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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.

Dear All,

You have probably been following the News with increasing horror and dismay regarding civil unrest - not only across London, but also Birmingham, Bristol and many other towns and cities. Some of what has been happening is not too far from our borders so I write to update you on the present situation and to reassure you, as best I can, that the Council is working very closely with the Surrey Police with regards to this delicate issue.

I have set up regular daily updates with Sarah Greenhalgh of the Surrey Police as well as with our Emergency Planning Officer, Nick Moon, who is updating me on Surrey Resilience Forum news.

The Surrey Police “intelligence” is that it is ‘business as usual’ and should the situation change for whatever reason we will let you know. They are continuing to monitor Social Networks and have indicated that as only 2 of the police staff in the Spelthorne deployment have the appropriate qualifications/experience to be loaned to the Metropolitan Police, that in practice, our Community Policing presence will remain unaffected.

In terms of our organisational preparedness, I would urge Councillors and staff to remain calm, yet vigilant, and to report any untoward activity as soon as possible to the Surrey Police. Our Leisure Services staff will continue to provide Youth related leisure provision so that the UJAM music, dance and arts event planned for Staines this Thursday, 12 to 4pm will proceed as planned. Everyone Active (SLM) will continue with their summer programmes in both Sunbury and Spelthorne Leisure Centres; Building Control will be asked to pay extra attention to the security of building sites to ensure materials are stored with greater security. Our Street Scene staff are being asked to ensure that litter bins remain emptied to minimise the chance of being set alight and we will be paying particular attention to our street sweeping so as to clear any potential ammunition debris.

You will note that this is also copied to our colleagues in both the Elmsleigh Centre and the Two Rivers as well as our colleagues representing the business communities of Ashford, Sunbury, Sunbury Cross and Shepperton.

Again, the message is of calmness and business as usual, helped by our local Police who will be maintaining a visible presence.

Clearly, events could change quickly but I felt it appropriate for you to at least be aware of how we are taking-stock of the situation.

Kind regards.



Road RaceResidents planning to take a road trip on Sunday 14th August should be aware that The London-Surrey Cycle Classic Road Race is taking place in preparation for The Olympic Games.

The race will pass through southwest London and Surrey, starting and finishing in central London. Roads will be closed along the route and over 60 bus routes will be affected from very early in the morning until mid-afternoon.

Tube services in the area will run as normal but they may be busier than usual. If you intend to travel in the area, you are strongly advised to plan ahead. For more information please visit tfl.gov.uk/testevent

Sunbury Cricket ClubA day of exciting twenty/20 cricket is in prospect at Sunbury Cricket Club this Friday, 5th August.

Jimmy Adams, formerly Captain of the West Indies and one of the Clubs Vice Presidents will be playing for Sunbury CC. The guest teams are Stoics CC, Free Foresters CC and Ripley CC.

For more details visit the Club's website: http://www.sunburycricket.co.uk/

Monday, 01 August 2011 11:53

PC Caroline Barnes' Police Report

Recent concerns about the new skate park in Green Street are covered in PC Caroline Barnes' police report for the month of July. To read, click here

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/

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