alternatively call 01784 446433.
The deadline for nominations is Friday the 19 December.
Spelthorne Council and the Food Standards Agency are calling on people to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking meals out with family and friends this Christmas.
Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is. It’s the things you can’t see - like germs spread by bad hygiene practices - that you need to consider.
There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest - check the food hygiene rating. This shows the score the business was given by Spelthorne Council’s Environmental Health staff after its last food hygiene inspection.
Currently in Spelthorne an impressive 93% of food businesses are rated satisfactory, good or very good. 55% of these businesses have achieved the top rating ‘very good’.To check the food hygiene rating before you eat out this Christmas, visit the Food Standards Agency website http://ratings.food.gov.uk/authority-search/spelthorne
The expansion of Heathrow Airport is a subject which polarises views across our membership but, whether for or against, residents will be interested to read the latest press release from Spelthorne Council:
Spelthorne Borough Council has told the Airports Commission that it continues to support plans for an additional runway at Heathrow.
Councillor Robert Watts, Leader of Spelthorne Council appeared before a special meeting held by the Airports Commission on Wednesday 3 December to hear the views of people around the Airport following the launch of a consultation in November inviting comments on the shortlisted runway options.
Councillor Robert Watts said: “The future of Heathrow is critical to both the local and national economy. Nearly 4,000 residents work on the airport and another 3,500 in support businesses. Doing nothing is not an option as that would simply lead to a decline in jobs.
I have no illusions about the challenges any airport expansion can bring; and the noise, air quality, transport and other environment issues will need to be resolved. I have stressed to the Commission that effective and comprehensive mitigation is a prerequisite.”
The Commission, which is led by Sir Howard Davies, is currently investigating the best option for a third runway in the South East and is due to present its final report to the government in June 2015.
Speaking about the consultation in November, Sir Howard Davies said: “Since our interim report last year we have undertaken a huge amount of work. We have carried out a thorough assessment, across a comprehensive range of subjects, looking at the benefits and impacts of each proposal.”
“We have not yet taken a view on which proposal strikes the most effective balance between the assessment criteria. It is important first that we provide an opportunity for this evidence to be examined, challenged and improved. This consultation gives everyone with an interest in the issue of airport expansion that opportunity.”
“Responses to this consultation will be a valuable addition to our evidence base and will directly inform our recommendation to the government when we publish our final report in the summer of 2015.”
The consultation runs until Tuesday 3 February 2015. For more details and information on how to respond to the consultation, click here
This year, once again, the Christmas Market, which is organised by the Lower Sunbury Business Community, will take place outside the shops in Avenue Parade from 5pm on 11th December.
There will be 14 stalls offering mulled wine, arts and crafts, food sampling, presents, jewellery and accessories; and for the children, rides, glow toys, face painting and Santa with his 3 live reindeer. A community raffle in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice will be run by Laura at the hairdressers.
All are welcome to join in the fun and get into the festive spirit.
Residents living in the vicinity of the White Horse Pub at 69 Thames Street at the junction with The Avenue will wish to be aware of an application for full variations to extend the finish time for the sale of alcohol to midnight on Mondays to Sundays inclusive; and to permit late night refreshment from 2300 to 0030 on Mondays to Sundays inclusive.
(Application No.14/00852/LAPRE). We are aware of concerns that the granting of these variations may lead to an unwelcome precedent in the Village.Unlike planning applications where LOSRA has frequently made representations at Planning Committee, objections to Licensing Committee can only be made by individuals and businesses in the vicinity. 'In the vicinity’ is a term that is not defined. Ministerial Guidance asks licensing authorities to consider if the individual is ‘directly affected’ and says: ‘it is expected that the decision will be approached with common sense and individuals living and working in the neighbourhood or area immediately surrounding the premises will be able to make representations'. Any representation must address one or more of the four licensing objectives. In this respect, objectives b. (the prevention of crime and disorder); and d. (the prevention of public nuisance) could apply and must be submitted by 25th DecemberDetails of the application my be viewed on the Council website: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/1985/Alcohol-entertainment-and-late-night-refreshment. Click on 'Licensing search' and enter reference 14/00852/LAPRE.To make a representation by email, click here: https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/1984/Licensing-and-registration?sendtoid=1887&formid=2509. Alternatively, by post to The Licensing Manager, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines TW18 1XB.
Many thanks to Billy Rice for his video montage of Lower Sunbury
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