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

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

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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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BBC AwardsThe following email from the Managing Editor BBC Surrey has been received by LOSRA:

We are delighted to announce that on 15th December 2011, BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey will host its first awards ceremony to salute and celebrate the unsung heroes working in the local community. The award categories are as follows:

  • Young person of courage or achievement - Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated courage or maturity beyond their years.
  • Bravery - Someone who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of adversity.
  • 999 - Presented to a member of the emergency services for commitment to their profession.
  • Sport - Awarded to someone who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or acting as a referee or official.
  • Good neighbour - Awarded to the person who goes out of their way to help their neighbours.
  • Fundraiser/volunteer - Someone who has given up their time to raise funds for a charity or good cause.
  • Local entrepreneur - Recognising an individual or company's contribution to supporting the local business community.

If you know of someone who you think deserves recognition for their hard work in Sussex, Surrey and North East Hampshire, then you can nominate them by completing and returning this form. Alternatively you can email your nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Simply email your name and contact details, the name of your nominee and the award category together with the reason for your nomination in no more than 250 words. Individuals must be based in or resident within the BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey area and the deadline for nominations is midnight on 25 November.

Full terms and conditions are available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15429996.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Yours sincerely

Nicci Holliday

Managing Editor

Friday, 04 November 2011 11:39

Bogus doorstep selling

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Bogus Doorstep SellingSpelthorne Council is warning local residents about door-to-door canvassers selling home insulation in the local area who are falsely claiming to work for the Council.

Letters were sent to residents throughout the summer months informing them about the Council’s home insulation schemes, run by Climate Energy, but no door-to-door calls were made.

Cllr Roberts Watts, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The canvassers are knocking on doors claiming they work for Spelthorne Council. These people are not from the Council and they are trying to mislead and confuse residents by saying they are working with us. Residents should be very cautious if approached.”

Residents should also be aware that if they have signed up to have insulation supplied by one of these companies, the law gives them a seven day ‘cooling-off period’ during which they can cancel any contract over the value of £35, without penalty.

If residents are concerned or need more information they should contact Francesca Nesbitt at Spelthorne Council by calling 01784 446308 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Police CollegeLOSRA has agreed to help Linden Homes to reach as wide an audience as possible in the public consultation over their development intentions for the Police College site in Green Street.

In case you were unable to make it to the exhibition on Tuesday, or if you would like to remind yourself of the design proposals which were featured, you may do so by clicking here.

Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:10

Lower Sunbury Policing Update - October 2011

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PC Caroline Barnes has sent her report for the month of October.

Click here to view October's report, or click here for a list of all Police reports

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:20

St. Mary's Church Fair, 12th November

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St Mary's ChurchSt. Mary's Church will be holding a fair on Saturday 12th November between 10am and 2pm to raise funds to repair the Church roof (or to buy a supply of buckets!).

The fair will feature all the usual favourite stalls, raffles, jewellery, toys, fairtrade goods. Hot and cold refreshments will also be available in the Parish Hall.

All are welcome to come and support the Parish in a project which is vital for the future of our Church.

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Advertising Standards AuthorityA profit-driven corporate giant has shown a disgraceful contempt for a community which was never expected to fight back. The 'Eco Park' Contractors, SITA, have been shamed by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading Sunbury and Shepperton residents. If the Eco Park was such a fantastic and ground-breaking solution to our waste disposal problems, why did they try to deceive us by misrepresenting its environmental benefits? The illustrative drawings were misleading; the claim that it was a proven technology was untrue, as was their claim that the technology was operating successfully elsewhere.

The Campaign Group opposing the Eco Park (LOSRA, Charlton Village RA & Shepperton Against the Eco Park (SATEP)) has always contended that SITA UK, the contractors for the Eco Park at Charlton Lane had misrepresented the facility in their publicity literature and via the media. A complaint had been lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority and readers may remember that the findings of the ASA were appealed to The Independent Reviewer of ASA Adjudications, Sir Hayden Phillips (See article of 30th August).

As a consequence, the ASA has reviewed its original decision and its findings are summarised as follows:

The technology is not proven, as claimed by SITA. Shepperton would receive an untried, untested prototype gasification unit.

The reference sites that SITA claim are "operating successfully with emissions falling within predicted levels" has been ruled as misleading, unsubstantiated and also fail on environmental claims, as the quoted Dumfries site has suffered operational issues since inception and experiences emission breaches on an alarmingly regular basis.

Drawings used to illustrate the Development have also been deemed to be misleading, as the true scale of the buildings and height of the planned 49 metre stack were not accurately depicted.

Due to SITA's company policy of not holding large public meetings, the majority of their public consultation has been conducted through awareness-raising tools such as Newsletters, their website, media articles and other marketing materials. However, with this ASA ruling deeming SITA's publicity material to be flawed at a basic level, it must now be arguable that SITA's claims to have held satisfactory public consultations are themselves unsupportable. For Press Release, click here. For the ASA adjudication, click here.

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