• Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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    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 2022 are now payable.

Monday, 19 October 2020 08:06

Finding A Trading Standards Approved Trader

LOSRA received the following information from Surrey Trading Standards:

Are you looking for a reputable trader? Traders4u.co.uk offers a list of local businesses who have each given a commitment to trading fairly. Each business has been vetted by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards before being approved as a member of the scheme.

From roofers to range cookers, Traders4u is open to any type of business. Our aim is to help you to choose who you do business with by helping you to find reputable local businesses before parting with your money. The scheme forms one element of our strategy to reduce the number of local residents who are scammed or targeted by rogue traders. We hope that by supporting businesses who are committed to providing great customer service and operating legally, we will help to reduce the business opportunities for less reputable traders.

Top tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money:

• Be sceptical, don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door

• Take your time, don't be rushed

• Know who you're dealing with, if you need help talk to someone you know or get in touch with trading standards

• If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as gov.uk or NHS.uk

• Be aware of advice online - only seek medical advice from qualified doctors

• Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know and particularly in light of the recent government announcement

• Do NOT give money, your bank card or PIN to a stranger

• Never engage with someone or let anyone you're not expecting or don't recognise, into your home, unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.

Now, more than ever, it's important to protect ourselves and others against scams, be aware, know who to trust and remember that not everyone out there is trustworthy.

To find a local business that has been vetted, please see https://trusted.traders4u.co.uk/find-a-business

Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:58

Temporary Pavement Licences

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses across the country causing many to cease trading for several months while others have had to significantly modify their operations.

As the economy started to re-open, new provisions were introduced under the Business and Planning Act 2020 which came into force on 22 July to allow a range of businesses in England to apply for a pavement licence to allow food and drink to be sold and consumed immediately outside their premises at tables.  

The Act introduces a simplified temporary fast-track process for registered food businesses to obtain permission, in the form of a 'pavement licence', from Spelthorne Council for furniture to be placed on the pavement, helping businesses to maximise their capacity whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Probably a bit late in the year but, if you want to find out more information and to apply for a pavement licence, you should visit:


Social distancing has made it impossible for the Open Meeting at Sunbury Health Centre scheduled for 20th October to go ahead and is therefore cancelled.

To see poster, click here

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 07:29

Chet Baker Tribute at the RAC on 11th October

Graeme Flowers will be joining with the Terence Collie trio on Sunday 11th October at the Riverside Arts Centre in a tribute to the great Chet Baker.

Graeme Flowers graduated from the London College of Music in 2000. The list of artists in which he has collaborated, recorded or with whom he has toured is enviable: The James Taylor Quartet, The Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield, Workshy, Dina Carroll, Kyle Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Shakira, Moloko, Duran Duran, James Morrison, Joey Negro, Brenda Russell, Just Jack, Hard-Fi, Jamie Cullum, Craig David, Tony Hadley, ABC, Go West, Charlotte Church, Lemar, Michael Bublé, Will Young, King Salsa, Rhian Benson, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Jools Holland, Cathy Dennis, Melanie C, Kelly Clarkson, Midge Ure, Jamelia, Mica Paris, Ronan Keating, The BBC Big Band, Cubana Bop, Manu Katché, Dominic Miller, Snowboy and Matt Bianco.

In addition, Graeme is a member of the Funk/Soul band Down To The Bone, Latin/Funk/Soul band Saravah Soul, Funk band Most Wanted, the freelance horn section The London Horns and the musical project Motimba.

For details of venue, date and times, click here for poster

Monday, 28 September 2020 07:24

Walled Garden Picks up Gold Award

This year saw virtual judging being held in the prestigious South & South East In-bloom Awards and the Council rose above competition from hundreds of entrants to pick up four gold awards.

Sunbury, Ashford and Staines Cemeteries all picked up gold awards in the same category. The ever-popular Sunbury Walled Garden also struck gold in the Small Park competition. This matches their successes from 2019.

The judges' comments read: "The Walled Garden is a valuable asset in training and developing horticulturists. The Council, staff and volunteers can rightly feel pleased and proud of their involvement, contribution to the management and maintenance of an outstanding walled garden. Congratulations and well done! You clearly deserve the Gold Award."

Monday, 21 September 2020 07:17

New CCTV camera for Orchard Meadow

The following is a very welcome Council press release dated 17th September:

As part of Spelthorne Borough Council’s continued drive to improve community safety, a new, modern CCTV camera has been installed at Orchard Meadow car park in Sunbury.

The camera will be monitored 24/7 along with cameras in Staines-upon-Thames town centre and elsewhere in the Borough.

The installation was arranged in response to concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the area. The Council will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and, where necessary, take action to help combat anti-social behaviour. We are also taking feedback from our Community Safety consultation earlier this year in order to formulate a strategy for the future.

Cllr Richard Barratt, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “We want to reassure residents that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Spelthorne. We hope that installing this modern CCTV camera will act as a deterrent as footage will be used to identify any perpetrators. All of us have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering because it. If you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour, contact your community safety team or call the non-emergency number, 101.”

If you wish to report fly tipping, graffiti, anti-social behaviour, noise pollution or dog fouling, please contact the Council direct.

If you have concerns about other forms of crime, please call police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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