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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 2024 are now payable.

Those residents who attended the packed public Eco Park meeting held on 13th June at Spelthorne's Council Chamber will remember an evening of frustration and high drama with many legitimate questions left unanswered. Cllr Furey, Cabinet member of Surrey County Council and the Eco Park's sponsor, has asked that the minutes of that meeting be circulated. To view, click here

Residents are reminded that the Eco Park proposal (as amended) will be put before the SCC Cabinet at its next meeting on Tuesday 23rd July, 2pm at County Hall, Kingston. This is a meeting to which the public are permitted to attend.

Residents are reminded that the Eco Park proposal (as amended) will be put before the SCC Cabinet at its next meeting on Tuesday 23rd July, 2pm at County Hall, Kingston

With apologies to Terrence Nowicki Jr.

Monday, 22 July 2013 07:49

Learn to Play Squash for Free

Learn to Play Squash for FreeSpelthorne Council in partnership with Surrey Squash is running a beginners squash course during the summer holidays.

The beginner course is open to young people aged 14 – 25 and is being held at Spelthorne Leisure Centre from Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August from 1.45 – 3.15pm each day.

Cllr Penny Forbes-Forsyth, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Young People and Leisure said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to try a new free sport and to be active over the summer holidays. We are fortunate to have been awarded Sportivate funding to enable us to offer the sessions free of charge.”

To book your place or for further information please contact Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further to earlier reports on this site (23/5/12, 10/7/12, 1/8/12, & 20/2/13), LOSRA was dismayed last week to learn that Elmbridge Borough Council intend to proceed with plans for a Sports Stadium Complex at Waterside Drive next to the Xcel Leisure Centre on the bank of the river near the weir. Elmbridge Borough Council has been consulting their residents about plans to develop the current playing fields on Stompond Lane, further into the borough, where Walton Athletics Club and Walton & Hersham Football Club are currently based. This development of the Stompond Lane ground, filling it with houses, will be used as a means of funding the stadium at Waterside Drive.

Consultation responses from Walton & Hersham Football Club made it clear that they would prefer to stay at Stompond Lane - even in older, less well-maintained facilities - rather than move to Waterside Drive. Comments were also invited from local residents, and this showed that a vast majority – 88 per cent - of consultation responses objected outright to the Stompond Lane development, with only 12 per cent favouring the concentration of sports facilities at Waterside Drive.

Despite what might appear to be a clear mandate not to develop Stompond Lane, the Elmbridge Council Cabinet approved the appointment of Willmot Dixon to investigate the contaminated land at Waterside Drive. So it’s little surprise that Sunbury residents didn’t get a consultation, when Elmbridge has so little regard for what their own voters think.

Elmbridge has also brushed aside various covenants on the Stompond Lane ground, including one stipulating that it should only be used for sports and recreation. LOSRA Committee members observed that Elmbridge would have to disclose these covenants when they offer the land for sale which would deter developers and devalue the land.

Photo illustrates potential light pollution affecting Thames stretch of Lower Sunbury

(Photo illustrates potential light pollution affecting Thames stretch of Lower Sunbury)

Further to the article posted on the 2nd July, we have now been in touch with the Agent for the developers, who have plans to develop the former tennis courts near The Ridings. They plan to build 14 homes, but apart from that we know little further. We cannot really do much until they come back to us with an outline plan, but if you do have any concerns about that site which we can pass on to them when we do eventually meet them, please convey them to us through the 'Contact LOSRA' menu on the home page of the website.

We would be pleased to assist any local group of residents should they wish to make representations during the consultation process.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:51

Latest Trading Standards Alert

Airport car parking scams, fake websites and dodgy trading in second hand cars are amongst the latest news items to be featured in this Trading Standards Alert. To view, click here

Residents who were unable to attend the Police Panel meeting held on 2nd July may like to note that PC Alex Savage has taken over from Sophie Knight as our new Neighbourhood Safety Officer.

It would seem that the Skate Park at the top of Green Street continues to be a cause for concern. For full notes of the meeting, click here

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