• Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
  • Become a Member

    Become a Member

    We invite anybody interested in the issues facing Lower Sunbury to subscribe Read More
  • View Our Newletters

    View Our Newletters

    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 2024 are now payable.

At our June AGM, the Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council drew our attention to the recently introduced one point of contact for all reports to Council.

This point of contact may be found at spelthorne.gov.uk/report

In brief, the contact should be used to:

  • Report fly tipping
  • Report a noise complaint
  • Access a parks and open spaces report form
  • Report a street cleaning request
  • Report antisocial behaviour
  • Report graffiti
  • Report dog fouling
  • Report a littering offence
  • Report a bonfire
  • Report a missed bin collection
  • Report abandoned vehicles
  • Report faulty play equipment
  • Report change of circumstances
  • Report to planning enforcement
  • Report tree problems
  • Report a faulty street light
  • Report potholes
  • Report a footpath repair
  • Report road maintenance

It may be good idea to print off this comprehensive list for future reference!

 

For a full report, please go to Monica Jones' excellent article in the July/August edition of Sunbury Matters

The Council says:

"If you live in Spelthorne, then you can really help us to understand about your views on the services that Spelthorne Borough Council provide you and your family."

To take part in survey, click here

Those who were at the LOSRA Annual General Meeting on the 19 th June will have heard Daniel Mouawad, the Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, unexpectedly announce that the planning application for a huge Battery Energy Storage System on Green Belt land adjacent to the Eco Park in Charlton Lane had been withdrawn by the applicant.
 
The application had been on the agenda for discussion at the Spelthorne Planning Committee meeting on the evening of the 26 th June, with a Planning Officer’s recommendation of refusal. Both LOSRA and the Shepperton Residents’ Association were preparing to speak against the application,and we were naturally keen that the councillors on the Committee should all vote in support of the Planning Officer’s recommendation.
 
Since being advised of the proposal by the developer’s agent DWD in May last year, LOSRA has remained actively and implacably opposed to what we believe would have been, for so many reasons, a disastrous imposition on the local environment. We are therefore naturally delighted that this totally unacceptable scheme has been withdrawn by the applicant - a decision that must surely have been affected not just by the Planners’ refusal recommendation but also by the fact that 272 letters of objection to the scheme were registered on the Spelthorne Planning portal. The scheduled Planning Committee meeting on the 26 th June has now been cancelled as it is no longer necessary.
 
We cannot assume that this is the end of the matter, for it is always possible that the developer will submit a revised application. We will remain vigilant, and in the meantime hope that sense will prevail with the realisation that Green Belt land in Sunbury is a totally inappropriate location for a large industrial plant of this type.

The following email has been received from Spelthorne Council and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

 

Dear Residents Associations,

The Spelthorne Design Code project officially launched today!

How to get involved

Work on the Design Code Project will be kicking off with Walking Tours and Digital Tours of the Borough, running from the 20 June 2024 to 18 July 2024. For more information on the project and to sign up for a tour, visit the Spelthorne Design Code Hub

Spelthorne Launches Design Code Hub

  • Have you wondered about how and why the buildings, streets, parks, and gardens you see around you were designed and built?
  • Do you ask yourself why homes, offices and shopping centres look the way they do?
  • Have you got a favourite building?
  • Do you want to find out more about architecture, urban design, and town planning?
  • And do you want to help shape the future of the place where you live?

 

What is a Design Code?

A design code is a manual or handbook that contains drawings, plans and a set of rules that will influence the how all new buildings, streets, parks, gardens, and public spaces across the borough should be designed and built, or how existing buildings should be modified.

Spelthorne Borough Council has recently committed to prepare a design code for the whole borough, and it wants local people – the people that know and love the area best – to help it write this code.  We want to put local people at the heart of the process. Over the next few months, the project team will be meeting with diverse groups across the area to find out what they think of Spelthorne today and what it could be like in the future.

 

Contact details

The email address for the project is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the weblink for commonplace is https://designspelthorne.commonplace.is/ 

Should you wish to be removed from the Residents Association mailing list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Many thanks,

Design Code Team

Spelthorne Borough Council

Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

Tel: 01784 446 397

A major project to increase surgical capacity and help to reduce waiting times for people across Surrey Heartlands and neighbouring regions is underway with a surgical centre of excellence being developed at Ashford Hospital.

For full details, click here

 

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