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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 2021 are now payable.

The following Press Release from the Council has been received by LOSRA and we reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Borough Council has announced that it will be setting aside a special defence fund of £900,000 to enable it to challenge applications from developers wanting to build in the Green Belt.

The Council has always been fiercely protective of the Borough’s Green Belt and is known for taking a stance against aggressive developers looking to build on green spaces. As the planning process currently stands, whilst Spelthorne rules on Planning applications and can refuse those which affect the Green Belt, developers can appeal to the Planning Inspector. Fighting these appeals is not only lengthy, they can also be very expensive.

Thanks to the success of the Council’s investment strategy over the last four years, Spelthorne Borough Council is now in a stronger financial position and has generated a significant budget surplus which has enabled this defence fund to be established.

Leader of the Council, for the past four years, Cllr Ian Harvey said; “Pressing demands on our local authority budgets could lead to the question, where should parks and green spaces stand in the pecking order of priorities for this authority? We recognise how much green spaces contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community and the Council is determined to do everything it can to preserve parks and highly performing green belt areas open for future generations. Whilst we can’t stop developers from submitting applications, this fund will enable us to obtain the necessary advice and expertise to fight our case and give us the best chance of protecting our Green Belt for the future generations”.

You can view and respond to a planning applications on our Council Portal; here

To be emailed directly on any applications in your area, sign up to My Alerts here

Louise King

PR & Communications Officer

Born in 1975 in Milan, Tommaso started playing the saxophone and studying music at the age of 18. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1994 where he graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire with a Bmus first class honours and later at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a Postgraduate Degree in jazz studies in the year 2000.

He has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen, Jonathan Gee, Paolo Pellegatti, Gianni Giudici. In the year 2004 he collaborated with award winning oscar film composer Dario Marianelli ('Pride and Prejudice' and  'The Atonement') recording music for 'This Little Life', a BBC drama for Channel Four.

In 2008 Tommaso was awarded with an Honorary Membership by Birmingham Conservatoire given to him for his significant contributions made across the years within the various branches of the music profession.

He will be joined by the Terence Collie Trio at the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday, 8th March at 7.45pm.

For full details, click here

Monday, 24 February 2020 10:04

LOSRA Spring 2020 Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is currently at the printers and will shortly be distributed to all households in the Lower Sunbury area.

We face challenging times ahead and foremost of our concerns relate to the revision of the Local Plan and the possible cost implications of instructing counsel. It is for this reason, now that we are three months into our membership year, that we urge you to take this opportunity to join or renew your membership if you have not already done so. You can do this via the Home Page of the website or by completing the tear-off slip at the bottom of the newsletter by printing it off or on delivery of your hard copy.

Needless to say, donations are also welcome! All Committee members give their time completely free of any charge so you can be sure that all monies received will be spent in pursuing the aims and objectives of our Association including the protection of our Green Belt.

Click here to read the Spring Newsletter

Monday, 17 February 2020 09:31

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition

The following notice has been published by Spelthorne Borough Council and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne is a hub of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with residents, keen to carve their own niche in the business world, creating many small companies each year.

Celebrating this wealth of talent and creativity in Spelthorne is Kwasi Kwarteng MP, who is pleased to announce that his initiative to inspire and support Spelthorne residents in starting their own business will officially open again for entries in February 2020.

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council will open for entries for the seventh year. This is an opportunity for another Spelthorne resident to be given the chance to make their dream a reality and launch their business. The winner will receive a prize of £3,500 plus mentoring support from local experts to launch their business.

The application process is a simple entry form and then the six best entries will be asked to present their business idea to panel of expert judges at a Dragons Den style final hosted at BP on 11 June 2020.

Each finalist will be given training to perfect their pitch and prepare for the final.

Entries are welcome from individuals or teams of up to four people with at least one being a resident of the Borough. To enter visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/businesscomp or search @Spelthorne Business Plan Competition on Facebook. The competition is open to Spelthorne residents aged 16 and over.

Applications must be received by Sunday 12 April 2020.

If you would like more information or need help with the application process please email Tracey Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:45

Skeleton Crew Come to SCC on Friday 7th January

The next Music Night falls on Friday 7th February when Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes back SKELETON CREW, whose last two Cricket Club shows have been at their first two Beer Festivals, and it’s a while since they did their last Friday night gig, so it’s great to have them back.

They are led by Paul King, on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and squeezebox, an original member of Mungo Jerry, who was voted the Evening Standard pub entertainer of the year several years in a row, and was a founder member of the King Earl Boogie Band.

With him on bass is Colin Pattenden, original member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in their hit-making days, and now also with Jackie Lynton and the Nashville Teens, plus Chris Bryant on guitar, along with their young drummer/percussionist and cajon player Amber Hough.

Also appearing will be various volunteers wielding the zob sticks! It will be a rollicking evening featuring their distinctive brand of jug band music, blues, skiffle and rock. There’s more info paulking.info/music/

Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. He got a scholarship from Trinity College of Music where he took a Postgraduate Certificate of Performance in the Saxophone.

Julian writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet, plays in a number of jazz big Bands, in a vocal/cello and guitar trio called Perhaps Trio and in a world music trio called Vertigo with Tabla/Percussion, Oud/Guitar and Soprano Saxophone. He tours constantly throughout Europe.

He will be appearing with the Terence Collie Trio at the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday 2nd February at 7.45pm.

For booking details, click here

 

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