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    LOSRA's Aims

    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
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    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 2022 are now payable.

UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists.

Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more - all mixed with jazz - Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group - carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)

Nicolas joins the Terence Collie trio at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street at 8pm on Sunday 5th June.

For details, click here

 

Monday, 16 May 2022 08:36

Code of conduct for dog owners

New signage will be installed in Council owned parks and open spaces to inform dog owners of the expanded Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) regulations.

The existing PSPO has had additions that require dog owners to carry suitable means for collecting any dog faeces, restrictions on the number of dogs that professional dog walkers can control at any given time, and a condition that a dog must be placed on a lead in a public area if required to do so by an authorised officer, police officer or PCSO. Dogs must also be on leads at all times in the Borough Cemeteries, some Council car parks as well as the leisure centre car parks.

To see the Council's notice, click here

Monday, 09 May 2022 08:03

The Avenue - What's in a Name?

An Avenue is defined as "a broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides" The Avenue in Lower Sunbury is arguably the most iconic residential thoroughfare in the Borough largely due to the linear form of mature horse chestnut trees which both pre-date and have framed the detached houses for generations.

Indeed, we were inspired to adopt the horse chestnut tree as our emblematic logo at the Association's inception 50 years ago.

In recent years, whether through disease, the need to provide more parking spaces or, more sadly, for reasons of capricious fancy, many of these protected trees have been felled, unlawfully in some cases.  (In January Spelthorne Borough Council successfully prosecuted a man for the breach of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) for cutting the roots of a Horse Chestnut Tree in The Avenue without the authority of the Council).

Early last year, following receipt of a number of complaints, the Council enforcement officer carried out a tree survey of The Avenue to identify all the protected trees that have either died or have been removed with or without approval but not replaced. The aim of this survey was to encourage as many owners as possible to replace the trees with a whitebeam (sorbus aria) as recommended by the Tree Officer.

 A letter was sent out to all the addresses identified on The Avenue specifying the replacement tree and a deadline by the planning office of 31 March 2022 was given. The response has been mixed. Some owners were delighted with this initiative and have already planted the replacement tree; others have refused for various reasons and some have simply ignored the letter.

Now that the deadline has passed the Enforcement Officer will be carrying out a survey to identify those that have not complied.

This may then progress to enforcement action such as prosecution.

It would be a great pity if it had to come to this. Householders in The Avenue may be the owners of the land on which the trees are situated but are the custodians of these precious assets for present and future generations.

The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 20th May and features JUMP 66, who played their first gig at the Club back in 2019, and this is the first chance we’ve had to get them back. They are one of the busiest and most popular bands on the circuit, playing a fiery and infectious mix of raucous R'n'B and swinging Jump Blues, with a touch of skanking 1950s Rocksteady.

They have honed their high energy show over the last decade, playing at the Glastonbury Festival in 2014, and are regulars at the Ealing Blues Festival, headlining the main stage in 2018, and the Swanage Blues Festival. They’re a resident band at Soho’s Ain’t Nothing But The Blues Bar, and have been regulars at the RamJam in Kingston and the Crawdaddy, so are equally at home in clubs or on the festival stage.

Boasting a highly credible musical pedigree, they’re an archetypal Music Night attraction, and we can guarantee a fine evening of house-rocking roof-raising entertainment. Take a look at their web site at www.jump66blues.com, where there’s more info, music clips, photos and a list of dates that shows both the frequency and the quality of their gigs.

Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card. Hot food, prepared by the expert chefs from our resident caterers from the community food redistribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 7pm.

Monday, 02 May 2022 08:41

Supporting Ukrainian refugees

The generosity of spirit Spelthorne residents have shown in times of difficulty continues to amaze the Council with 32 households offering up their homes to a potential 81 Ukrainian refugees as part of the government's Homes for Ukraine scheme.

To see full report click here

Matt Dibble, the renowned composer, saxophonist and clarinetist  died in May, 2021, aged 40, from a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after receiving the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

The concert at the Riverside Arts Centre will be a tribute to him and to his music.It will feature friends and fellow musicians.

For full line-up, venue and time, click here

 

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