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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 2021 are now payable.

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

Spelthorne Council is consulting from 1 August until 30 September on new powers to prevent unauthorised mooring. The proposal is to introduce a Public Space Protection Order for Moorings along the River Thames in Spelthorne.

A report to Cabinet in July 2019 (link below) identified the unreasonable and persistent nature of some mooring, without consent, which is having a detrimental effect on people living in the locality. Elmbridge and Runnymede Borough Councils are also consulting on a similar plan with a view to making a consistent Order for the River Thames in all three boroughs.

Cllr Richard Barratt, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Compliance, said: 

“With increased enforcement in Kingston and Richmond displacing boats into Surrey, the problem has grown, resulting in an increase in the number of complaints received in all three Surrey boroughs. Further displacement is anticipated in future years, as mooring areas and marinas within London are developed, which is why we need to act. The Thames is a great asset to us and we are determined to protect and enhance it for the benefit of residents of Spelthorne.”

Mooring enforcement in Spelthorne is carried out by the Joint Enforcement Team (JET) in Neighbourhood Services. The team has reported an increase in boats overstaying at moorings provided at its parks and open spaces, in particular those at Lady Lynsey’s Lawn, Kings Lawn and Shepperton Lock.  They have also noticed an increase in boats mooring in non-designated sites particularly along Thameside, Laleham and Flowerpot Green Sunbury. Both these sites are owned and managed by the Council.

In 2018, the team completed 58 periods of mooring enforcement and issued a total of 54 overstaying warning letters. In addition, they dealt with two boats at Staines Bridge by way of a Community Protection Warning Letter and subsequently a Community Protection Notice (CPN) due to anti-social behaviour comprising of fly-tipping, littering and using a chemical toilet in full view of the passing public. One of the boats moved after the warning letter, the second upon the issue of the CPN.

The team has also issued notices to six boats under the Refuse Amenity Act 1978 to abandoned or suspected abandoned vessels on Council run sites and this culminated in one vessel being removed and disposed of at expense to the Council. Other than moorings, the team receive weekly complaints from residents, park users and the Council Grounds Maintenance teams about the amount of rubbish being left at the mooring sites.

Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Chairman of the River Thames Task Group, said:

“Engaging with local riverside authorities is a key aspect of the Task Group’s remit which this proposal delivers. We will work in partnership with Elmbridge and Runnymede on this joint initiative to protect mooring sites. Each of the three Boroughs, while different in scale, has been facing an increase in anti-social behaviour associated with unauthorised moorings and this needs to be addressed for our residents.”

The consultation can be completed until 30 September 2019. A copy of the Report and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Council’s website.

Consultation: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/currentconsultations

FAQs: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/mooringsfaq

Report to Cabinet in July 2019: Item 2618


The Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair 2019 is taking place from 10am - 5pm on Thursday 19 September at Kempton Park Racecourse.

With over 50 of Spelthorne's leading employers and skills providers exhibiting and promoting live job vacancies, this will be a fantastic opportunity to look for your next role, learn about training opportunities and meet the wide range of employers based in the Borough.

A free bus service is running to Kempton, leaving Ashford Tesco at 10am, 12noon and 2pm and Staines Job Centre at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 2.15pm; returning from Kempton at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

This year's event is sponsored by Heathrow Airport, A2 Dominion Housing and Tricca. You will find them at the Skills Fair alongside a broad range of local businesses and education providers.

Entrance is free and further details can be found on the Council's website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/skillsfair

Cllr Olivia Rybinski, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: "This is an excellent free event which brings the Borough's top employers together under one roof. If you are looking for a career change or are just starting out, I recommend you come along and find out what's on offer."

Spelthorne Council has asked us publish this vacancy to our Association members:


Please note, all the above files are in Microsoft Word format.

The following notice has been received from the Council:

Entries for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards close on 31 August so there are just a few weeks to tell us what makes your business special. We have twelve categories so there's an award to suit every type and size of business.

The winners of 'Best Business in Spelthorne' at last year's awards told the Council that being involved with the Awards had been really beneficial. Viv Lambe from Brown Bag Crisps said: "We were so honoured to win the inaugural Spelthorne Means Business Awards and genuinely couldn't believe it. We had been shortlisted for 'Exporter of the Year' and to win overall business on top of that felt just unbelievable, and a culmination of 9 years' hard work. 

"Not only has the prestige of the awards been a great boost for us as a team, but it has opened up so many opportunities that we just didn't expect. It can feel quite lonely as a small business at times, but the awards introduced us to the wider Spelthorne business community, which is a wonderful network of people and groups. The support we have had has just been great and we urge anyone to enter these awards, not just for the opportunities and publicity it brings, but for all the amazing people you can meet."

Cllr Olivia Rybinski, Spelthorne Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: "So many of the businesses who entered last year have told us that being part of the Business Awards gave them great publicity, helped them to make new contacts, and provided an opportunity to recognise the hard work of their staff. We look forward to celebrating with the finalists and announcing the winners at the gala dinner at Shepperton Studios on 17 October."

Visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/SMBA by 31 August to enter your business for an award.

Award categories

  • Best new start up
  • Creative business of the year
  • Best small business
  • Healthy business award
  • Independent business of the year
  • Exporter of the year
  • Best corporate social responsibility business
  • Best business in Ashford and Stanwell
  • Best business in Shepperton and Charlton
  • Best business in Staines and Laleham
  • Best business in Staines BID area

Since 1877, the Sunbury Regatta has not only been a serious skiffing race event for local clubs, but also an annual calendar event for Surrey and the local community supporting the development of skills and enjoyment of the River Thames.

To achieve this the Regatta Committee runs this 2 day annual Regatta with 60 separate events on the water and onshore at Sunbury and provide grants to individuals and to other organisations focussed on promoting healthy recreation on the river Thames on a year round basis.

All profits from the The Regatta are put toward these charitable objectives and activities.

Thousands of families attend to watch 60 club skiffing and punting races as well as 40 local events such as ‘Row for your local’ and Dongola racing in fancy dress. 

Away from the river, the lawn on Rivermead Island provides family fun and events all day.

Food stalls from around the world, bar tents, live music through to face painting and tug-o-war provide entertainment through to dusk when the increasingly renowned fireworks displays entertains people for miles around.

The UK’s very best green spaces were announced on 16 July with Staines Cemetery and the Sunbury Walled Garden in Spelthorne receiving a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

They join a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world who have been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

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