• Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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  • LOSRA's Aims

    LOSRA's Aims

    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
  • Sunbury As It Was

    Sunbury As It Was

    Visit the LOSRA Gallery for images past and Present 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.

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The FOSM (Friends of St.Mary's) is the independent Charity set up to raise funds to maintain the fabric of the building and it's contents; and so ensure this much loved local landmark and centre of our Village life can be kept in good order for future generations. 

Residents who have recently moved to Lower Sunbury may not be aware that the Parish Church was built on the site of a medieval church building in 1752 to designs by Stephen Wright who at the time was Clerk of the Works at Hampton Court Palace. The interior was re-modelled by the Victorians between 1857 and 1895, substantial restoration & repairs were carried out in the 1970's and the Tower was restored and secured for future generations in the early 2000's.

The Church contains 17th & 18th Century baroque wall memorials salvaged from the original building, Arts & Crafts movement stained glass windows, High Victorian decor designed by Samuel Teulon and Scraffito decoration from the 1890's; the dawning years of the Art Nouveau movement.

The Friends organise talks, music, concerts and plays and during the last 14 years have raised over £100,000 helping to pay for repairs to the tower, roof, bells and drains etc. During 2012 FOSM have helped with a donation of £28,000 towards a replacement nave roof.

The friends are now looking ahead to the Heritage Day this September 10th which will include a display from the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society – a society which never fails to entertain and inform with it’s in depth historical knowledge of the local area - plus a tour of the bells and a chance to 'have a go'!  Please join us and support us in our work.

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Monday, 08 August 2016 08:16

Why no news on the cycle/footbridge?

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A number of recent enquires suggests that it's probably a good time for an update on the cycle/footbridge project. After David Cameron's pledge to kick-start a "cycling revolution" our hopes were high that funding might even become available in the lifetime of this parliament. Sadly, it seems our optimism was misplaced. Funding for cycling would have to increase thirteenfold to meet a government pledge to double the number of people travelling by bicycle (that is, people wishing to journey from A - B and does not include the out-of-town, road-racing, lycra-clad pelotons who make life so frustrating for motorists by turning Lower Hampton Road, Thames Street and Fordbridge Road into a racetrack!).

Analysis by Cycling UK showed that annual funding for cycling in England would be cut to two thirds of its present level by the end of the decade and that the annual £314 million pot for cycling over the next five years would decline rapidly. Funding will stand at £95 million this year and next before dropping to £45.5 million in 2018-19; and £33 million in 2020-21 (or 72p per person per year outside London).

All very disappointing and while it doesn't necessarily kick our project into the long grass it does mean we will have to make a huge adjustment to our expectations about seeing a bridge built in the near future.

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If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home or in your garden, make sure you find out about new charges being introduced for some non-household waste at the nine CRCs (community recycling centres) which accept it.

The new charges will come in from 1 September, and apply to waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil. Tyres from cars and motorbikes will also be subject to a charge.

Here are some more details about what you will and won’t need to pay for, and how much the charges will be:

  • Non-household waste in bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm will be charged at £4 a bag.
  • Sheets of plasterboard no bigger than 120cm x 240cm will be charged at £4 per sheet.
  • Items such as concrete fence post, ceramic bath, cistern and paving slab will be charged at £4 per item.
  • If the material is loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load. 
  • A charge of £5 will apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes. 
  • Bicycle tyres will be free of charge.
  • There will be a free daily allowance of chargeable waste of one bag or one item or one sheet of plasterboard per household.
  • Charges can be paid by credit or debit card.

Increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.

A full list of the types of waste that will be charged for is available at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling.

We can only hope that the new charges will not increase the incidence of fly-tipping!

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Alf Friday, our popular local Sunbury East councillor, and currently Mayor, will be hosting a Jazz Riverboat Cruise in aid of his chosen charities on Saturday 10th September.

We are delighted to publicise the Flappers and Dappers Roaring 20's themed event.

Click here to view poster

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This year cricket week will take place from 1st to 5th August. The fixture list is below.

The whole week is a celebration of cricket and of Sunbury CC in particular; but Tuesday and Friday are the highlights of the week when the Club welcomes the MCC and hold the T20 Festival respectively.

Please show your support. The bar will be open all day, every day, from 11:00am through to evening closing time. Every evening will be a Club evening and there will be a post festival BBQ from about 7pm on Friday.

For further details, click here

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The Walled Garden in Thames Street has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the sixth year running.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country and this year the Walled Garden is one of a record number of spaces to receive the Award.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Borough Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985.

Expert use of trees, shrubs and climbers on the ancient walls, which are 8 to 10 feet high in places, make the garden a beautiful place to visit. It is home to the Richard Stothard Memorial Clematis Collection which has over 200 varieties, with a clematis in flower almost every day of the year.The sheer variety of plants provide great inspiration for gardeners.

The Walled Garden is open seven days a week, from 7.30am-8.30pm in the summer months.

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