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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 2018 are now payable.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:55

AGM - Wednesday 20th June, Newsletter

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The newsletter announcing our AGM is currently with the printers and will be in the course of distribution to all households shortly.

You may also read it online by clicking here

Please note that our guest speaker, the recently appointed Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne Borough,  Ann Biggs, will be attending to address the AGM on the revision to the Local Plan. This is a very important landmark event which attempts to address the substantial and much publicised increase in housebuilding announced by central government. It will affect all parts of the Borough including Lower Sunbury. The public consultation on the issues and options is now live and all residents are encouraged to spend a few minutes in its completion. (Scroll down to article below for the link).

The minutes of the 2017 AGM may be viewed by clicking here

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The easiest and most effective way to read the document and respond to the consultation is by clicking on the above link to the Council’s online consultation portal.

Please answer the questions at each stage and follow the instructions to submit.

Alternatively, you can email the Council at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or write to: Strategic Planning ,Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thame, TW18 1XB

All responses must be in writing, as the Council will not accept verbal comments.   

The Consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.

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Further to the article posted here on 12th March, we are delighted to report that the appeal by the applicant to develop 7 residential flats on the site has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.

Whilst this is great news we can expect a further and perhaps less ambitious planning application once the developer has studied the detail of the inspector’s report.

As with all Inspectorate decisions few come without a sting in the tail. It was, for example, disappointing to read that scant regard had been paid to the design of new residential development standards regarding separation distances and overlooking. Parking standards were also diminished in importance not least because of unhelpful comments by the County Highways Authority who failed to support the Spelthorne planning officer and LoSRA at the time of the original application.

The Inspector’s report may be viewed by clicking here

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The following news release has just been circulated by Spelthorne Council and announces to all residents the opportunity to have their say on the first stage of the New Local Plan’s preparation:

From Monday 14 May, Spelthorne Borough Council is consulting on a new Local Plan which will set out how much development is needed in the borough for the next 15 years and where it should go. The finished Local Plan will contain policies for deciding planning applications and allocated sites for housing, employment and other forms of development. 

The Council is at the first stage of preparing the new Local Plan, known as Issues and Options. The consultation paper sets out the key issues affecting Spelthorne to 2035 and the options the Council will consider in order to meet the borough’s needs. It will identify the challenges and constraints for development but also the opportunities Spelthorne offers for growth. 

Presentations are being held on 21 and 24 May and there are also a number of information events where residents can talk informally to staff:




Monday 21 May

Presentation at the Council Offices, Knowle Green

7pm - 8pm

Thursday 24 May

Presentation at the Council Offices, Knowle Green

7pm - 8pm

Friday 25 May

Tesco Sunbury

10am - 12 noon

Friday 25 May

Tesco Ashford

1pm - 3pm

Saturday 26 May

Ashford North Residents Association AGM (Association members only)

10.30am - 12 noon

Wednesday 30 May

Elmsleigh Centre/High Street/Two Rivers in Staines

11am - 2pm

Thursday 31 May

Ashford High Street

10am - 12 noon

Thursday 31 May

Stanwell - Clare Road shopping parade

12.30 - 2.30pm

Friday 1 June

Notcutts in Staines

11am - 2pm

Saturday 2 June

Sunbury - The Avenue shopping parade

11am - 1pm

Wednesday 6 June

Spelthorne Business Forum, 

Shepperton Studios (Forum members only)


Saturday 9 June

Shepperton Village Fair

11am - 5pm

Wednesday 20 June

LOSRA AGM (Association members only)


Whether you are a resident, worker or business owner in Spelthorne, the Council wants you to have a say in shaping your Local Plan. The consultation document will be available from 12 noon on Monday 14 May. You can read it and respond online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan

Alternatively, email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to Strategic Planning, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB.

After this consultation, the Council will draft the new Local Plan before carrying out further consultation later this year. The Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector who will confirm if it can be recommended for adoption. We expect this process to be completed by September 2020.

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Following a really fun night and full house at the Nashville Teens gig last month, Sunbury Cricket Club carries on in similar 60s vein with the next Music Night, which is on Friday 18th May when the Club welcomes back THE 60S ALL STARS. They regularly do an early summer gig for the Club to help get the league cricket season off to a lively start, and we are delighted to have them back – they did our very first Music Night more or less exactly seven years ago so it’s very appropriate that are at the Club again with their usual programme of wall-to-wall beat era classics.

Sadly, we have to report that one of the band members, guitarist Del Mandel, died quite suddenly a couple of weeks ago after a short illness. However, as they have made clear to me, “Del would have wanted us to carry on”, and so the band will continue around their core line-up of guitarist Alan Lovell of the Swinging Blue Jeans, John Dee of The Foundations and Mick Avory of The Kinks, with other members added as available.

It’s obviously a difficult time for the band, so it would be great if we can give them a full house and a proper Sunbury atmosphere. They always give us a really fun night of Sixties hits and rock ‘n’ roll, so put a party of friends together and come out in force. Food will be available as usual.

The flier for this event may be viewed by clicking here

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Roberto Manzin (sax) will be leading the Terence Collie Trio in a Tribute to Kenny Garrett on Sunday 13th May. described as "An expressive player with an attractive sound, his improvisations reveal a skilful strategist, a melodist first and foremost, who gradually unfolds a solo and builds up to a compelling conclusion." (Charles Alexander, Jazzwise).

He will be performing with Terence Collie – piano; Stuart Barker – bass; and Ted Carrasco – drums.

Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury

Doors: 7.30pm

Entrance: £12 at the door or £9 via the website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk


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