• Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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    You can find all the recent LOSRA Newsletter available to download Read More
  • 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

    Visit the LOSRA Gallery for images past and Present Read More
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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 2021 are now payable.

Friday, 03 December 2021 10:18

Helping residents through the winter

Spelthorne Council are committed to supporting our most vulnerable households and are providing financial assistance over the winter.

For further information, click here

 

Each year Spelthorne borough councillors are allocated a sum of money which they can use to support activities in their wards.  In the last few years each councillor has been allocated £1k, but this year the amount has been increased to £2k, with the additional money having to be spent to support “Green” initiatives.  What constitutes a Green initiative is not precisely defined but could be considered to cover anything that will improve the environment.   

Your Lower Sunbury councillors would like to hear from you about any new or existing ideas or schemes that you feel could benefit from receiving some of this funding, particularly any that you feel might qualify as a Green initiative.  Applying for the scheme is not hard - you just need to provide a short statement of what you want to do and how a grant would help you achieve your aims.  

Grants are generally made to community/voluntary organisations and funds must be used to support more than one person who lives or works in the councillor’s ward.  If you have a good idea but are not part of a formal group, please ask your councillors as we don’t want bureaucracy to stifle doing the right thing. 

Your councillors would love to talk to you about your ideas.  We all want to spend every penny wisely and in support of schemes that will benefit the community.  In the last year COVID dominated the grants, with schools in particular getting support to help with remote learning.  This year we want to cast the net as widely as possible and support ideas that will improve our local environment.

On behalf of the Sunbury East and Lower Sunbury and Halliford councillors

Sunbury East:

Kathy Grant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helen Harvey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ian Harvey (Mayor): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Halliford and Sunbury West:

Sandra Dunn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Fidler: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lawrence Nichols: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spelthorne Borough Council understands the many concerns of residents and businesses regarding the impact of flooding in the local area and have produced a 7 page leaflet.

For further details, click here

 

The Council has released the following press release and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Borough Council is making an urgent appeal to landlords to help fulfil its pledge to house Afghans who have supported the UK in Afghanistan.

Following a meeting of the Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee, we have pledged to resettle up to five families under the Government's Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme. The Council has been working on securing properties to fulfil the scheme and we are asking for landlords to come forward with property offers for the ARAP scheme.

The properties have to be in Spelthorne, a minimum of 3-bedrooms, close to local amenities and have good transport links.

Cllr Sandra Dunn, Chair of the Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee, says: "We are committed to our pledge to resettle five families and we will be working with various local organisations to provide support to the families for up to three years after their arrival - from help with medical needs and arranging education to setting up bank accounts and finding jobs. If you think you could help with a property in Spelthorne, please do consider signing up to the relocation scheme and help these families build a new life in our borough."

Under the scheme, the Council guarantees to pay landlords directly the full market rent for their property for up to two years.

Other benefits include the following:

  • 1 month's rent paid directly in advance
  • 5 weeks repair bond
  • free tenancy agreements provided (including Right To Rent checks)
  • property viewings arranged
  • free inventory service provided by a professional company
  • tenancy training given to tenants
  • a completely free service - no agency fees

Ongoing support for both the landlord and the tenant is available for the duration of the tenancy.

Please contact Samantha King for further details on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01784 446 335.

The cancellation of last year's Christmas Market due to the Covid pandemic was a great disappointment and, with it, the missed opportunity to meet new and existing members.

We are therefore very grateful to the Lower Sunbury Business Community for bringing back the market this Christmas.

The Christmas Market will be held on Thursday 9th December from 5pm - 8pm.

As in previous years, LOSRA will have a stall manned by members of our Committee and we would be very pleased to see you there.

 

 

Monday, 15 November 2021 09:36

"No Rubbish Excuses" says Council

The following notice has been published by the Council and we reproduce it here to alert readers to the proliferation of fly-tipping cowboys who profess to be licensed waste carriers:

"We are reminding householders that you are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.

"On 16 September 2021 Spelthorne Borough Council introduced a £200 fixed penalty notice for households that breach their duty of care in relation to the disposal of household waste. A prosecution could attract a £5,000 fine in the Magistrates Court and an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.

"Reasonable steps to take include:

  • asking the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number
  • asking to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency
  • contacting the Environment Agency directly on 0870 850 6506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website
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