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 AGM on the 20th June attracted a full house and attendees were urged to complete their responses to the consultation on the Issues and Options for the Local Plan following a very helpful presentation by Ann Biggs, the Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne and Geoff Dawes, the Principle Planning Officer.
If you were unable to attend and have not yet completed the consultation form we urge you to do so as the closing date is midnight tonight.
The form will only take a few minutes to complete by clicking on the link below. We have published a specimen (scroll down to article of 18th June) which was compiled after the Association had taken legal advice.
LoSRA has received a notice from County Councillor Tim Evans which announces pavement repairs in Thames Street commencing 2nd July.
To see his notice click here
Since publication of our initial briefing note (see article of 28th May) the Association, in conjunction with Keep Kempton Green (KKG), has now had the benefit of legal advice from which a specimen of ‘model’ answers has been produced. Readers who subscribe to the KKG mailing list may already have received this.
There is nothing particularly contentious in the model which departs marginally from our earlier briefing note but it accords greater emphasis to the status of Kempton Park Green Belt.
The model is not intended to be prescriptive but residents may wish to adopt some or all of the answers in their responses. If you have already completed your questionnaire but have a preference for answers contained within the model, fear not as Spelthorne have confirmed that responses already submitted can be amended.
The closing date for submissions, 25th June, remains unchanged and if you are still unsure what to do, or need further clarification, why not come to our AGM on 20th June, 8pm at the Riverside Arts Centre. Our guest speaker Ann Biggs, the Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne will be available to answer questions.
To view specimen of ‘model’ answers, click here
Get your tickets for the next show, Terry Pratchett's 'Guards! Guards!', showing at the end of this month. Following the successes of ''Allo! Allo' and 'Are You Being Served?', the Riverside Players are joining forces with Shepperton Players to bring us another fabulous comedy this summer.
'Guards! Guards!' is full of fantastical themes - terrifying and comic in equal measure. The security of the city of Ankh-Morpok is in the hands of its City Night Watch, an undervalued and underfunded bunch. When they suddenly find themselves up against a massive fire-breathing monster, they need to up their game – and fast!
For poster and booking details, click here
The state of the roads is frustrating many local residents who contact Spelthorne by the hundreds by phone, email, social media and even visiting the Council. However, it is Surrey County Council who are responsible for the upkeep of our roads and pavements, not Spelthorne Borough Council.
A petition has been set up to ask the government to debate Surrey's pothole issues in the Houses of Parliament. The online petition asks the government to reform its funding formula which decides how much cash should be given for road repairs. Surrey County Council says the method for calculating the amount penalises the County because it is calculated on the length of a road and not the volume of traffic. Visit https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/217930 to sign the petition.
To find out more about Surrey's pothole plans or to report a pothole, click here
Performances are held between 2-4pm at either the Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 6AB where a limited number of chairs are available – (you are welcome to bring your own); or at the Lammas Band Stand, Lammas Recreaton Ground, Wraysbury Road, Staines-upon-Thames where you will need to bring hour own chairs or picnic blankets.
Sunday 10 June 2018
Sunday 17 June
Jake Fryer and All That Jazz
Sunday 24 June
Sunday 1 July
The Cobham Band
Sunday 8 July
Sunday 15 July
Staines Lammas Band
Sunday 22 July
Lammas Band Stand
Sunday 29 July
Dale Harris (guitar)
Sunday 5 August
Thameside Harmony Chorus
Sunday 12 August
Sunday 19 August
Magna Carta Chorus (2pm) / Ivor Game (3pm)
Sunday 26 August
Linden Wind Orchestra
Some of our readers will already have completed the online consultation form on the strategic issues and options for the Local Plan (See link below in article of 15th May). If you have yet to complete it, you may find the attached briefing note helpful. It gives an indication of the Association’s initial thoughts on the options being proposed.
It should first be said that we believe the Council has gone about the consultation process in the right way in making every effort to reach out to as many local residents and groups as possible. The online questionnaire is not in the least bit technical and is easily readable. If you still feel the consultation is not for you, you may wish to consider that one of our concerns (and indeed that of the Council) is that without an up-to-date and adopted Local Plan we risk planning decisions being taken out of the Council’s hands.
It should be noted that by responding to this consultation and agreeing to have your contact details stored on the Council’s database, you will automatically be notified of future consultations. The public response to stage 1 of the I&O process will influence and feed into the 2nd Stage, at which point, although comments will still be possible, the main thrust of the Local Plan will have been determined; and any attempt at blocking its eventual adoption will be futile.
To see the briefing note, click here
Saxophonist, composer and teacher Mornington Lockett studied at Dartington College of Arts, gaining a first class honours degree, before moving to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music And Drama as a post-graduate. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Mornington toured widely, in the U.K. and internationally. He has recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris and Ian Shaw. Commercial studio work includes a session with Oasis and even a number of ‘smooth jazz’ albums with Shakatak. Mornington has also played live with many international jazz artists including Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Franco Ambrosetti, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dave Weckl, Bernard Purdie, Phil Upchurch, Jon Faddis, Ulf Wakenius, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Gabòr Bolla, Nicolas Meier, Gregory Fine, Georgie Fame and Jack DeJohnette. In 1989 Mornington joined the Jim Mullen Quartet, which became incredibly popular on the UK circuit and effectively launched his career. This led to an invitation for Mornington to lead his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s Club, and eventually to joining the Ronnie Scott Quintet, which toured all over the world for five years between 1990-1995. On 10th June he will be guesting with the Terence Collie trio in an evening of Chick Corea.
