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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.

Surrey and SITA concede over Eco Park incineratorFollowing Spelthorne Council’s application for Judicial Review, Surrey County Council and SITA Surrey Ltd have confirmed to the High Court that they will not build the disputed incinerator at the Eco Park at Charlton Lane.

In order to avoid further public expenditure on a costly Judicial Review, Spelthorne Council suggested that the County Council and SITA should give the Court a clear written statement that they would not implement that part of the permit which relates to the disputed gasifier.

Leader of the Council Robert Watts said: "This is an important concession which the Council has won from the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council and SITA. Despite all the explanations which the Environment Agency gave to us, we were still concerned for the safety of our residents. Our legal advice was clear that the permit would potentially allow pollution in excess of that which was legal under European Law. As a new permit is about to be negotiated for a new design of technology, it was important to make this point and stand up for the best interests of Spelthorne residents. We will be fully involved in the negotiation of any new permit to make sure that any new design does not have the same issues which have dogged this application and the failed incinerator at Dargavel in Scotland.”

SITA and the County Council have confirmed that they intend to apply for a variation to the existing permit to allow for a new design of incinerator. This application is expected shortly. The Borough Council will be consulted as part of the process and will be assessing the permit application to make sure it complies with European Law.

Readers of this Site will be aware that LOSRA, in conjunction with SATEP (Shepperton Against the Eco Park). has fought a long and hard battle against the installation of an incinerator of unproven technology in the centre of a populated area. We have together spent £8400 in legal fees and countless hours examining the hundreds of pages of technical specification so that we were able to challenge this project on sound scientific grounds; and to ask questions of SITA which were never satisfactorily answered.

We are very grateful for the support of the Planning Office and Legal Services Department of Spelthorne Borough Council without which the challenge to the Environment Agency permit would not have been affordable or even possible. It must however be emphasised that this success represents a 'round one' victory only and we await a further application by Surrey County Council.

To view the Judicial Review Position Statement, click here

To view the Planning and Permit Position, click here

Sunbury Cricket Club apologies for the late cancellation of the Good Old Boys gig (see article of 8th January) because of the snow. Fortunately, nearly everyone got the message in time.

The Jackie Lynton BandThe next Music Night is on Friday 8th February when the SCC welcomes The Jackie Lynton Band. Jackie is one of the larger-than-life characters of the British music scene, with a colourful career that goes back to the late '50s when he had a residency at the legendary 2is coffee bar in Soho, and was part of the equally legendary Larry Parnes package tours of the day. He had recording deals with Pye, EMI and Decca during the '60s and early'70s but the elusive big hit single never came, despite numerous releases, produced by the likes of Tony Hatch and Mark Wirtz, and featuring the top sessions players of the day - his version of The Beatles' "Little Child" includes a guitar solo by Jimmy Page, and was recently revived on Brian Matthew's "Sound Of The '60s" programme on Radio 2. In between times, he helped decorate John Lennon's Weybridge house!

The '70s saw him joining The Savoy Brown Blues Band, touring the USA with ZZ Top, and while there establishing a relationship with Colin Pattenden, a Sunbury resident who was touring with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and who now plays bass in Jackie's Band. He also hooked up with Status Quo, for whom he later wrote "Again And Again", and with whom he still occasionally guests during their tours. The '70s also saw him establish The Jackie Lynton Band, with an appearance on "The Old Grey Whistle Test" and at the Reading Festival, and which has been through a variety of incarnations over the years, but has been the vehicle for the development of his highly individual stage act and a string of albums. Jackie is a marvellous raconteur and has written comedy scripts for the likes of Jim Davidson as well as appearing in bit parts on TV shows like "The Bill".

We are guaranteed a thoroughly entertaining evening of rock 'n' roll and lively banter with Jackie and his band, which as well as Colin Pattenden on bass, includes Adrian "Spud" Metcalfe, formerly with The Nashville Teens, on drums, and Mike Windus and Chris Bryant on guitars - Chris runs the renowned guitar shop "Chris Bryant Guitars" in London's Charing Cross Road, so knows a thing or two about the instrument! I do urge you to read the extensive biog under "Who?" on Jackie's web site at www.jackielynton.com - it's very entertaining, and there's some 'live' video there as well. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th Feb.

Following the cancellation of the Good Old Boys, the gig has been re-arranged for Friday 22nd February - it's appreciated that it's a half-term weekend for some people, so apologies if you can't make it - but the band were keen to get it back in the book as soon as possible, and SCC were also keen not to lose an event from the calendar while trying to maximise bar takings before the end of the financial year at the end of March, since, as you can imagine, the terrible weather during the summer meant that a lot of cricket matches were lost, which, like all cricket clubs, has affected their turnover significantly, so your support for the Music Nights is very important to the Club and much appreciated.

Gravel & Sand Extraction, Watersplash Farm - Application Lodged with Surrey CCFurther to the notice published on this Site on 16th November 2012 in which, as statutory consultees, Spelthorne Council invited comments, a similar invitation to residents is now being made by Surrey County Council.

For ease of reference, CEMEX UK Operations Limited has applied to Surrey County Council for planning permission to extract concreting aggregate from land at Watersplash Farm together with the erection of processing plant and associated mineral infrastructure; the provision of a new access from the Gaston Bridge Road/Green Street roundabout; and eventual restoration involving the importation of inert restoration materials to agriculture, flood meadows, lake and reed beds with public access on a a site of 28 hectares; and temporary diversion of public footpath 53 for the duration of operations. The application is accompanied by an environmental statement.

Copies of the application, plans, the environmental statement and other documents submitted with the application can be inspected at the Planning Service, Spelthorne Borough Council Offices during office hours.

Representations about this application should be sent in writing to Alan Stones, Planning Development Control Team Manager (ref:SP12/01487), Planning Development Group, Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DY or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date is 13th February.

Girls, You Too Can Get Involved in the Beautiful GameFootball is the nation's No.1 female team participation sport and currently has 1.38m women and girls up and down the country playing the game regularly.

Sport England’s Active People survey in 2011 highlighted that 275,300 adult women play some form of football in England. This demonstrates that women's football is now the third largest team sport behind only men's football and men's cricket. Indeed, FIFA has recently confirmed that there are 29m females playing football across the world.

It's vital that young girls are introduced to football from a young age if they hope to succeed in the adult game, or, if only for the enjoyment of it and for the fitness benefits that the game confers.

Here in Sunbury we are very lucky to have the Kempton Girls Football Club which is offering mini football to 5 - 11 year old girls on Saturday mornings. To see the flier, click here

 Police College Site, Green Street - 28 Homes Plan ConfirmedLOSRA has today seen documentary proof that Linden Homes will now be proceeding with the development of 28 homes on the Police College Site in Green Street.

Readers will remember that the developers successfully appealed against a decision to refuse the development of 44 units but have nevertheless decided to proceed with the lower density development. (see articles for 14/9/12; 27/9/12; 25/10/12 & 16/22/12).

This news comes as an enormous relief to us and to all our members who fought so hard against what we perceived to be an over-development of the site.

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