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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

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.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2016 are now payable.

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The public information day at Kempton Park went ahead as planned and it's clear that Redrow, the prospective developers, are in for the long haul. We can expect the Company to use its considerable resources to influence the local plan, currently undergoing revision, to include Kempton Park green belt for residential development.

David Cameron and George Osborne wrote in The Times last July: "We will always protect the green belt and make sure planning decisions are made by local people." This statement followed the Conservative manifesto which promised four times to protect the green belt. In addition, the Leader of our Council, Cllr. Ian Harvey has made his views very plain (see article of 25th April below) so you would be justified in thinking that the Kempton Park project appears to be a non-starter.

However, LOSRA is not given to speculative leaps as, despite these promises, there is ample precedent for developments on green belt land throughout the UK. The law is opaque at best (perhaps deliberately so) and only last month, Greg Clark, the Communities Secretary, approved 1,500 new homes between Gloucester and Cheltenham, with the reason that the need for housing outweighed the need to protect the green belt.

What is certain, therefore, is that the Redrow project at Kempton Park is not going to crumble under the weight of local opposition; but, with the combined opposition of our local authority and its residents, we should have a fighting chance in protecting this valuable local asset and preventing the inevitable traffic congestion in a Borough already designated as an Air Quality Management Area.

If you were unable to attend the public information day on 23rd April you can to see the information banners provided by Redrow at the event by clicking here:

http://www.redrowkempton.co.uk/consultation.html

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Hawkedale Infant School warmly invites you to come and join in the fun and support your local school.

There will be entertainment from Franco the Magician, toys and treats, craft activities, cakes, raffle, bouncy castle, local traders and tombolas along with fantastic food and a licensed bar.

There will also be games for the whole family to enjoy. Admission £1 for adults & 50p for over 3's.

The School looks forward to seeing you there.

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We don't know whether the new Council Leader, Cllr. Ian Harvey, was able to make it to the Redrow event at Kempton Park on Saturday (see article of 12th April below) but he has made his views very plain in an open letter to the developers, Redrow, which has been forwarded to LOSRA for publication.

To view, click here

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The re-structuring at senior management level has taken a step forward with the appointment of five Group Heads

The appointments are part of the "Towards a Sustainable Future" programme designed to make Spelthorne a leaner, self-funding Council, whilst protecting the services that people value and rely upon.

The changes mean that senior management will be better aligned with the political leadership and financial savings will also be realised from the streamlining.

The decision of the Appointments Panel, comprising of Councillors Harvey, Harman, Barnard, Doran, (also supported by Councillor Madams), was unanimous.

The five appointed are:

  • Sandy Muirhead - Commissioning and Transformation
  • Jackie Taylor - Neighbourhood Services
  • Karen Sinclair and Deborah Ashman - Community Wellbeing
  • Heather Morgan - Regeneration and Growth
  • Linda Norman - Finance and Customer Relations

Roberto Tambini, Spelthorne's Chief Executive, said: "This was a most rigorous and fair selection process with councillors being impressed with the calibre of our internal applicants. We will all be working hard to ensure a smooth transition".

The Group Heads will take up their new roles this week.

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The next Music Night at the Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 22nd April, and it promises to be a very special evening, as the Club welcomes the multi-talented singer and songwriter Mike D'Abo.

Mike is best known, of course, as the singer with Manfred Mann in the 1960s, who took over from Paul Jones in the band when Paul went solo, and fronted a string of big hits, including 'Just Like A Woman', 'Semi Detached Suburban Mr. James' , 'Ha Ha! Said The Clown', 'My Name Is Jack', and 'Fox On The Run', almost all of them making the Top 10 as well as a No.1 with 'The Mighty Quinn'. Before that he had been in A Band Of Angels, who recorded for Decca, United Artists and Piccadilly between 1964 and 1966.

He is also a highly successful songwriter, writing “Handbags And Glad Rags”, which has been a hit over the years for Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart and The Stereophonics, and co-writing The Foundations’ biggie “Build Me Up Buttercup”. He also wrote the music for the film “There’s a Girl In My Soup”, and turned his hand to writing jingles for TV commercials, including Cadbury’s “Finger of Fudge”!

Other credits include performing the show stopping “King Herod’s Song” on the original recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

He will be appearing with his trio featuring Dik Cadbury and Steve Degutis on bass, guitar and harmonies, as he not only performs songs from across his career, but will give us some juicy and hilarious insights behind the scenes of the business as he recounts anecdotes from episodes and encounters during his half-century in the business.

It will be a fascinating, entertaining and usual evening. As usual, food will be be available before the show which opens at 8.30pm. Cost of admission £10 at the door.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:58

Football IS for Girls!

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The appeal of women's football increases exponentially year on year with national coverage to match. To parents and grandparents wishing to divert their daughters' attention away from tablets, phones and the distractions of social media, why not get them started early by introducing them to the Kempton Girls Football Club which caters all 5 - 9 year olds of all abilities. Attendance is free and great fun is guaranteed.

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