Welcome to Sudbury Town Residents' Association (STRA)

STRA is a non-party, non-sectarian group that aims to encourage our community (including the shops in Sudbury Town) to work together for a cleaner, greener, safer area in which to live . We are your local neighbourhood forum have been developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Sudbury details of which can be found here. For more information about our history and achievements to date click here. Volunteers are always needed to help with events and to join our committees. If you would like to join us and be involved we would like to hear from you so send us an email.

 

 If you would like to become a member of STRA, signing up couldn’t be easier. Download the STRA application form and either email it back to us or pop it in the post. The address is on the contact us page.

The date of the next meeting can be found here. The next agenda will appear on the  members page, Members will need to have their password ready.

 

At the beginning of every meeting you can apply for a 3 minute soap box slot where you can raise a local topic which is important to you and other residents in the area, i.e. dumped rubbish, anti-social behaviour etc.   



At our regular meetings we are happy to welcome speakers on a variety of subjects from our local National Trust group to safer neighbourhood policing, local councillors, Wembley History Society etc.   If you would like to suggest a topic please email or phone in your ideas.

  

Find out more about Sudbury on the Sudbury wikipedia page.

August meeting

 

At the August meeting residents heard a talk from Yogini Patel, Senior Regulatory Service Manager, Regulatory Services Regeneration and Environmental Services, Brent Council with discussion focussing on how resident's can oppose a licencing application.

Mary Farrell then spoke about the Sudbury in Bloom project. This was followed by a talk from John Carroll about​ planning applications in Sudbury and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

George presents Christine with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate her amazing achievement of 40 years in business.

A Heritage Business in Sudbury Celebrates 40 years on the High Street - 1976-2016

 

 

Christine Harvey, creator of Through the Looking Glass, Consultant Hairdressing Salon on the Watford Road, celebrated 40 years with a champagne reception.  The Mayor, Councillor Parvez Ahmed, the leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt, Barry Gardiner MP and his wife and many long standing clients and friends joined the celebration, including 91-year-old Joan who, since falling outside the shop, pops in occasionally for a cup of tea and a chat.

 

There have been many changes over the last 40 years particularly in hair styles. Joanna Lumley’s 1976 ‘Purdy’ bob which was cut for her role in ‘The Avengers’. A new Ford Fiesta cost £1,950, petrol was 77p a gallon - a loaf of bread was 19p - the temperature topped 28C (82F) for 22 days - computers were still in the future but this was the year that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple. Concorde started flying from Heathrow to Bahrain - the first Body Shop opened in Brighton and at the cinema Sylvester Stallone captured everyone’s heart as the gutsy boxer Rocky.   

 

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister - the average wage was around £72.00 a week and only 50% of people had phones (landlines not mobiles) and no one had a computer.  The Sex Pistols and Clash were topping the charts - Big Ben suffered internal damage and stopped for 9 months.  

 

Christine is on STRA'S executive committee and part of the team who run the STRA Charity Christmas opera in aid of St Lukes Hospice at St.  Andrews Church in Sudbury..the salon supports local charities with their time and space, whether it be asking people to donate their unwanted toiletry gifts for Caritas Bakhita House, a women’s refuge, or raising funds for a small blind club.  Christine believes that one of the secrets of her success is to keep the business fresh by keeping up with the ever changing advances in hairdressing science. 

 

Councillor Mary Daly, who has built up a rapport with Christine and the team at the salon, said "businesses on the high street often know the burning issues and concerns of local people".    The team are passionate about their charity work and engaging with the community which Mary finds useful in her work as an elected local councillor. 

Sudbury Primary School Licence Application

 

As many of you will now know Sudbury Primary School has applied for an alcohol licence. Further details can be found here

 

This application has been opposed by our MP who has kindly given us permission to publish his letter of opposition (see below). STRA have also opposed this application and plan to speak at the licencing meeting. Further opposition was submitted by Paul Lorber a past councillor for the area.

 

Why not join the FaceBook group opposed to this licence. The facebook group only has a handful of members at present and we need more of you to join so that our voice can be heard.

Barry's Letter
160725_BGardiner_Licence.pdf
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STRA's letter of objection written by our Chairman and submitted to Brent Council follows

 

STRA response to Consultation regarding Alcohol and Music Licence Application by Sudbury Primary School.

Number of STRA members live close to Sudbury Primary School. STRA opposes any licensing application on following grounds.

  • Illegal parking across our members’ driveways causing disruption to peaceful and rightful living.
  • Noise and disruption to members’ causing potential health and social issues.
  • Unpleasant encounters with strangers might lead to existence of peacefulness in the area.
  • Streets in Sudbury, mainly Harrow Road and Watford Road are already congested and there has been increase in accidents and some were fatal. Licensing will only exasperate the noise and pollution levels in Sudbury.
  • Should the licence been granted it should contain some stringent conditions to ensure peaceful existence of our members and uninterrupted family life.

 

STOP PRESS: The hearing will be in early September on either the 6 Septemner 2016 or 8 September 2016. STRA would encourage you to attend.

 

THE BIG CLEAN UP - Love Where You Live?

Sudbury’s streets now look cleaner, greener and brighter thanks to a 3 day community clean-up event organised by members of the Sudbury Town Residents Association (STRA).

