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  • LOSRA's Aims

    LOSRA's Aims

    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
  • Sunbury As It Was

    Sunbury As It Was

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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.

Some will already have seen this notice from Surrey Police on Facebook. For those who haven't, it's reproduced here:
 
Unsure on how our Suspicious Activity Portal works?
 
It’s a portal we’ve launched to allow members of the public to send us smart doorbell or home CCTV footage which shows someone acting suspiciously. We launched this system early last year and we’ve already had a number of success stories in which we have been able to identify, arrest and charge individuals for various offences.
 
If you notice anything suspicious in your local area, please report it immediately through our portal. Even if you think it’s nothing, your footage can help us identify suspects in the long run. 
 
Access the portal here: http://spkl.io/61834vt3h

Spelthorne is consulting with residents about its proposals to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on the misuse of public land. The consultation will conclude on 31 January 2024, and you can respond online via: spelthorne.inconsult.uk/PSPOmisuseofland/consultationHome

This Council has been listening to residents' concerns and the overarching aims of this PSPO is to tackle issues and behaviours which are unacceptable and impact on our communities across the Borough. The PSPO proposal includes:

  • a ban on tents or similar structures being on public land to prevent littering and using the space as a toilet
  • ban any device for cooking e.g. barbeques, in any our parks and open because of the hazardous impact to our environment
  • an exclusion zone where taxis and private hire vehicles using residential areas will not be allowed to park for Heathrow to cover the entirety of Stanwell Moor, and parts of Stanwell worst affected

Currently, the Council has limited powers to deal with these issues. If a PSPO is in place the Joint Enforcement Team will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for non-compliance with repeat offenders risking prosecution. The team would have discretion and, for example, would signpost rough sleepers towards appropriate assistance.

Residents can read more details about the PSPO and respond online via: spelthorne.inconsult.uk/PSPOmisuseofland/consultationHome

Alternatively, you can email your comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk

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

Thank you to all of the individuals who have already shared the link to this year’s council tax survey from our Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend.

The survey is an important chance for local residents to share their views on the amount of council tax that they will pay in 2024/25 towards the Surrey Police budget that, together with a grant from central government, will fund the service they receive in Surrey from April.

There is still time for Surrey residents who have not yet had their say, to complete our survey by 30 January at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3BJ307/

If you haven’t done so already, we would greatly appreciate it if all local councillors could promote the survey using the above link to their constituents, so that we can maximise the number of local residents who are able to share their views. Every comment they leave is read by our team and will help to inform the priorities for Surrey Police during the year ahead.

The survey contains four questions and can be completed in five minutes. I have also attached a copy of the survey and our council tax FAQ that can be completed offline and either sent back to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., posted by contacting us for a prepaid envelope or available in an easy-read version on request. The survey is also available in a number of different languages at https://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/performance/council-tax/

Please do let me know if you have any questions - we appreciate your support.

Many thanks,

James Smith
Communications and Engagement Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists".

He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries.

His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine.

John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them.

He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others.

John's ability as an outstanding composer is sometimes overlooked but he is often under pressure from audiences to feature more of his own material.

John joins the Terence Collie Trio on Sunday, 4th February at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street.

For further details, click here

The London Irish Amateur Rugby Football Club (LIARFC) and Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust (Brentford Sports Trust) have submitted a joint letter of Intent to the Administrators of London Irish Holdings (LIH) setting out their intention to purchase the Hazelwood site and place it in a Community Owned Trust for the benefit of future generations. The letter has been received positively by both the Administrator and DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) / Sport England, and they are in the process of organising some direct talks with them to progress their bid.

The LIARFC bid is very much about preserving Hazelwood for amateur sports and community use. The thriving mini rugby section for both boys and girls is renowned throughout the southeast of England and beyond. In addition, the most recent facility for community use, parkrun, is positive, welcoming and inclusive. There is no time limit and no one finishes last. (parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. parkrun is 5k and takes place every Saturday morning. junior parkrun is 2k, dedicated to 4-14 year olds and their families, every Sunday morning).

The future of the Hazelwood Centre has been discussed at our Committee and we unanimously support LIARFC's bid.

We are aware of a competing bid from a football club with ambitions for promotion and which may require exclusive use of the site; and which may have little or no benefit accruing for the local community.

Comments from our readers would be most welcome.

The next Music Night comes round very quickly and is next week on Friday 26th January, when Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes back THE 60s ALL STARS for a long overdue visit – they haven’t played at the Club since the spring of 2022, because it’s been hard to pin down a date.

They played at our the Club's first Music Night back in 2010, and it’s always great to welcome them, as we know a proper rave-up can be guaranteed with a rip-roaring evening of wall-to-wall beat era classics, and they have always been one of the Club'smost popular attractions.

Their line-up for this gig comprises Alan Lovell of The Swinging Blue Jeans on guitar and vocals, the ever-popular Robin Bibi, also on guitar and vocals, Roger Flavell, formerly with Geno Washington and others on bass, and Mick Avory, original drummer with The Kinks. Put this one in the diary and get a gang of friends together,

Hot food, prepared by resident caterers Surplus To Supper, will be available as usual from about 6.30pm, with the band on stage around 8.30 pm or soon after.

Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card.

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