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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 2017 are now payable.

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Ms Terri Aston, Senior Parking Administrator, Spelthorne Borough Council advises us that The Walled Garden car park will be closed for tree work to be carried out from 6.00pm on the 9th until 13th October inclusive. The car park will close from 6.00pm on the Sunday 9th so that all the pedestrian and vehicle access can be blocked off ready for the tree surgeons to start work on the Monday morning.

The Council will then need to close The walled Garden Car Park from 6.00pm Sunday 23rd to 28 October 2016  inclusive for the following maintenance work:

  • Resurface the car park
  • Remove white marks from the walls
  • Update Signs
  • Replace Pillars
  • Remove the number and resident bays
  • Remark the parking bays.

The gardens and café will still be open to the public and can be accessed from Orchard meadow and Green Street/Sunbury Park car park but access via The Walled Garden car park will not be possible.

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Many residents, and especially those who were involved in the original application by London Irish to develop the Hazelwood golf course, will already have received notice of the application to install a moveable 50 seater covered stand on the north side of the main pitch.

LOSRA Committee members met with the applicants on Thursday 29th September and were given a full explanation of the reasons behind the application which are summarised in the application thus:

"In order to provide a very small amount of seating, particularly for our less well able members and to ensure full compliance with disability discrimination legislation the proposal is to erect a 50 seat covered stand on the north side of our main pitch between the 10m line and the 22m line. The dimensions of the stand are 6617mm long by 3000mm wide and 2927mm high.

"The stand is a simple covered seating area that is pre-fabricated and delivered as one piece and fixed to the ground. It will be painted green on the outside to blend with the surroundings and the seats will be of a similar green colour." [NB. On visiting the site it would appear that the stand is actually intended to be positioned on the west (not the north} side of the main pitch].

LOSRA has absolutely no reason to doubt the good faith of the Amateur Club who are sponsoring this application but we would remind residents, (and especially those who were actively involved in the Hazelwood Action Group (HAG)) that in order to protect the tranquility of the cemetery and living conditions of nearby residents, we secured this important condition at the 2011 Public Inquiry:

'Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification), no moveable structure for the use of spectator accommodation shall be erected on the land'. Reason: 'to ensure that the noise scenarios remain accurate and valid, in the interests of protecting the amenity of visitors to the nearby cemetery and the living conditions of nearby residents'.

LOSRA will be making a representation before the closing date of 6th October but it's important that individual residents should also make their views known by visiting http://my.spelthorne.gov.uk/planning/ and commenting on planning reference 16/01495/FUL.

Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:37

Council Purchases BP Campus in Sunbury

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The following press release has just been issued by Spelthorne Council:

Beating national and international competition, Spelthorne Borough Council has purchased the BP campus in Sunbury-on-Thames.

The funding given to Spelthorne Borough Council by central Government will be withdrawn completely in 2017-18, a situation which is forcing Spelthorne to find innovative ways to fund services and create new revenue streams, whilst continuing to keep a tight control on costs.

To fund the project, Spelthorne Borough Council has borrowed money at a very competitive rate of interest from the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB).

Under the terms of the agreement, BP will remain as tenants at the Sunbury site, leasing back the offices from Spelthorne Borough Council for a minimum period of 20 years. The arrangement will generate a significant income for the Council year on year.

The BP campus is the largest privately owned office park in the UK and is currently home to approximately 3,000 employees. The site comprises 11 office buildings which provide 620,000 sq ft of accommodation, with surrounding land and car parks.

The purchase was recently approved by Spelthorne Borough Council and BP and encompasses the entire campus, excluding the South West corner. The acquisition forms a key part of the Council’s strategy to develop new ways of generating long term income streams to protect its services.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “Securing the Council’s financial stability is our highest priority and after exploring several options and taking advice from a number of independent experts, we are confident that this forward-thinking agreement represents a very sound investment for Spelthorne. It will be key in helping us to close the budget gap and protect the vital services which our residents and businesses need and deserve. We have had an excellent relationship with BP for many years and we are very pleased to be working with them on this exciting initiative.”

Peter Mather, Head of Country UK, BP, said: “For almost 100 years BP has had a significant presence at Sunbury-on-Thames. Here we have conducted research, developed leading technologies, and run our global businesses. We are pleased to commit to at least a further 20 years at the site through this new and exciting long-term relationship with Spelthorne Borough Council.”

Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:33

Older Persons' Safety Day, 19th October

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The following email has been received from Spelthorne Council:

Following last year’s successful and popular Older Persons’ Safety Day, Spelthorne Council is organising another event, on October 19 at the Orangery at Shepperton Studios.

The day will feature presentations on issues of safety and security including bogus callers and online scams.

A pharmacist will talk about all the different services available from the service.

See the attached flier for details and how to book. Transport is provided from local pick-up points.

Please share with any older people who might be interested in coming along; for example Good Neighbour scheme users, fellow residents, club members and so on.

Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.




Joanne Jones - Community Development Manager - Spelthorne Council

Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

01784 446421

07703 468847

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Work on the 3.7m facility is yet to get under way, despite the county council's cabinet committee signing off the plans two years ago.

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Monday, 19 September 2016 14:43

Sunbury Walled Garden Claims Top-spot

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Spelthorne Council announces that its efforts to create a clean, green and colourful borough were recognised at this year’s prestigious South & South East in Bloom Awards.  At the awards, held in Fareham on 14 September, Spelthorne Council beat off competition from hundreds of entrants to pick up three awards. 

The ever-popular Sunbury Walled Garden claimed the top-spot, receiving a Gold award and being declared overall winner in the Small Park category for the fourth year running. 

There was more good news for Spelthorne with Staines and Sunbury Cemeteries both gaining Silver Gilt awards in the Best Cemetery category.

The annual competition is designed to encourage councils, residents and businesses to work together to improve the local environment and make towns and cities greener and cleaner. Expert judges toured the region in June and July and awarded marks based on a range of criteria.

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