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The car-counters are back

Map traffic monitors - second batch - 21 September 2014 to

TRAFFIC MONITORING CABLES

Those Jockey Club car-counter cables are back – 23 pairs of them in and around Sunbury.

They tried doing this once before, earlier in the summer, but had to give up because it took them some time to notice that almost every street they were counting cars on had road-works and temporary traffic lights on it .

They might even get it right this time.

And while they’re counting cars, they’re still sniffing the air.

Map air quality monitors

AIR QUALITY DIFFUSION TUBES

 

 

 

 

Heartwarming response

£750

Dear Neighbour

Two days later, and the donations so generously given so far have reduced the target from £1200 to £750.

Many thanks, and keep them coming.

LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

Electronic methods for donations will be set up shortly. In the mean time, if you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque out to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Yours gratefully

Keep Kempton Green

 

Fighting Fund

 

 

piggy

 

What started off as a campaign against 1500 dwellings at Kempton Park has now become something much bigger – a campaign against 8000 dwellings in the Borough of Spelthorne which could come about as a result of the review of our Local Plan.

If this revision of our Local Plan goes through unchecked,  it will affect all parts of this  Borough – permanently and for the worse.

Unfortunately, it has come to the point when we will have to engage solicitors in order to continue this fight .

So far all the considerable work involved  has been contributed by individuals in their spare time. But there are some things, with the best will in the world, that they can’t do.

It really says something about the state of local democracy when residents  – not for the first time – are forced into this kind of dispute with their own Council. We wish it wasn’t so. But, more’s the pity, it is.

LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

If you would like to donate to the cause using PayPal, please click here . This will take you straight through to the LOSRA website’s home page. Scroll down and click on the button on the right: “Donate to the Keep Kempton Green Fund“.

If  you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

Alternatively, donations can be deposited directly into the LOSRA bank account set up for this purpose:

Barclays Bank

Account name: LOSRA

Sort Code: 20-46-73

Account number: 8341 3934

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Kind regards, and thank you very much in advance for your generosity.

Keep Kempton Green

This is madness

cartoon traffic lanes

To put it in context, here is what Spelthorne Council are proposing to do:

Current housing target = 166 dwellings p.a. = 3320 dwellings over 20 years

Proposed minimum housing target = 400 dwellings p.a. = 8000 dwellings over 20 years

Difference = an extra 234 dwellings p.a. = an extra 4680 dwellings over 20 years

 

Number of households (dwellings) in Spelthorne (2001 & 2011 Censuses)

38400    (2001)

39500    (2011)    an extra 1100 dwellings (+2.9%) in 10 years

 Growth over 20 years @ 166 dwellings p.a.

+8.4% over 20 years

Growth over 20 years @234 dwellings p.a. extra

+11.8%   extra over 20 years

Growth over 20 years @ 400 dwellings p.a. =

+20.3% over 20 years

The net result; Spelthorne Council are preparing the way to allow an increase in population of one-fifth.

 

Where are they going to put all these people?

Where are they going to put the extra health centres?

Where are they going to put the extra schools?

How far into the local roads will the extra traffic tail back?

Where are the answers to the questions above?

Local Plan Working Party

As we thought, but sooner than we thought, Spelthorne will start to “review” our Local Plan at a meeting of the Local Plan Working Party on 3 September.

The Local Plan Working Party comprises a cross-party group of nine councillors, plus the Head of Planning, John Brooks. The meetings of the Local Plan Working Party are not open to the public.

This is totally unacceptable. This is a matter far too important to be left to the senior politicians and officials who have – to put it mildly – been less than transparent about this whole issue of the development of Green Belt land at Kempton Park.

There needs to be full and direct residents’ representation on this Working Party, or a pre-determined result will be steamrollered over us.

Sniffin’ around

air quality monitor 1

A month ago it was traffic monitors. Now Mouchel are testing the air. These two gentlefolk were spotted by an eagle-eyed resident last evening placing an air-quality monitoring device on a lamp post at the junction of Staines Road East and Kenton Avenue.

They didn’t really have to bother – anyone who travels or lives along that road could tell them for free that the air quality is bad, very bad. But I suppose they have to know how exactly how bad it is, so they can calculate how much worse it will be with an extra 3000 cars added to the traffic round here. Especially since Spelthorne Council decommissioned their much more sophisticated air quality monitor at Sunbury Cross recently.

Mouchel are fully entitled to do this, of course. So why were they so coy about it? The man in the brown T-shirt removed his hi-vis jacket (with the word Mouchel across the back) when he saw he had been noticed. And Mouchel are a big company – surely they could run to giving their monitor-placers a step-ladder?

There are almost certainly more of these about. Have you seen any?

Please send photographs to  keepkemptongreen@hotmail.co.uk together with the location where you found them. It’s important that we know.

air quality monitor 3