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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 2017 are now payable.

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The Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club will be hosting their fifth annual Marathon event on Saturday, the 21st May at the Phoenix in Sunbury.  The first year Sunbury could not enter as the Club had no boats.  5 years on they have 5 race skiffs.   This is an inter-club event and will include competitors from all the skiff clubs along the Thames and includes a doubles event where you will be able to see racers of all ages from 18 up to the veterans (with minimum combined age of 123).   The course is six kilometers in length starting from the Phoenix when racers will row downstream towards Hampton and before turning at Platts Eyot to come back and finish at the Phoenix.   

The racing starts at 10am with refreshments available from 9am including snacks and cakes available all morning in the Garden prior to the main bar opening in the pub.   There will a raffle with some fantastic prizes kindly donated by the Phoenix management. Prizes include Bed and Breakfast for two at the Flower Pot,  a meal for four in their New Thai Restaurant, and a lovely bottle of Champagne. All welcome to come along and support your local club, enjoy a Saturday morning by the river find out more about skiffing or just enjoy tea and cake by the river.

Sunbury Skiff and Punting club are a friendly club which came into existence in 2010 by their founding members who believed that Sunbury should have a skiff and punting club to participate in the Sunbury Amateur Regatta, inaugurated in 1877. The club now regularly participates in all events organised by the SRA. The objectives of the club are to teach, coach and promote skiffing and punting in traditional Thames skiffs and punts. The club continues to improve and expand its facilities and membership, welcoming all ages and abilities of rower and potential rowers.   New members always welcome.

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Call Us ... 07973 814 552

To see more about the club and members take a look at our website http://www.sunburyskiff.club/ or facebook page: sunburyskiffandpuntingclub.

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Readers will recall that LOSRA objected to the development of the old nurseries site in Fordbridge Road (see article of 16th February). We are pleased to report that the Local Planning Authority has now refused the application for the reasons listed below. These very robust and comprehensive reasons for refusal do not, of course, rule out the possibility of an appeal by the developers to the Secretary of State. We shall see.

1. The proposal represents inappropriate development in the Green Belt for which no very special circumstances have been demonstrated. It will result in the site having a more urban character, will diminish the openness and harm the visual amenities of the Green Belt, and conflict with the purposes of including land within it. It is therefore contrary to Policy GB1 of the Spelthorne Borough Local Plan 2001and Section 9 (Protecting Green Belt Land) of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework 2012.

2. The site lies within Flood Zone 3a/3b defined by the Planning Practice Guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as having a high probability of flooding. The proposed development will result in a loss of flood plain storage within the 1 in 100 with an appropriate allowance for climate change flood extent. In addition, the applicant has failed to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority that an acceptable Sustainable Drainage Scheme can be achieved on the site. The proposed development will therefore increase the risk of flooding both on-site and elsewhere which is contrary to Policy LO1 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD 2009, the Supplementary Planning Document on Flooding 2012 and Section 10 of the NPPF.

3. The site is in an unsustainable location where future residents of the proposed development would have to rely on private motorised forms of transport in order to reach education, employment, leisure and retail land uses due to the distance that a good range of these land uses are from the site and because of the inadequate street lighting and footway between the site and the nearest public transport, contrary to Policy CC2 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, 2009 an the NPPF, 2012.

4. Insufficient ecological surveys have been submitted with the application and it is not therefore possible to ascertain the full impact of the proposal on any protected species. The proposal is therefore contrary to Circular 06/2005, Policy EN8 of the Council's Core Strategy and Policies DPD, 2009 and Section 11 of the NPPF.

5. The proposal involves the creation of more than 15 residential units and only 4 affordable units are to be provided in the scheme. The applicant has failed to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority that it is not financially viable to provide a greater proportion of affordable housing on the site. The development is therefore contrary to Policy HO3 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, 2009.

6. The proposal fails to provide an adequate provision of smaller sized dwellings (one or two bedroom units) of which there is a shortage within the Borough. It therefore does not comply with Policy HO4 of the Spelthorne Development Plan Core Strategy and Policies DPD, 2009 and the Supplementary Planning Document on Housing Size and Type, 2012.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:18

Sunbury Cricket Club Appeals for Help

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The following self-explanatory email from SCC has been received by LOSRA:

We are large and busy Club and need support.

Please feel free to circulate this email to family and friends who may be interested in any of the roles below.

Do you Want to Score? - Training Given

We need more scorers for both Saturday and Sunday XIs for matches of all standards. Adults and teenagers, male and female, are all welcome to volunteer. Training will be given and if you are sufficiently proficient and wish to progress to scoring on a laptop for the higher XIs the Club will pay for a licence for Total Cricket Scorer on your laptop.

If you would like to know more please contact our Hon Secretary Karl Burgess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cleaner Required

The relationship with our cleaner has recently come to an end and we are looking for another person to fulfil the role. This is paid employment which in the summer could offer up to £50 per week (before tax) and less than this during the winter.

The job has been advertised on Gumtree here. Members are welcome to contact Peter Browne direct.

Are You a Professional Planner?

We are looking for a member who might be in private practice or with a local authority? If you fit this description we should like to hear from you to provide some informal advice at a preliminary stage about a development we have in mind within the clubhouse complex.

If you think you can help please contact our Hon Secretary Karl Burgess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Opera Holloway's production of Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' will be performed at the Riverside Arts Centre on Wednesday the 25th May.

The story of Don Pasquale revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old man, who wants to marry the girl himself. What makes the opera notable within this familiar genre is its emphasis on genuine human emotion. Donizetti’s score is graceful and effervescent, as one would expect from this master of melody, but adds an additional level of sophistication to match the comic (yet insightful) proceedings.

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Quartet Pro Musica, one of the country’s longest established string quartets, returns to the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, on Saturday May 28th at 7.30pm for a concert that will showcase three chamber music masterpieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 5 in D major “Lark’, first performed in England and arguably the most popular of Haydn’s eighty-three string quartets, a perfect representative of the entire genre, and aptly described by Paul Epstein as “a story, a song, a dance and a party”.

This is followed by the exotic, Iberian themed Turina String Quartet Op. 34, La Oración del Torero, a beautiful work full of shimmering atmosphere, bravado and passion.

After the interval, the concert closes with Schubert’s magnificent String Quartet No. 14 in D minor of 1824, posthumously titled ‘Death and the Maiden’ after the lied of the same name which influences the second movement. The D minor quartet stands as Schubert’s greatest quartet, an emotional tour de force, and among the finest in the entire quartet literature.

Quartet Pro Musica was formed in 1955 by its original and current leader, Patrick Halling. Over the years the quartet has been involved in highly acclaimed recordings for the BBC, and has played in all the leading venues in the country. The current members, Patrick Halling (violin), Keith Lewis (violin), Ariane Alexander (viola) and Myrtle Bruce-Mitford (cello), only the fourth line-up since 1955, continue this fine tradition of excellence in chamber music, as they perform and record a wide repertoire from the classical, romantic and modern eras.

Tickets for reserved seats for the concert can be bought on line at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/quartetpromusica

Unreserved seat tickets can be bought at the door.

£12.50 single ticket; £5 student; £40 group of 4 ticket.

For further information, please contact the Secretary, Quartet Pro Musica, via:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone 07879 474 870

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A day to relax and practice techniques and methods you may not have tried before in this one day experimental drawing class with artist, Stuart Simler.

The day will consist of drawing outside capturing the landscape, if the weather permits; and in the gallery tackling portraits and being sensory using a variety of wet and dry and water based materials.

Saturday 28th May, 10am - 3pm; £45.00 inc materials. To book, call: 01932 788101 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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