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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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    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 2023 are now payable.

The Volunteer ArmsCome and see photos of Sunbury from the extensive archives of the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society. Saturday 20th October between 10am and 4 o’clock.

There will be a display on the ground floor at Sunbury Library. Please bring your old photos and memories of Sunbury. Local history books will be on sale.

See the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society website: sslhs.org.uk

A series of roadshows asking residents for their views on Surrey's worst roads will run in the county this month.Residents will be able to put forward a road for possible inclusion in a proposed new road maintenance programme, designed to renew Surrey roads by resurfacing those in the worst condition.

For more details, click here

SEVEN DAYS OF SUNBURY - An Arts in Education ProjectFather Paul of St.Mary's Parish is pleased to announce the Seven Days of Sunbury, an Arts in Education Project.

The aim of the project is to unite seven Sunbury Schools (Chennestone, Hawkedale, Springfield, St Ignatius, Beauclerc, Bishop Wand and Sunbury Manor) to produce a stunning artwork entitled “Seven Days of Sunbury.”

Each School will be assigned a “Day of Creation” and will create their own artistic interpretation of the creation story incorporating aspects of life in Sunbury.

This unique artwork will consist of seven separate panels, framed by two Angel panels by Donagh Curwen. It will be on show in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 13th October, 2012 until 15th October between 10.00am and 4.00pm together with individual displays from each School expanding on their creation theme.

At the meeting of the Spelthorne Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, 19 September, the 28-unit plan for the Police College site was approved, with a rider attached.

The Police College Development Action Group (PCDAG) have been lobbying for this plan to be approved by the Council for several months. It is not a perfect plan but we think it is the best compromise available, because:

  1. It has a much lower density of housing than the previous, rejected, 44-unit plan, more in keeping with the surrounding residential area.
  2. It addresses the previous problem with the access point, by proposing a much more sensible exit and entrance onto Thames Street.
  3. There is far greater provision of on-site parking, thereby reducing the possible overspill into surrounding streets.
  4. It gives the developer financial viability.

There had been an earlier last-minute attempt by the Council to try and demand £1.1 million from Linden Homes in return for approval. This would have effectively scuppered the scheme, as it is most unlikely that Linden Homes would have agreed to pay such an inflated sum. The basis of this calculation was never explained.

Fortunately, Councillor Alfred Friday raised an amendment which will involve the Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Smith-Ainsley, and the Head of the Planning Office, Heather Morgan, negotiating with Linden Homes for the maximum possible S. 106 contribution in lieu of the lack of affordable homes in the plan. The negotiations have to be completed within three weeks.

We are now preparing for the Appeal of the 44-unit plan, which is running in parallel with the Application for the 28-unit plan. We had hoped that this Appeal would not have been necessary, but that opportunity appears now to have been lost.

Councillors Friday, Sandra Dunn, Tim Evans, Caroline Nichols, Daxa Patel and Suzy Webb, all from Lower Sunbury, have given residents solid support over the last ten months. We are very grateful to them, as we are to Councillor Chris Frazer and other Councillors from various wards within Spelthorne. It was however very disappointing that, apart from a very few faithful stalwarts, the public gallery was almost empty. This Website urged members to attend as did the e-bulletin; and it's reasonable to suppose (from informal feedback) that had the gallery been filled, the application may have been passed without the difficult condition being attached.

The MustangsBack again this week with what is also guaranteed to be another highly entertaining evening as we welcome The Mustangs once again. They continue to develop their reputation as one of the most in-demand bands on the blues circuit, appearing at many of the most important festivals all around the country as well as their regular club gigs.

They did the Strawberry Hill Music Day for the second year running in July, playing a great show to around 4,000 people, then played the Cambridge Rock Festival for the second year running in August, and since then have played at the Blues on the Farm festival in Sussex and at the revived Crawdaddy Club in Richmond - the week after their SCC gig they are back at the Swanage Blues Festival for the sixth consecutive time.

As those who have seen them before at the Club, they deliver a real high-energy show, playing almost all original material, and they have quite a few new songs in the set since the last gig as they are preparing a new album. Those who have seen them before will want to catch them again, and if you haven't seen them, you really should come along for this one.

You can get full information, read reviews, listen to all their music, and see some excellent videos, on their web site at www.themustangs.co.uk

Invitation to Flood Plan Workshop, Saturday 24th NovemberThe following emailed invitation has been received by LOSRA from Surrey County Council:

"In partnership with the Environment Agency and Runnymede BC, Surrey County Council is holding a community emergency flood plan workshop on Saturday 24th November 2012.
The workshop will be from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Runnymede Centre, Chertsey Rd., Addlestone KT15 2EP. Refreshments will be provided.

"The free workshop is specifically targeted at community groups who live in flood risk areas and are interested in developing their own local community flood plan. The workshop is open to community groups at risk of flooding from across Surrey.

"We will discuss the community emergency plan template and then go through a generic flooding scenario. We will look at the actions responders would take and what local communities can do to help themselves.

"There should also be representatives from Surrey Fire & Rescue Service and the National Flood Forum in attendance to support the delegates in developing their plans.
If a community group would like to attend, please book by contacting John Cooper (EA) before the end of September:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01276 454623"

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