Line-up: Mornington Lockett – sax; Terence Collie – piano; Paul Michael – bass; Paul Cavaciuti – drums
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury TW16 5QF
Tickets: £12 on the door or £9 via website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
The next PPG Open Meeting will be held at Sunbury Health Centre at 6.30pm on Monday 4th June. All patients welcome.
One of the doctors and other Practice staff will give an overview of the many positive developments taking place as well as highlighting the challenges faced by the Practice in our ever expanding community.
There will also be an opportunity for general comments, suggestions and questions from patients. Please note that this is NOT an opportunity to discuss individual cases or issues, which should be passed to the Practice in the normal way.
For poster, click here
The newsletter announcing our AGM is currently with the printers and will be in the course of distribution to all households shortly.
You may also read it online by clicking here
Please note that our guest speaker, the recently appointed Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne Borough, Ann Biggs, will be attending to address the AGM on the revision to the Local Plan. This is a very important landmark event which attempts to address the substantial and much publicised increase in housebuilding announced by central government. It will affect all parts of the Borough including Lower Sunbury. The public consultation on the issues and options is now live and all residents are encouraged to spend a few minutes in its completion. (Scroll down to article below for the link).
The minutes of the 2017 AGM may be viewed by clicking here
The easiest and most effective way to read the document and respond to the consultation is by clicking on the above link to the Council’s online consultation portal.
Please answer the questions at each stage and follow the instructions to submit.
Or write to: Strategic Planning ,Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thame, TW18 1XB
All responses must be in writing, as the Council will not accept verbal comments.
The Consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.
Further to the article posted here on 12th March, we are delighted to report that the appeal by the applicant to develop 7 residential flats on the site has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
Whilst this is great news we can expect a further and perhaps less ambitious planning application once the developer has studied the detail of the inspector’s report.
As with all Inspectorate decisions few come without a sting in the tail. It was, for example, disappointing to read that scant regard had been paid to the design of new residential development standards regarding separation distances and overlooking. Parking standards were also diminished in importance not least because of unhelpful comments by the County Highways Authority who failed to support the Spelthorne planning officer and LoSRA at the time of the original application.
The Inspector’s report may be viewed by clicking here
The following news release has just been circulated by Spelthorne Council and announces to all residents the opportunity to have their say on the first stage of the New Local Plan’s preparation:
From Monday 14 May, Spelthorne Borough Council is consulting on a new Local Plan which will set out how much development is needed in the borough for the next 15 years and where it should go. The finished Local Plan will contain policies for deciding planning applications and allocated sites for housing, employment and other forms of development.
The Council is at the first stage of preparing the new Local Plan, known as Issues and Options. The consultation paper sets out the key issues affecting Spelthorne to 2035 and the options the Council will consider in order to meet the borough’s needs. It will identify the challenges and constraints for development but also the opportunities Spelthorne offers for growth.
Presentations are being held on 21 and 24 May and there are also a number of information events where residents can talk informally to staff:
Monday 21 May
Presentation at the Council Offices, Knowle Green
7pm - 8pm
Thursday 24 May
Friday 25 May
10am - 12 noon
1pm - 3pm
Saturday 26 May
Ashford North Residents Association AGM (Association members only)
10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 30 May
Elmsleigh Centre/High Street/Two Rivers in Staines
11am - 2pm
Thursday 31 May
Ashford High Street
Stanwell - Clare Road shopping parade
12.30 - 2.30pm
Friday 1 June
Notcutts in Staines
Saturday 2 June
Sunbury - The Avenue shopping parade
11am - 1pm
Wednesday 6 June
Spelthorne Business Forum,
Shepperton Studios (Forum members only)
Saturday 9 June
Shepperton Village Fair
11am - 5pm
Wednesday 20 June
LOSRA AGM (Association members only)
Whether you are a resident, worker or business owner in Spelthorne, the Council wants you to have a say in shaping your Local Plan. The consultation document will be available from 12 noon on Monday 14 May. You can read it and respond online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan
After this consultation, the Council will draft the new Local Plan before carrying out further consultation later this year. The Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector who will confirm if it can be recommended for adoption. We expect this process to be completed by September 2020.
Following a really fun night and full house at the Nashville Teens gig last month, Sunbury Cricket Club carries on in similar 60s vein with the next Music Night, which is on Friday 18th May when the Club welcomes back THE 60S ALL STARS. They regularly do an early summer gig for the Club to help get the league cricket season off to a lively start, and we are delighted to have them back – they did our very first Music Night more or less exactly seven years ago so it’s very appropriate that are at the Club again with their usual programme of wall-to-wall beat era classics.
Sadly, we have to report that one of the band members, guitarist Del Mandel, died quite suddenly a couple of weeks ago after a short illness. However, as they have made clear to me, “Del would have wanted us to carry on”, and so the band will continue around their core line-up of guitarist Alan Lovell of the Swinging Blue Jeans, John Dee of The Foundations and Mick Avory of The Kinks, with other members added as available.
It’s obviously a difficult time for the band, so it would be great if we can give them a full house and a proper Sunbury atmosphere. They always give us a really fun night of Sixties hits and rock ‘n’ roll, so put a party of friends together and come out in force. Food will be available as usual.
The flier for this event may be viewed by clicking here