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Traffic congestion, pollution and danger are major current concerns in our little corner of car-dominated Surrey and will be at the forefront of our 2014 agenda. Finding alternatives to car use - a policy embraced by central government - will play a key part in improving what is becoming a degraded local environment in Lower Sunbury. 

To help in alleviating the problem, a cycle/foot bridge which was first proposed by the Thames Overways Projects (TOPS) in 2001 but sadly and for a variety of reasons fell off the political agenda, is to be resuscitated. Since 2001 the Lower Sunbury population has increased very considerably. The combined population increase of Sunbury East and Halliford & Sunbury West wards is 10.1% (2011 census) but with no commensurate improvement in local infrastructure amenity. Further, an aggregated total from 271 units of 811 additional bedrooms have been approved in recent planning applications which implies an even greater population increase before the next census is due in 2021. In short, the argument for the construction of a suitable bridge is now stronger than ever.

The River Thames is one of the greatest assets but is also a barrier between places where people live, work and play. LOSRA believes that a car-free bridge would be of enormous benefit to a wide area both north and south of the River. It would mean safer and shorter non-polluting journeys to work, schools and recreation. It would also provide an alternative to traffic-jammed Thames Bridges and the choked main roads leading to those bridges; and facilitate extended access to the Thames Path National Trail to communities north of the river, giving impetus to sustainable local tourism. The river is a beautiful linear park but it also prevents easy sharing of the excellent amenities that exist on either side of the waterway - a situation which should not be allowed to continue.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by leaving your details via the Contact LOSRA Menu. Also, 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 2014 are now payable and may be made via the Paypal facility.

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Mick UnderwoodSunbury Cricket Club kicks off the Autumn/Winter music nights on Friday 5th September with MICK UNDERWOOD’S GLORY ROAD, and an evening of high class rock to get things going with a bang.

Mick is one of great drummers in British rock, whose career goes back more than half a century to his days with The Outlaws in the early ‘60s alongside future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Chas Hodges, later of Chas & Dave. Apart from making records in their own right, they were the house band at the Holloway Road studios of legendary innovative producer Joe Meek, playing on dozens of his productions including hits like Heinz “Just Like Eddie”.

The Club is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome an artist of Mick’s stature to Sunbury, and we can guarantee a rousing night of quality rock to kick of the season. There’s more information about the band at and we also urge you to have a look at Mick’s own website at, where there is a comprehensive biography, and full listings of his own discography and sessions he has played on – it makes for fascinating reading.

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Spelthorne Council is bringing an exciting and free piece of celebratory theatre to Lower Sunbury for one day only, on Saturday 6 September, 2pm. Our June’s Wedding is a play about family, celebration, love and tradition (with time travel... and cake!).

Set amongst the pomp and ceremony of an English wedding in the Surrey Countryside, we meet our characters ... Richard the nervous groom, Hilary his formidable mother, Peter the proud father of the bride, and of course June, our blushing bride-to-be. But Our June’s Wedding is a little bit different as the wedding guests are the audience, making this a very special experience for all who come along. The play is suitable for all ages, lasts about 45 minutes and there’s no need to book.

Please note that the play moves from location to location and the audience with it - starting at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street and finishing at the Walled Garden which is a five minute walk away.

The play has been created, developed and presented by theatre company Theatre Exchange with funding from National Lottery through Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings.

Family Craft workshop

In preparation for the performance the Council is running a free family craft workshop on Thursday 4 September at Riverside Arts Centre, 3.30 – 6.30pm. All ages are welcome. Spaces are limited so to book your place or find out more information please contact Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or email

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:57

Flu Vaccination Clinics

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Patients registered with the Sunbury Health Centre, Green Street may wish to note the following dates/times for flu vaccination clinics which are by appointment only:

  • 4 October 8.30 - 12.00
  • 11 October 8.30 - 12.00
  • 18 October 8.30 - 12.00
  • 25 October 8.30 - 12.00

Who's Eligible:

  • OVER 65?
  • or DIABETES?
  • or ASTHMA?


Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:42

Spelthorne Crime Summit

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Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting residents to attend the Spelthorne Crime Summit being held on Thursday 4 September at Spelthorne Council's Offices in Knowle Green.The event starts at 7pm, with refreshments available from 6.30pm.

