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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.

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Sunbury Library Coffee Morning on the first Friday of each month

Organised by The Friends of Sunbury Library but all invited. Coffee and cake for 25p at Sunbury Library.

The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middx, TW16 7AB

The next one is on Friday 2 September, and then 7 October, 4 November & 2 December!

The next Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society Photo Exhibition at Sunbury Library on Saturday 12 November

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Advertising Standards AuthoritySome months ago the Advertising Standards Authority was asked to look at the Contractor's Claims regarding the 'Eco Park' incinerator at Charlton Lane. As will be seen from the attached link, only one of the five complaints was upheld: http://www.asa.org.uk/ASA-action/Adjudications/2011/5/SITA-UK-Ltd/TF_ADJ_50367.aspx

Since then, the findings of the ASA were appealed to The Independent Reviewer of ASA Adjudications, Sir Hayden Phillips and in a letter dated 25th August he wrote the following:

"As promised in my letter of 14 June 2011 I am now writing to let you know my conclusion on the request set out in your email to me of 13 June 2011 and in the light of the statement of case which you enclosed. I believe there are grounds for my taking the matter further. In due course, after I have completed some further work, I shall bring the case back to the ASA Council.

The next step is that I must give the advertiser the opportunity of commenting on your statement of case. Having considered any such comments, I will then invite the Council to decide whether or not to retain unchanged its published adjudication in this case. The Council will have before your email of 13 June and its enclosure. The Council will also have a recommendation from me as to the decision I consider it should make, but it is in no way bound by that recommendation. The Council’s ruling following its reconsideration is final. I will, of course, write to tell you of that ruling as soon as I know what it is.

I know you will understand that my decision does not necessarily imply that the Council will change its original verdict or any other aspect of the adjudication. It indicates simply that, having reviewed the ASA file in the light of your request and of the arguments you have put to me, I am satisfied that the Council should be given the opportunity to reconsider its adjudication.

Yours sincerely

Hayden Phillips*

(Sir Hayden Phillips GCB DL)"

LOSRA has been informally advised that requests for reconsideration of adjudications by the Independent Reviewer are unusual.

*Sir Hayden Phillips GCB DL is Chairman of the National Theatre, Independent Reviewer of the Adjudications of the ASA, a non-Executive Director of a number of companies and Chairman of Marlborough College. He was Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's Department from 1998 to 2004, and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport from 1992 to 1998. Before that he held senior positions in the Home Office, the European Commission, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury. He became an Hon Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1998. He lives in Wiltshire (where he and his wife have a farm) and in London. Most recently known for his enquiry into political party funding and campaigning.

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Caroline Barnes has sent her police report for the month of August. The Skate Park at the top of Green Street is proving to be a welcome diversion for many of our local youngsters but there will always be those who spoil it for the majority. An unauthorised vehicle was seized by police after a warning had been ignored.

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As reported in our article on 28th July, residents may wish to watch the Parliamentary debate called by our local MP Kwasi Kwarteng on 5th September. LOSRA has been in correspondence with Mr Kwarteng to assist him in his speech to the House. All legal submissions from ourselves and Spelthorne Borough Council have also been forwarded to him.

The debate will be followed quite swiftly by a Secretary of State's decision on the 'Eco Park' application which he has 'called in' for his consideration. He may choose to refuse it; to call it in for his own determination (i.e. authorise a public inquiry); or allow it. Naturally, we earnestly hope that he will not decide on the third option!

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Dear All,

You have probably been following the News with increasing horror and dismay regarding civil unrest - not only across London, but also Birmingham, Bristol and many other towns and cities. Some of what has been happening is not too far from our borders so I write to update you on the present situation and to reassure you, as best I can, that the Council is working very closely with the Surrey Police with regards to this delicate issue.

I have set up regular daily updates with Sarah Greenhalgh of the Surrey Police as well as with our Emergency Planning Officer, Nick Moon, who is updating me on Surrey Resilience Forum news.

The Surrey Police “intelligence” is that it is ‘business as usual’ and should the situation change for whatever reason we will let you know. They are continuing to monitor Social Networks and have indicated that as only 2 of the police staff in the Spelthorne deployment have the appropriate qualifications/experience to be loaned to the Metropolitan Police, that in practice, our Community Policing presence will remain unaffected.

In terms of our organisational preparedness, I would urge Councillors and staff to remain calm, yet vigilant, and to report any untoward activity as soon as possible to the Surrey Police. Our Leisure Services staff will continue to provide Youth related leisure provision so that the UJAM music, dance and arts event planned for Staines this Thursday, 12 to 4pm will proceed as planned. Everyone Active (SLM) will continue with their summer programmes in both Sunbury and Spelthorne Leisure Centres; Building Control will be asked to pay extra attention to the security of building sites to ensure materials are stored with greater security. Our Street Scene staff are being asked to ensure that litter bins remain emptied to minimise the chance of being set alight and we will be paying particular attention to our street sweeping so as to clear any potential ammunition debris.

You will note that this is also copied to our colleagues in both the Elmsleigh Centre and the Two Rivers as well as our colleagues representing the business communities of Ashford, Sunbury, Sunbury Cross and Shepperton.

Again, the message is of calmness and business as usual, helped by our local Police who will be maintaining a visible presence.

Clearly, events could change quickly but I felt it appropriate for you to at least be aware of how we are taking-stock of the situation.

Kind regards.

 

Roberto

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Road RaceResidents planning to take a road trip on Sunday 14th August should be aware that The London-Surrey Cycle Classic Road Race is taking place in preparation for The Olympic Games.

The race will pass through southwest London and Surrey, starting and finishing in central London. Roads will be closed along the route and over 60 bus routes will be affected from very early in the morning until mid-afternoon.

Tube services in the area will run as normal but they may be busier than usual. If you intend to travel in the area, you are strongly advised to plan ahead. For more information please visit tfl.gov.uk/testevent

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