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  • 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 2024 are now payable.

The following message to Residents' Associations has been received from Spelthorne Council Leader Cllr Frank Ayers. We are pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Council is presently asking for views on its emerging priorities. This consultation was launched at the Spelthorne Assembly and is available electronically on the Council’s website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/3516/Council-priorities-consultation

A pdf of the consultation is attached

It would be very helpful if you could pass on the questionnaire to your members for their views which we would value greatly. The deadline is 20 October.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Frank Ayers - Leader of the Council

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:10

BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards

The following email from BBC Surrey has been received by LOSRA and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

I am delighted to announce the return of the BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards.

BBC Surrey is the BBC local radio station broadcasting across Surrey, North East Hampshire and North Sussex on 104 and 104.6FM, also online. Now in its second year, we are once again searching for unsung heroes from the local community, whose efforts often go unrewarded. This is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the people who make our county such a great place to live or work in.

We have ten categories:

  1. YOUNG ACHIEVER - Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond their years.
  2. COURAGE - Awarded to someone who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of adversity.
  3. 999 - Presented to a member of the emergency services for commitment to their profession.
  4. SPORT - Awarded to someone who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or acting as a referee etc.
  5. GOOD NEIGHBOUR - Awarded to the person who goes out of their way to help their neighbours.
  6. FUNDRAISER - Someone who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause.
  7. VOLUNTEER - Awarded to a person who gives up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause.
  8. LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR - Recognising an individual or company's contribution to supporting the local business community.
  9. ANIMAL WELFARE - Someone who goes out of their way to care for animals.
  10. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - The one person from all nominations received who the judges feel worthy of special recognition.

There are two ways to make a nomination and it couldn’t be easier! Just tell us in no more than 250 words who you would like to nominate and why. Please include your name, address and contact number, then email your nomination to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, you can post your nomination to BBC Surrey, Broadcasting Centre, Guildford, GU2 7AP.

The deadline for suggestions is Midnight on Friday 2nd November 2012 and you can find all the terms and conditions on the BBC Surrey website: www.bbc.co.uk/surrey

All those who make the final shortlist will be invited along to a special awards ceremony in December and receive a certificate. The overall winner in each category will also receive a special trophy.

I really hope that you will be able to make a nomination in at least one of the categories.

Mark Carter - Assistant Managing Editor

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.

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