The evening will provide residents with an opportunity to share their views on crime and policing in their local area and brings together local partners, including Spelthorne Borough Council, Surrey Police, Surrey County Council and the Crime Commissioner's Office. It's a chance to hear what Surrey's Crime Commissioner has been doing over the last twelve months to address the local issues, learn more about community safety work in your local area and discuss ways to make Surrey an even safer place to live and work. The Summit will be two hours long and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited at these events and attendance is by registration only, so please do reply early if you would like to take part. You can register to attend the event in a number of ways. The easiest way is to register online at Alternatively, email or call 01483-630200.

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The following email has been received by LOSRA from Mark Carter, Awards Co-ordinator, BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey and we are pleased to reproduce it here:


I wanted to let you know that we are now seeking nominations for this year’s BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards.

Now in its fourth year, and firmly established as a local celebration of the area’s unsung heroes, this is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of people who go the extra mile.

Making a nomination couldn’t be easier. Simply choose one or more categories from the list below, then tell us who you would like to nominate and why. There is no limit on how many people you can nominate. All we ask is that your entries arrive by no later than Midnight on 19th October 2014.

Young Achiever - Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated courage or maturity beyond their years 

999 - Presented to a member of the emergency services or the armed forces for commitment to their profession

Sport - Awarded to someone who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or acting as a referee or official

Good Citizen - Awarded to an individual or organisation that either helps to make the neighbourhood a better place to live on an ongoing basis, or through a single act of kindness or bravery

Fundraiser - Someone who has given up their time to raise funds for a charity or good cause 

Volunteer - Awarded to a person who gives up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause

Animal Welfare - Someone who goes out of their way to care for animals

Education - Showcasing an individual who goes the extra mile in the field of education and learning

Music and Arts - Celebrating the best of local creative talent - everything from local choirs to talented actors

Full details, including terms and conditions, can be found on the attachment or at or

We look forward to receiving your nominations and please do spread the word among family, friends and colleagues too.

Best wishes

Mark Carter

Awards Co-ordinator

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey

Broadcasting Centre, Brighton, BN1 3XB or Broadcasting Centre, Guildford, GU2 7AP

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Sunbury Skate Park to Close 18th &19th AugustWe have no way of knowing how many of our local youngsters take advantage of this facility but for those who use the skate park in Green Street, please note that it will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, 18th & 19th August. The closure is necessary to allow for maintenance and repair work to be carried out.

Anyone looking for alternative facilities in the Borough can make their way to the Shepperton Skate Park off Shepperton Court Drive; or Lammas Park off Wraysbury Road.

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Thanks For Your Support at the Sunbury RegattaIt was good to see so many familiar faces visiting our stall at the Sunbury Regatta. Some came to join our Association, others to renew their memberships, and many just dropping by, in search of information or simply to discuss their concerns.

Now celebrating our 41st Anniversary as a fully constituted Association and, working with our local authority and other agencies, we continue to work tirelessly in doing what we can to preserve or enhance the amenities enjoyed by the Lower Sunbury community.

Our officers and committee are all volunteers who dedicate their time and energies to further the aims and objectives of the Association; and our future depends upon your continued support. If you are not a member or have forgotten to renew your membership for 2014, please either join or renew now. Annual membership has remained unchanged for the last 8 years and, at £5, costs about the same as a pint and a half of low strength beer. You may join or renew membership via the Paypal button on the Home Page or, alternatively, by leaving your subscription at the Post Office in Avenue Parade or at Twirltours Travel Agents in Green Street. We are of course very grateful to all those who have supported the Association today and over the many years of our existence.

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The following is an extract from a letter dated 6th August which has been received from the Department of Communities and Local Government;

"The Secretary of State has carefully considered the case against call-in policy, as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement by Nick Boles on 26 October 2012. The policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively. The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.

"In deciding whether to call in the application, the Secretary of State has considered his policy on calling in planning applications. This policy gives examples of the types of issues which may lead him to conclude, in his opinion that applications should be called in. The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in the application. He is content that they should be determined by the local planning authority." 

In this case the local planning authority is not our local Council (who opposed the application) but the Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council.

SATEP, (Spelthorne Against the Eco Park) and our Council are currently looking at the possibility of challenging the approved application by way of an application to the High Court for judicial review. As ever, limited resources may frustrate our progress and all contributions, however small, will be most welcome. To donate, please visit the SATEP Website:

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