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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.

Eco ParkFurther to the article published on this Site on 4th July, Solicitors were instructed by LOSRA to write to the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government to refuse the application for the Eco Park development; or to call it in for his determination.

In this we have been jointly funded and supported by the Charlton Village Residents Association (CVRA)and Shepperton Against The Eco Park (SATEP).

The letter offers robust grounds for the SoS's refusal and readers are invited to view the (emailed) copy of this letter click here.

On our instructions the Solicitors have also written to the Head of Legal Services at Surrey County Council. To view this letter, click here.

Readers may already be aware that our local MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, has secured a debate in Parliament on the Eco Park. He has tabled an adjournment debate on Monday 5th September in the House of Commons which should last about half an hour. Kwasi will make a speech on the subject to which Eric Pickles or a junior minister from Dept. Communities and Local Government will respond.

All is by no means lost.

Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:47

Sunbury Regatta & River Day

Sunbury RegattaLocal residents in Spelthorne are invited to come down to the River Thames on Saturday 13 August to enjoy the 12th annual River Day and Sunbury Regatta.

The Mayor's flotilla will depart from the Thames Lodge Hotel at 9.30 that morning, and travel through the four locks of Penton Hook, Chertsey, Shepperton and Sunbury to arrive at Rivermead Island to join the Sunbury Regatta at about 1.30pm.

The Mayor, Cllr Sam Budd, will be rowed in a Henry V111 style shallop called the Jubilant, which was built by Mark Edwards in Kingston. Mark will be cox on River Day, and the crew will include the Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng, and former Mayors including Andrew Hirst, Husseini Jaffer and Malcolm Royer, together with Paul Stubbs, son of former Mayor, and Nick Wood-Dow, husband of former Mayor Judith.

At the regatta, the Mayor's crew and the other boats in the flotilla will join in a special pre-Olympic event from 1.30 until 3pm, which is an Edwardian re-enactment of a regatta held in 1901. The participants will be dressed in Edwardian costume, and will recreate a typical event of some 110 years ago.

This re-enactment is part of the Surrey Heritage Sporting Life programme, and the Cultural Olympiad events in the run-up to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

The participants hope for good crowds on the riverbank, at the four locks, and at the Sunbury Regatta for the pre-Olympic re-enactment event. for more information click: http://www.sunburyregatta.com/

Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:44

London Irish Appeal - Progress of Inquiry

London IrishLOSRA has received formal notification that, following the conclusion of the Public Inquiry, the Inspector is now in the course of preparing his report and recommendation(s) to the Secretary of State for his consideration.

The Inspector expects to have completed his submission by 28th September. The Secretary of State will issue his decision on or before 30th November 2011.

Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:40

Spelthorne Borough Council Polling Review

The following email has been received by LOSRA. If you wish to make a representation please do so direct by clicking on the link below:

Spelthorne Borough Council is undertaking a review of its polling districts, polling places and polling stations. The review requires the Council to ensure all electors in the Spelthorne Constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable and have regard to the accessibility needs of those with various forms of disability.

Representations and comments are invited from elected persons, local political parties and electors, persons or organisations with particular expertise in relation to access to premises for people with different form of disability and local community groups. In the event that you do not think an existing polling place/station meets the needs of its electors, it would be helpful if an alternative venue could be suggested.

All information concerning the review and proposals is on the website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk and also available in hardcopy at libraries throughout the Borough. Forms for comments/suggestions/alternatives are provided on the web or can be obtained from this office.

Representation should be made in writing to the Electoral Registration Officer, Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines, TW18 1XB or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 August 2011. All representations received will be given due consideration and made available for public inspection.

If you should require any information or a hardcopy of the Review, please let me know and details will be forwarded by return.

Yours sincerely

Jayne McEwan, Electoral Services

Walled GardenOur Walled Garden is one of the Best in the Country and that's official. Today, the Walled Garden will receive the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well maintained and well managed, with excellent facilities. A high quality green space in the Village, the historic Walled garden in Sunbury Park was most probably built in the early part of the 18th Century for the large mansion built on the site for Sir Roger Hudson; and there is a drawing in Colin Campbell's 'Vitruvius Britannicus' showing the housing in Sunbury Park in 1714.

Walled gardens were a particular feature of the larger Georgian and Victorian Houses and were used for the growing of high quality fruit and vegetables for the wealthy owner of the house; and typically would have included a specialist range of greenhouses for the growing of peaches and grapes. The Sunbury example is particularly fine, covering as it does some two acres with the original walls, in many places being eight to ten feet high. The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and Green Space. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the Consortium manages the Scheme in England on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG).

All award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People's Choice Award. The award is voted for by the public, so if you want to see your local park receive a national accolade as the people's choice, then vist the Green Flag Award website now to register your vote: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/GreenFlag/Awards/GreenFlag/Default.aspx

Thames21'Thames 21' a Registered Charity is appealing for volunteers to help in a clean-up operation at Sunbury Lock Island. 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 on Sunday 17th July. Click here to view the poster.

Volunteers are asked to report to the footbridge ahead of the lock at 10.45am. Old clothes recommended but all necessary equipment will be provided. For more details, go to http://thames21utp.tumblr.com/

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