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  • Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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    We invite anybody interested in the issues facing Lower Sunbury to subscribe Read More
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    You can find all the recent LOSRA Newsletter available to download Read More
  • 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.

Friday, 23 September 2011 09:13

Music Nights at Sunbury Cricket Club a Big Hit

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Sunbury Cricket Club has scored a big hit with its new series of regular monthly Friday Music Nights, featuring high quality blues, rock and jazz artists. The next attraction is on Friday 30th September, when top R&B singer Paul Cox is appearing with emerging French blues star Charlie Fabert, along with Paul’s regular band.

The line-up is making a return appearance, having played a storming gig at the Club back in May, which ended with Paul and Charlie rocking on the tables - they enjoyed it so much, they asked to come back while Charlie is in the UK to do a blues festival on the Isle of Wight with Paul. This is a gig not to be missed, and it’s happening at Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury, TW16 5PS from 8.30,admission £5.

The non-profit making Club has already staged gigs from top bands like the 60s All Stars, Protect The Beat (one of the UK’s best jazz-funk outfits), Presenze, and most recently Blues Patrol. Future attractions include, on Friday 25th November, the great Texan blues guitarist Buddy Whittington, for fifteen years a fixture with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, with Sunbury-based Darby Todd on drums.

The Sunbury Cricket Club music nights are open to all, with the added attraction of competitive bar prices, and the Cub is keen to build a regular clientele for the events. For further information, or to be added to the mailing list, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spelthorne Council has published its response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework and this may be viewed by clicking here. The Local Planning Authority has, amongst other things commented upon contradictions within the text, lack of definition and clarity; and insufficient recognition of local planning strategies or community input . LOSRA has no hesitation in endorsing the Council's response so far as it goes. We are in the course of drafting LOSRA's response which will be posted on the Website in the coming week for comments by members. (See article of 20th September below).

If you have not yet seen the Government's draft, if may be viewed by clicking here.

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Draft National Planning Policy Framework - Petition to Save our Countryside In evidence to the Audit Committee, the UK Environmental Law Association said the proposals in the National Planning Policy Framework were so flawed that “the system may well stumble and fall before it can find its feet” It’s earnestly hoped they are right. A barrister in a Bristol law firm said "We don't think the way it's phrased at the moment is going to speed up or simplify anything.  It will just provide more fodder for argument". She agreed that it would be a financial benefit for lawyers adding "It will lead to more appeals, more inquiries, more legal challenges.  The problem lies in the vagueness of the definition of sustainable development".

LOSRA is in the course of preparing a response to the consultation before the closing date on 17th October. A draft will be posted on this Website for comments before submission.  In the meantime, please have a look at the email we received today and sign the petition if you agree:

Our English countryside is under threat again. The government is trying to rush through massive changes to the planning system, which would make it much easier to build on green field sites. We've just a few weeks to stop this happening.

Experts are lining up to condemn the government plans. The National Trust warns of "unchecked and damaging development". [1] Friends of the Earth predicts "a building free-for-all that will blight our countryside with bad building". [2]

A massive people-powered petition can make the government think again. It worked to stop England's forests being sold off. [3] It can work again to stop precious countryside being wrecked by bulldozers and concrete.

Please add your name now, then forward this message to all your friends:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-countryside

The English countryside is something we all enjoy. It's far too precious to build on willy-nilly. Once our green fields are gone, they're gone forever.

If we work together, we can stand up for a balanced, careful approach to deciding what to build and where to build it. We can protect local communities' right to have their say, make sure social housing is built where it's needed and protect wildlife and beautiful, tranquil places.

Having to act fast to stop an urgent threat to our countryside feels eerily familiar doesn't it! It's only a few months since half a million of us came together to stop plans to sell off England's forests. It worked that time - now let's come together again to stop this new threat to our beautiful green places.

Take two minutes now to add your name to the petition:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-countryside

Thanks for being involved,

David, Hannah, Johnny, Marie, Cian, Becky and the 38 Degrees team

PS: The government "consultation" ends in October. They say that after that they want to press ahead quickly. So we've got just a few weeks to make this petition huge. Please add your name now, then forward this e-mail to all your friends and ask them to sign too:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-countryside

Friday, 16 September 2011 08:30

Smoke Nuisance in Sunbury but Where is it?

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Smoke Nuisance in SunburyA distressed member at the end of her tether has got in touch with LOSRA.  Apparently a resident or business in the Batavia Road/Claremont area is burning waste through the night.  She is amongst a number of residents who's comfort and sleep is regularly disturbed by the smoke being emitted from premises, the location of which and despite local enquiries, remains a mystery. A letter drop in the affected roads and in The Avenue has not produced any results and one resident is even considering moving from the area.  Others with health problems are also vulnerable.

If you are aware of the premises or owner please bring this email to his/her attention.  LOSRA would be happy to put both parties in touch with one another to attempt a resolution to the problem. Any information may be left with us through the Contact LOSRA menu option.

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Last Tango in WhitbyShepperton Players present  Last Tango in Whitby, by Mike Harding (directed by Marion Millinger).

Mike Harding's comedy follows a group of dancing friends on their holiday by coach to Whitby. The group are 'golden-agers' but far from past it, and holiday romance is in the air. Well-observed characters and a witty script promise lots of laughs (especially on "Talent Night") and some pathos beneath the mirth.

For those who remember tea dances in the church hall, this will be a riot of nostalgia.

The Last Tango will be bring laughter and tears - not in Whitby but in Lower Sunbury on October 6th-9th.

Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames St KT16 5QF.

Tickets available from the box office : 07505 206757

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:25

Sunbury Cricket Club Has a Successful Season

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Sunbury Cricket ClubSunbury Cricket Club have enjoyed another successful season in the top echelons of the Surrey Championship where all 4 Saturday XIs play in their respective Premier Divisions. The 1st XI came 2nd in a two horse race with Wimbledon who had the good fortune to play on days when the weather denied Sunbury the opportunity to start or finish matches when open skies allowed Wimbledon to play elsewhere.

The 2nd XI were 4th in their Division, just one point behind rivals Reigate Priory. The 3rd and 4th XIs both finished in a respectable 5th place. Strong performances by the Sunday Chieftains and Academy XIs, who fielded predominantly youth sides also reached more than respectable positions in the Thameside Surrey Cricket and Surrey Trust Leagues respectively. The Colts section also had runaway successes winning the Middlesex U15s title.

The season is not over yet with the final match scheduled for the 18th with plans for a late fixture on 25th September also being investigated.

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