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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
  • View Our Newletters

    View Our Newletters

    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.

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Police CollegeThe Police College which has been vacant and boarded up since October last year has finally been listed for sale in the Estates Gazette by Knight Frank. The Head of Planning Policy for Spelthorne Borough has met the Met Police and their agents to explain what the planning issues are in relation to the site and has emphasised the high quality that would be required in any development. The marketing is making it clear that its residential potential would indicate the most appropriate future use of the site.

It is understood that the Met Police are looking to sell the freehold and it is expected that any sale will take place over the coming months. Assuming that the site is bought for redevelopment rather than using the building as it is, we should expect the future owners to bring forward proposals to the Local Planning Authority from late summer/autumn onwards.

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Following the success of the first farmers market last month, the organisers will be bringing the Market back to Sunbury Cross again on Monday 14th May and 18th June. If it continues to be a success we can expect the Market to become a regular feature of the shopping calendar.

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Fire and WaterFriday 13th May - FIRE AND WATER
An evening of classic rock, with the music of Free, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and more, featuring Paul Cox and Mike Summerland. Full info at www.note-music.co.uk/15.FireandWater/fireandwater.html

Admission £4.00 on the door. Promoted in association with Stayin' Alive Rock Events (www.stayin-alive.org.uk)

Friday 27th May - PROTECT THE BEAT
An evening of the very best contemporary jazz funk. This is a must-see band, featuring Derek Nash (Jools Holland), Winston Blissett (Massive Attack), Tim Cansfield (Stevie Winwood, Annie Lennox), Arden Hart (Massive Attack, Bootsy Collins) and star local drummer Darby Todd. Full info at www.protectthebeat.com.

Admission: £10.00 on the door. Promoted in association with Brett Todd

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Twirltour Travel, our loyal sponsors and supporters would like to invite Lower Sunbury Residents to a very special fundraising event with Bill Wyman on Sunday 8th May in aid of their charity 'Their Future Today'. This looks like an event not to be missed! To find out more click here: www.theirfuturetoday.com or for further information call 07960752289.

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We need to draw to your attention an issue relating to the forthcoming local elections. We were very surprised to see in the election literature circulated by the Conservatives in the Sunbury East ward a claim that candidate Adam Shire “most recently published an article in the December 2010 Lower Sunbury Residents Association newsletter”.

As you know, LOSRA is an apolitical organisation – our constitution sets this out very clearly. We have never provided a platform for political parties, and no article by Mr. Shire has appeared in a LOSRA newsletter. We wrote to Mr. Shire asking for an explanation, since we felt that it was potentially damaging to our reputation if residents felt that our impartiality had been compromised, and pointed out that, contrary to advice in the official “Guidance for Candidates” publication, he had not sought our permission before using LOSRA’s name in the leaflet.

More to the point we were concerned that, given LOSRA’s reputation and profile in the area, there was a possibility that some residents might be persuaded to vote for a candidate who appeared to enjoy some kind of special relationship with LOSRA, and that the election process might be compromised. We put this to Spelthorne’s Chief Executive, Roberto Tambini, who immediately consulted the Electoral Commission, who advised that there was no action that the authority could or should take. We are grateful to Mr. Tambini for researching the matter so speedily.

We have now, a week after the original complaint, received an apology from Mr. Shire for using our name without permission, although no explanation of the original statement has been offered. We had asked Mr. Shire to take steps to inform the electorate that the statement in the election leaflet was inaccurate, but have received no assurances in this regard. We therefore felt that, given the shortness of time before the election, we should let as many people as possible know the facts of this matter via our web site and e-bulletin.

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Charity cricket matchMayor of Spelthorne's XI v Mayor of Haringey's XI - In Aid of Charity - Sunbury Cricket Club Monday 2nd May at 1:00pm

The match will take place in support of the Mayor of Spelthorne's charities, Daybreak Respite Care, Staines Brass Band and Midas Plus which supports charities throughout Spelthorne.

The Mayor of Haringey's XI will be accompanied by a steel band.

The 25 over match will start at 1:00pm. The Mayor of Spelthorne's XI will be captained by Sunbury CC's U17 Player, Matt Nichols.

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