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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.

Gravel ExtractionAt the Residents Associations' quarterly meeting with the Local Planning Authority on 23 January there was particular interest in hearing more about mineral extraction. The LPA offered to arrange a special meeting on the subject and the offer was widely supported by those present.

This special meeting will be held on Monday 27 February starting at 7.00pm and will be held at the Council Offices at Knowle Green. The meeting will not end later than 8.45pm but as always the LPA will be happy to stay on longer to talk informally with those who may have further questions. The evening will be in two parts with a slide presentation on the subject by John Brooks, Head of Planning Policy, followed by time for questions. As with all of the meetings with residents groups this will be an informal occasion with Council officers.

This meeting will be very timely as the Council is expecting two large mineral proposals to be submitted in the next few months – at Manor Farm between Laleham and Staines; and Watersplash Farm between Shepperton and Sunbury. In the coming few years there are also likely to be further proposals. Whilst planning application decisions on minerals and waste matters are taken by the County Council, the Borough Council is a statutory consultee and will always give its views. Such proposals always arouse concern and the LPA hopes to provide a good background on the subject for residents.

The following will give you an idea of what the LPA will try and cover:

  1. Need for gravel
  2. Why we have so much gravel working in Spelthorne
  3. What is currently being worked and where in the Borough
  4. Nature of modern extraction processes and restoration
  5. Aggregate recycling and disposal of construction waste
  6. Planning policies for minerals and construction waste
  7. Future proposals for gravel in Spelthorne
  8. What is Spelthorne Council’s approach to the issue?

In view of the likely wider interest in the subject the LPA plans to use the Council Chamber rather than the Committee Room. LOSRA is being invited to send 3 or 4 people. This is not a public meeting and we may exceed this number if necessary.

If you would like to attend, please use the Contact LOSRA menu button by Wednesday 22nd February and leave your details. We will operate on a "first come first served" basis.

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 17:07

Eco Park, Spelthorne Council Leader's Letter

Residents are reminded that the closing date for written representations to Surrey County Council closes on 24th February (See article of 16th January).

The Leader of the Council, Cllr. Vivienne Leighton, has written to residents and her letter is reproduced here.

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.

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