 

STRA members teamed up with local residents, councillors, the neighbourhood police and Veolia to clean up the streets of Sudbury, and inform other residents in the area about what they can do to keep their streets and parks litter and rubbish free.

 

Renu Kaul, Vice-Chairman of STRA spoke passionately about the need for residents to take pride in their local area and be proactive in helping to make Brent cleaner and greener. She said: 

“We can’t put all the responsibility for keeping this borough clean and safe on the council, as a community we need to take ownership.

“If we all work together we can make a real difference in this borough. These clean-up days are not just about picking the litter up from the streets, they are about inspiring members of the community to get involved and help make Brent a beautiful, clean place to live.”

 

You don’t have to organise a clean-up event to play your part though, you can make a difference and keep Brent’s streets clean and tidy in a few simple clicks by downloading and using the Cleaner Brent app.

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Keeping our streets and parks as clean as possible is a priority for us. Joining forces with residents and local groups is vital for tackling the anti-social behaviour of a few people who continue to show no respect for our environment or their neighbours."

“So I'd like to thank Renu and the other members of STRA for all their hard work organising the clean-up day. It's great to see our communities taking pride in Brent's streets and parks and going to such great efforts to help clean up our borough so it's safe and pleasant for everyone who lives here."

“With everyone doing their bit, we can make sure Brent is a place that we we'll all feel very proud to call home.”

If you haven’t already, take a look at the 5 simple ways you can help to make Brent cleaner and greener.

Dairy Farms in Sudbury

When we buy milk today, we are most likely to get it from a supermarket, in a plastic bottle. But how much do we know about where our milk comes from, and the stories behind the dairy farming business, especially when this was an activity carried out by people in our local area?
People have kept cows (and other animals) to provide milk for thousands of years, but it was only in the 19th century that some farms began to specialise in milk production. This article looks at the history of three such farms in the Sudbury district of Brent, and at some of the changes in delivering milk from the farms so that we can enjoy it as a drink, or on our breakfast cereal, in our homes. Read more by downloading the pdf.

Dairy Farms in Sudbury
Dairy farms in Sudbury.pdf
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Brent Community Champions Award

Well done to our deputy chair Renu Kaul who is one of 19 recipients of the Brent Community Champions Awards for 2015. STRA members Francis Henry, Christine Harvey and Jean Peacock, won this award in 2014 for their efforts to make Sudbury a better place to live.

The awards are an annual event from Brent Council to honour and recognise individuals who have given outstanding community and voluntary service in Brent

The awards are given to recognise people who make a positive difference to their local community.  Recipients may work for a voluntary organisation or group: or are school governors: run or work for youth clubs and organisations, or are just good neighbours, or helpful business people.

 

Residents can apply on line to suggest someone they think deserves this award.

At last we have official permission from Network Rail.

 

Mary Farrell was present this afternoon along with several STRA members and took the attached photograph.  There were two representatives from Network Rail. For more details about this project see here.

News about the High Street Fund

 

STRA is delighted to inform its allocation of £20,000 from Mayor of London for our own High Street.

Colourful new banners, new signage & murals from local artists and many more for more information please follow the link.

(http://stra.org.uk/stra-projects/high-street-fund/)

New on the website

News on a London wide initiative on spitting can be found here. In addition we have been rationalising our website. Please bear with us while we do this important work. In the mean time you may find items have moved and are not in the usual place.

 

At the last STRA meeting we had a discussion about the future of Horsenden Hill Golf course. On 25th November 2014 Ealing Council Cabinet passed a proposal for the permanent closure of Horsenden Hill Golf Course from 31st January 2015 unless alternative plans are presented to enable it to continue. Please click here to find out more. We are now pleased to report that due to community action the Christmas tree farm idea has been dropped.

 

 

STRA have also recently identified the need for a disabled parking bay in Sudbury Town. Click here to see the full story.

 

Our 2014 newsletter is now available. It is full of news and interesting stories. If you wish to receive a printed copy please sign up here.

 

 

The Sudbury Then and Now exhibition was a great success. Click here to read the full story. You can also read about the sucessful Diva Opera 2015.

 

There are proposals for a new bus route in the area. For more details see here. Also, new on the site our dedicated Sudbury in Bloom and High Street Fund pages.

 

Local Weather

 

Local weather brought to you from the weather station at our webmaster's home. Click in the data below to see a full weather history. Data provided by a Weathereye weather station connected to a Raspberry Pi single board computer running pywws.

Join us!

Find out how by contacting us online via our online contact form.

  
Tel: 07840491142

E-mail: deputychair@stra.org.uk

 

To become a member of STRA click here for an application form. Your £6 membership fee and your support could help Sudbury to be cleaner, greener, safer.

Volunteers

Make a positive difference in Sudbury we need your voice and your help to make Sudbury a better more prosperous place to live and work If you need to get fIt or walk your dog please volunteer to deliver important information and questionnaires to the streets near you do your bit to make change happen. Volunteers to email info@stra.org.uk for further information

News

Newsletter

Our 2014 newsletter is now available. It is full of news and interesting stories. If you wish to receive a printed copy please sign up here.

Next Meeting 

For details of the next meeting click here. 

Social Media

STRA has two Facebook Pages, one for general STRA matters and one for events. Sudbury Town also has its own FaceBook page.

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