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    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
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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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 12:50

Walton Bridge - Programme of Works

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Walton BridgeResidents may have experienced long delays in their journeys along Fordbridge Road and the A244. The full programme of works which is detailed below will entail occasional night and weekend closures of Walton Bridge during its construction which started this month.

January 2011 - Advance construction works start.

May to September 2011 - Archaeological investigation.

September to October 2011 - Earthworks in new open space. 

September 2011 - Diversion of pipes and cables commence.

January 2012 - Main construction works start. 

June 2013 - New bridge completed and brought into use.

July 2013 - Demolition of existing bridges commences, followed by final landscaping works.

March 2014 - Works completed.

Saturday, 31 December 2011 11:30

Lower Sunbury Policing Update December 2011

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PC Caroline Barnes has forwarded her police report for the month of December. Click here to view.

Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:36

Has Anyone Seen Dexter?

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The following appeal has been forwarded to LOSRA and we are very happy to help the owner trace the missing family pet. If you spot Dexter or know of his whereabouts please contact LOSRA.

Has Anyone Seen Dexter?"Have you seen our missing ginger cat, Dexter? He is very friendly and social but can be quite nervous too. He disappeared from Woodberry Close, Sunbury on the morning of December 8th 2011.

He is only 10 months old but looks quite large as he has long hair. He was wearing a black collar with a blue paw shaped ID tag and a reflective yellow flea collar. He has not been neutered and has been microchipped so will be easily identifiable.

Please check your sheds or garages and please keep an eye out for him. We are extremely worried about him. If you have seen him or know anything that might help us locate him, please get in touch."

Thursday, 22 December 2011 15:37

"Eco Park" Surrey County Council to Look Again?

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Further to articles published on this Site on 7th and 14th December, we publish below the answer to the question put to SCC by Cllr. Caroline Nichols on behalf of LOSRA. The answer has been written with great care and does not commit Surrey Council's Planning and Regulatory Committee to re-consider the application; merely that officers will re-examine the matter in the light of new factors which might be regarded as material considerations. Needless to say we would contend that the findings of the Advertising Standards Authority, published since SCC approved the application, are unquestionably material considerations and would amply justify re-consideration by the P & R Committee. We await developments.

Dear Councillor Nichols,

I am writing to answer the question you put to the County Council on 13th December about the Eco Park planning application.

You asked whether the planning application would be reconsidered following the ASA’s ruling on SITA’s consultation material. I can assure you that there will be a re-examination of the application.

It is the County Council's standard practice for all committee planning decisions to be re-examined by officers where there has been a delay in issuing the decision notice following a committee resolution. This is done to assess whether any new factors have arisen since the committee decision which might rationally be regarded as a material consideration, and which might require the committee to consider the application again. This process was established by a protocol that was agreed by the Planning and Regulatory Committee in 2003.

We have sent you a copy of the protocol and committee report under separate cover. The process is known as the Kides review, as it followed a Court of Appeal judgement on the case of Kides vs Cambridgeshire District Council. This process is the one being followed for the Eco Park.

So far officers have carried out an extensive consultation exercise to assess whether any new factors have emerged since the resolution to grant. We have written to around thirty organisations and individuals including yourself, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. Some respondents have drawn our attention to new factors which they state are material considerations and this information will be examined carefully by officers including Legal Services.

Clearly I cannot speculate on the outcome of this process at present. The results are expected in the next month and will be made public. However, there is no specific timescale governing the Kides review. We will aim to complete the process as soon as possible in order to reduce public uncertainty about the application and I will write to you if for any reason there is a delay.

Thank you for your questions.

With best wishes,

Marisa

County Cllr Marisa Heath, Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Committee

Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:01

Alert - Increase in Door-to-door Tradesmen

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Increase in Door-to-door Tradesmen The following alert has been sent to LOSRA by our neighbourhood officer, PC Caroline Barnes:

Over recent weeks we have seen an increase of door to door sales persons knocking on residents doors offering to sell goods or do work to their properties in Sunbury.

A resident reported recently that a trader who they had employed to complete some work on their property following the company doing door to door sales calls continuously raised the price for the job and therefore put a great amount of pressure onto the resident to pay the extortionate amount of money. Thankfully we were informed and were able to take the necessary action to ensure the resident did not pay any money to the rogue trader. 

I would like to remind residents to consider the following advice in an effort to try and prevent you from becoming victims of distraction burglaries or rogue traders during the festive season:

Whenever anyone calls at your door:

STOP
And think. Are you expecting a visitor? Are all your doors locked?

CHAIN
Put the chain or bar on BEFORE opening the door.

Use a spyhole or the window to see who it is.

CHECK
Ask for a caller's ID. Check it thoroughly, call the company (look up the number yourself). A genuine caller won't mind waiting, or coming back later when you have somebody you trust with you.

I would advise all residents not to employ anyone who has knocked on your door offering to do work. If you need any works done to your property contact a company directly yourself. If you need assistance with choosing a company please contact Trading Standards who will be able to assist you further.

Should you not wish to buy anything from door to door sales persons then politely say NO and shut the door. Should they become intimidating, abusive or refuse to leave call 999 immediately.

Please do not be afraid to report any suspicious activity to police by calling 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency. We want to stop this crime from occurring to others and any information available is very much appreciated.

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Orchard MeadowThe following press release has been forwarded to LOSRA by Spelthorne Council and we are very pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Council has decided to nominate two open spaces in the Borough for Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Field status.

The spaces earmarked in Spelthorne are Orchard Meadow in Sunbury and Stanwell New Start open space. 

The QEII Field project is an opportunity for residents of Spelthorne to be part of a high profile national campaign to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also the London 2012 Olympics.

The aim of the project is to protect outdoor recreational space and, in so doing, raise the profile of parks and open spaces, encouraging the public to make better use of them. Further, it is hoped that extra funding may be made available to community groups, could mean further improvements can be made. The QEII Field status is in perpetuity although there is some flexibility for developments should these be considered necessary., 

Councillor Penny Forbes-Forsyth, Cabinet Member for Parks and Leisure commented: “I am delighted that two valuable open spaces in Spelthorne can go forward to be considered. This will ensure that this Borough can be part of a high profile national campaign to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics next year in London.

“The project will certainly raise the profile of the Borough’s parks and open spaces and also, I hope, make sure they are used and appreciated by members of the public”.

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