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    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means 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.

Thames 21It was only recently that the Registered Charity, Thames 21 extended its remit to include the non-tidal reaches of the Thames and will again be coming to Sunbury Lock Island on Saturday 18th February from 10am - 1pm. This location is a charming part of the Lower Sunbury riverscape and we are being asked to join a team to give it a clean-up.

Volunteers are needed to help with removing litter and managing the vegetation. It will also be a great opportunity to learn about the environment, spot wildlife and meet new people. Volunteers are asked to report to the footbridge ahead of the lock at 10am. Old clothes recommended but all necessary equipment will be provided. For more details, click here.

Monday, 06 February 2012 16:29

Planning a Jubilee Street Party?

Diamond JubileeThe following Press Release has been received by LOSRA:

Surrey’s leaders have vowed they will do all they can to help people throw street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, Cllr Vivienne Leighton said: “There is going to be a real buzz of excitement around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and I’m sure many Spelthorne residents will be planning to celebrate this historic event. We are committed to making it easy for residents to hold street parties and can offer support and advice to help ensure things go smoothly. Visit our website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/streetparties or contact us on 01784 451499.

Surrey County Council Leader, David Hodge said: “There were more than 200 street parties in Surrey for last year’s Royal wedding and we want people to come together again and show the sense of community spirit that makes the County such a wonderful place to live.

“I can’t think of a better way to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign than spending the day celebrating with neighbours or friends and I have asked our highways teams go out of their way to help make this happen.

“To help people turn party plans into reality we’ve made it simpler and quicker to apply for a road closure but of course there will be some cases where the potential effect on the emergency services means we have to ensure safety is not compromised.”

Applications for parties can be made to district and borough councils, who make the final decision. Surrey County Council is consulted on road closures. For more details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/diamondjubilee.

The Good Old BoysFor a mere £5 on the door, this will be a rousing evening of good time rock ‘n’ roll, bar room blues and rock from a star-studded line-up.

The band are: Nick Simper (bass), originally with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates back in the ‘60s – Nick survived the car crash in which Johnny was tragically killedin 1966. He was a founder member of Deep Purple, staying with them for their first two albums, then formed Vertigo label act Warhorse (formerly Marsha Hunt’s backing band), introducing Rick Wakeman to the world of rock. He formed Fandango in the late ‘70s and has also played over the years with acts as varied as Screaming Lord Sutch and The Flowerpot Men; Richard Hudson (drums) was an original member of hugely successful band The Strawbs, then left in 1973 to form Hudson Ford, who were equally high profile, and also made the 70s cult album “Bad Habits” with The Monks; Simon Bishop (guitar) was also in Hudson Ford and also played in one of the several incarnations of Renaissance; Pete Parks (guitar) was also with Warhorse in the early ‘70s, and with Nick in Fandango. Alan Barnett (vocals) was with the British band called Jo Jo Gunne (as opposed to the admittedly more high profile US hit band of the same name!).

It’s the kind of pedigree that underpins an effortless and well-honed show – highly entertaining. There’s a huge amount of interesting background at www.nicksimper.com.

Further to the article published on 20th January, a number of members have expressed their objections to the proposed development by Linden Homes and have formed the Police College Development Action Group (PCDAG) to oppose the plans as they currently stand. The density, layout and traffic management arrangements are chief amongst their concerns. If residents would like an electronic copy of the possible grounds for objection, which they may wish to incorporate into their own letter to Spelthorne Council, please contact PCDAG on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will send it by email.

Thursday, 02 February 2012 08:05

Lower Sunbury Policing Report for January 2012

PC Barnes highlights an increase in motor vehicle crime in Sunbury and gives crime prevention advice in her January policing report. Click here to view.

Surrey County CouncilWe are very grateful to all those readers who took the time to respond to our appeal (see report of 16th January). It was also feared that the application to develop the Eco Park would be approved by SCC officers without the matter again being considered by Planning and Regulatory Committee. We have always maintained that, in view of the material matters which have come to light since the application was referred to the Secretary of State, a further hearing was imperative, if only in the interests of democratic fair play.

The following paragraphs are an extract from an email received from County Cllr Marisa Heath, Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Committee:

"As it has now been confirmed that the application is to come back to the Planning and Regulatory Committee, I am not going to comment on the specific points you raise as that will jeopardise my position. However, they have been read and noted.

"Just to alleviate any concerns you may have over a lack of information on the process, it may interest you to know that a total of 1908 notification letters covering those who have previously expressed an interest in the application and to properties adjoining and in the locality of the site will be sent out in the next couple of days. A public notice will appear in the Surrey Herald on Thursday 2 February and notices will be placed on site. Our website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/ will be updated ready for publication on Wednesday and will have the documents referred to in the notification letter available for downloading. Please be assured that members of the public and interested parties will have access to all the information and will have the opportunity to put forward views to be considered by members of the Committee, some of which represent and live in the Spelthorne area."

It should be noted that you are being asked to submit (or re-submit) your representations. For the purposes of the P&R Committee the project is being treated as a fresh application, the last one having been heard before the Advertising Standards Authority published their damning final adjudication on the public consultation. (See also articles of 26th October, 7th & 22nd December). In making further representations you may wish to consider the following points which were reflected in the ASA judgement: 

The technology is not proven, as claimed by SITA. Shepperton would receive an untried, untested prototype gasification unit.

The reference sites that SITA claim are "operating successfully with emissions falling within predicted levels" has been ruled as misleading, unsubstantiated and also fail on environmental claims, as the quoted Dumfries site has suffered operational issues since inception and experiences emission breaches on an alarmingly regular basis.

LOSRA has just been notified that the Planning & Regulatory Committee will be re-hearing the application on 9th March at County Hall, Kingston at 10am.

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