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 following email has been forwarded to LOSRA by Ashford North Residents’ Association:
You may be aware the Blanche Heriot Unit at Ashford & St Peters is planned to close on 30th September 2017.
This will leave no level 3 Sexual Health Clinic in this area - the closest being several miles away in Guildford or Kingston. The replacement services are not as they purport to be and will not provide the same level of cover as the Blanche Heriot unit does.
If you would like to make you voice heard and support keeping the Blanche Heriot unit open then please sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/keep-blanche-heriot-unit-at-st-peter-s-hospital-open
All three items will be collected by a new dedicated vehicle on the same day as recycling or rubbish but at a different time. A portion of the money from the textiles collected will be donated to a local charity.
Residents can check which day their collection is by typing their postcode in to My Spelthorne or by calling 01784 451499.
A leaflet with information and the new collection calendar was delivered to residents in May together with a roll of plastic food waste liners. Residents can also re-use bread bags, salad bags and plastic carrier bags, newspaper or compostable liners to line their caddy. The calendar will also be in the summer edition of the Bulletin.
Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng detained at Her Majesty's pleasure!
Actually, he was due to give the keynote address at the LoSRA AGM tomorrow evening, but as the Queen's Speech is delayed until Wednesday, he will have to attend the following debate and will be unable to speak at the AGM.
However, in anticipation of this, there are 2 excellent back-up speakers, one from the Environment Agency, on flooding alleviation, and Colin Squire, of Garden Centres fame, who is also President of the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society. The Riverside Arts Centre is air conditioned, so please come along at 8pm - it'll be really cool!
Spelthorne Borough Council has announced the introduction of electric vehicle charging points at two of its car parks in Staines-upon-Thames.
Six individual 7kW charging bays have been installed at Elmsleigh multi-storey car park and a dual 3.6kW charger which can charge two cars simultaneously at Tothill multi-storey. The charging bays are free to use* and customers simply download an app to get started.
There are currently over 100,000 plug in cars registered in the UK, a figure which is expected to grow significantly over the next ten years.
Cllr Nick Gething, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Compliance, said: “The take-up of plug-in vehicles is growing all the time and we are very pleased to have added Spelthorne to the list of places where owners can ‘charge up’. As a council we are firmly committed to reducing carbon omissions and encouraging residents and visitors to choose greener, more sustainable, travel options.”
Visit https://open.pod-point.com/ or download the Pod Point app from your app store to get started.
The latest update on the Eco Park waste recycling plant at Charlton Lane has been forwarded to LOSRA.
To view, please click here
Dates: Thursday 29th June - Saturday 1st July
Times: 8pm; Saturday Matinee at 3pm
Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Lower Sunbury TW16 5QF.This hilarious comedy filled with double entendres and misunderstandings is a show not to be missed.Manor Players and Shepperton Players join forces for a second time as Riverside Players to present this play based on the popular 1970s sitcom.The staff of the men's and ladies’ wear at the Grace Brothers department store prepare to sell German goods prior to departing on a staff holiday to Spain. Despite their thorough preparations for the trip, Captain Peacock, Mrs Slocombe, Mr. Humphries, Miss Brahms, Mr. Rumbold, Mr Grainger and Mr. Lucas find that things start going wrong as soon as they arrive at their one-star Mediterranean establishment.Sue Ford directs a cast of regulars from Manor Players and Shepperton Players who are delighted to be taking on these much-loved characters, and bring you an evening of laugh-out-loud moments. Book ahead to secure your tickets at a discounted rate.Tickets in advance: £10/adult, £9/concessionTickets on the door: £12
The next open meeting of the Patients’ Participation Group at Sunbury Health Centre will be held on Monday 19th June from 6.30 – 7.30pm.
For further details, click here
The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, would like to extend an invitation to all residents of the borough, to come along and enjoy a special River Day on the Thames on Saturday 24 June.
For Mayor’s invitation letter to all residents, click here
For timetable and programme, click here
Please come and join us at Beauclerc Infant & Nursery School Summer Fayre, 116 French Street, TW16 5LE for a fun packed afternoon for the whole family.
We are very excited this year to be able to offer a huge variety of entertainment such as pony rides, huge bouncy slide, fire engine (incident dependant), ice cream van, BBQ & licensed bar, tea & coffee, cakes, craft and game stalls, tombolas, raffle and some amazing goods being sold from local traders. In addition, we are extremely proud that our own school choir will be performing along with a children's performance from a local dance company.
Please help support your local school and come along, everyone welcome. Admission is £1 per adult and children are free.
Our AGM will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, at 8pm on Wednesday 21st June.
The AGM Newsletter is currently with the printers and will be distributed to households within the Lower Sunbury area during the next couple of weeks.
If you prefer not to wait for your hand-delivered copy you may read it here
The minutes of the 2016 AGM may be viewed here
The audited accounts for 2016 may be viewed here
The next Music Night is next Friday 9th June, when Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes back BAD INFLUENCE, who were here early last year as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations – they’re one of the best and most popular blues/rock bands on the circuit and we’re delighted to have them back again this year.
BAD INFLUENCE are led by Val Hayes on vocals and guitar and Richard Hayes on lead/slide guitar, with Pete Stroud (formerly with Peter Green’s Splinter Group and familiar as bass player with Buddy Whittington) on bass, and Harry James (Thunder, Magnum) on drums. They play a distinctive brand of blues/rock, featuring material by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac along with original songs from their CDs, which are regularly featured on Paul Jones Radio 2 blues show. It will be a fine evening of archetypal Sunbury music night fare – food will be available as usual.
There’s more information on their web site at www.badinfluence.org.uk and the fliers for event may be seen here
Viewers will note that commissioning of the anaerobic digester at the ‘Eco-park’ has slipped yet further and the contractors, SUEZ, are not even forecasting when this will take place.
To view full update, click here
All are welcome to free afternoons of music in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB.
All performances start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. A limited number of chairs are available at the Walled Garden or you are welcome to bring your own.
Sunday 11 June - Jake Fryer and All That JazzSunday 18 June - SaxophanySunday 25 June - Sing Spelthorne
The following press statement has been released by Spelthorne Council:
Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting held on Thursday 18 May. Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Since being first elected to the Council in May 2003, representing Shepperton Town, Cllr Leighton has held a number of Cabinet positions over nine years as well as serving on several internal committees including the Planning and Licensing Committees. She has represented the Council on outside bodies including Surrey Supporting People Commissioning Body, and chaired Spelthorne Neighbourhood Watch.
Cllr Leighton is a retired bank officer and has lived in Spelthorne for 31 years. Living alongside the Thames, the new Mayor has a keen interest in all aspects of river life having also represented Spelthorne on the flooding inquiry in 2003 and the Management Committee of River Thames Alliance since 2006. She was also a school Governor for twelve years.
During her term as Mayor, Cllr Leighton will be supporting the following charities:
Spelthorne Dementia Support (Purple Angels) : helping to raise awareness of dementia-related illnesses and giving assistance to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their carers
Impossible Dream: providing river trips for wheelchair users
Swan Sanctuary: a rescue centre and registered veterinary practice specialising in waterfowl
Speaking during the meeting, Cllr Leighton said: I hope to appeal to different interests and different parts of the community. I want to celebrate the river and its environment, support the frail and older, involve young people and celebrate their talents … and have some fun on the way.
“I look forward to supporting local events and meeting as many people as I can over the next 12 months.”