Welcome to Sudbury Town Residents' Association (STRA)
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.
At the beginning of every meeting you can apply for a three 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.
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If you care about Sudbury, why not join us?
Update on Forum Status Expiring
The Sudbury Town Residents’ Association (STRA) status as a Neighbourhood Forum expired in December 2022.
Its application for forum status submitted in December 2022 was refused by the Council on 16 November 2023. Reasons for this decision can be viewed in the STRA application cabinet paper together with the formal decision notice.
Update: A delegated decision is expected on 8th January 2024, with the consultation to start around 17th January 2024.
STRA disagrees with many of the reasons stated and our response can be seen in the document below.
STRA response to Paul Lewin
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In response to this document we had the following email
Email from Paul Lewin dated 19 January 2024 to the STRA Chair
Thank you, I note your comments but do not consider that they impact on the Council’s position as set out in the Cabinet report, which has also been to Scrutiny committee and deemed to be a sound decision.
The Cabinet report indicated that an independent Locality approved, experienced neighbourhood planning mediator and advisor sought to work with STRA and Sudbury Matters. This was with a view to creating a new single organisation with an appropriate constitution, capable of applying for and attaining neighbourhood forum status. We are still of the view that this is the best way forward in producing a neighbourhood forum that fulfils the function of representing all parts of the neighbourhood area. As you are aware consultation on the prospective Sudbury Town Neighbourhood Forum has begun, this application reflects the outcomes of that group’s positive engagement with Urban Vision.
The Council urges STRA to re-engage with that group in the application process so that it can be represented in and contribute to a broader forum for the area.
Team Leader Planning Policy
Communities & Regeneration Brent Council
The STRA response to this email was
Dave Chetwyn (Mediator and Advisor) was approved and appointed by Brent Council. Dave Chetwyn set up a meeting at the Civic Centre with STRA Executive Committee and Sudbury Matters.
STRA Executive Team attended only one meeting at the Civic Centre with Dave Chetwyn, Mediator and Sudbury Matters in July 2023. Council Officer Ciara Whelehan was in attendance and was taking minutes of the meeting. The minutes of that meeting was not shared with STRA. STRA requested the minutes many many times, but till date STRA have not received a copy of the minutes. Questions were raised at that meeting but were never addressed. Minutes of a meeting is a MUST as this brings clarity, transparency, accuracy and a record which can be referred to in the future.
STRA Executive are surprised at the assumption by the Cabinet and the Scrutiny Committee that STRA does not represent all parts of Sudbury. But the Cabinet and the Scrutiny Committee believe that Sudbury Matters represent the wider and diverse community in Sudbury. Where is the evidence to support this assumption?
STRA was established in 2011. In 2012 STRA was given Forum Status and renewed in 2017. STRA is known throughout the Borough of Brent and has worked with council officers in harmony since 2011 – almost 12 years.
The first time STRA was made aware of Sudbury Matters was February 2023. STRA was then advised by Brent Council that there was a second contender for Forum Status in Sudbury.
Has Sudbury Matters had an AGM? If so, when? Why was STRA not invited to the AGM? STRA is being constantly told by Brent Council that STRA is not inclusive enough and does not represent the community!! It does not seem that Sudbury Matters represent the wider diverse community either. STRA EC and the wider membership are questioning the validity of these actions.
STRA has always knocked on doors and communicated constantly with the diverse community. Where is the evidence that Sudbury Matters has also reached out to the diverse community.
The STRA Chair will be abroad for the rest of the month of February 2024.
See the attached article where STRA is mentioned in the comments. The article is about a second Friends of Barham Park.
Jalaram Community Centre
Several residents have approached STRA to express their concerns over a recent event at the Jalaram Community Centre and the council’s response to their concerns.
To collect more evidence, STRA has produced a survey that can be accessed via the link below. The purpose of the survey is to try and gauge the number of residents that were affected and in what way.
If you were affected by this event in any way, please help us by completing the survey.
Do you live in Sudbury? Are you passionate about improving the area? Guess what, so are we!
We've got regular meetings, plenty of social events and a burning desire to maintain everything that's great about Sudbury – and see what we can do to improve the not-so-great parts too.
Join STRA today and do as much or as little as you like.
Tel: 020 8144 5645
Are you good at anything? Do you have skills we might need?
Seriously, anything at all!
Whatever skills or experience you have, we could use your help. We've got lots of ongoing campaigns, projects and ideas and we would simply love it if you got involved!
To find out more about getting involved, email email@example.com, with the subject heading "Get involved!", and briefly introduce yourself.
For details of the next members meeting and a write up of our AGM click here.
The Christmas party was a great sussess. Look out for some photos soon.
STRA has two Facebook Pages, one for general STRA matters and one for events. Sudbury Town also has its own Facebook page.