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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.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 13:00

Season's Closing of the Ferry Service

Last Saturday brought to an end the first season of the very successful Sunbury to Walton ferry. An event was supposed to have taken place at the launching of the new ferry service back in July but as Covid restrictions made that impossible it seemed fitting to mark the end of our first season with a small celebration of the project's success.

Figures show that in the first 25 days of operation the ferry carried 6,331 passengers consisting of adults, children, bikes, pushchairs and dogs. This figure is all the more impressive when one considers that it rained on 13 of those days!

LOSRA Committee member Neil Huntingford, along with Simon Harris, directors of Sunbury Ferry Ltd, a not for profit community company, hosted the event and thanked all those who had made it possible:

  • Spelthorne Borough Council, especially their River Thames Task Group,
  • Surrey County Council
  • Lower Sunbury Residents' Association,
  • Middle Thames Yacht Club,
  • Halliford School,
  • Sunbury Matters,
  • The Riverside Arts Centre,
  • The Environment Agency,
  • Sassy Apron,
  • Daphne Clement who has immortalised the ferry in watercolours.

Speeches were made by Neil, Cllr. Vivienne Leighton, Chair of the River Thames Task Group, and the Mayor, Cllr. Ian Harvey. Special mention was reserved for the willing band of volunteer skippers and crew who have willingly given up their time to share their expertise and to learn new skills; and commit to running the service with professionalism, dedication and a ready smile despite the weather.

Despite the officer's recommendation to approve this plan, the Planning Committee on 13th October voted against the construction of the 5 storey block of 39 flats as the Second phase of the Benwell House development in Green Street, pictured. (Artist impressions are always designed to look seductive!)

It was a close run thing with the vote: 6 in favour and 7 against. In addition to two well-organised and professional local residents, the Vice-chairman of this Association and Cllr. Kathy Grant (in whose ward the site is situated) also spoke against the application.

The reasons for refusal which have now been published on the Council website are summarised below:

1. The proposed development, by reason of its height, bulk and close proximity to the boundary with the residential properties in Meadows End and Dunnell Close, would result in an unacceptable, overbearing effect and lead to overlooking and loss of privacy to these residential properties, detrimental
to their amenity and contrary to Policy EN1(b) of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, February 2009, and the National Planning Policy Framework 2021.

2. The proposed development will lead to an unacceptable loss of trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order, which make an important contribution to the urban environment and the landscape quality of the site and surrounding area, contrary to Policies EN1(d), EN7 and EN8(c) of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, February 2009, and the National Planning Policy Framework 2021.

3. The proposed development by reason of its height, bulk and scale, would result in an unacceptable development which would fail to respect and make a positive contribution to the street scene and character of the area, contrary to Policy EN1(a) of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, February
2009, and the National Planning Policy Framework 2021.

It's important to state that, at no time, was there an objection to some form of development taking place on this site. Our objections, as described above, would have been made clear from the outset had there been any meaningful public engagement from the outset - a requirement specified by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Spelthorne Borough Council has announced that, for the 11th year running, the Sunbury Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery have been awarded Green Flag status.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two-acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this 'hidden gem' provides a tranquil spot all year round.

Michael Garrick MBE (30 May 1933 – 11 November 2011) was an English jazz pianist and composer; and a pioneer in mixing jazz with poetry recitations and in the use of jazz in large-scale choral works.

The 10th anniversary of his death will be celebrated by the Terry Collie Trio with guest, Nette Robinson at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street at 7.45pm on Sunday 7th November.

For poster and booking details, click here

 

The following email has been received from Liam Caplis, the Events Manager at London Irish Amateur RFC and will be of interest to pet owners living in the vicinity of the Club:

"We would like to inform you that the London Irish Amateur Club is holding a Fireworks Night at Hazelwood on Saturday 30th of October 2021. The event will run from 17.30pm to 9.00pm with the display planned to take place at TBD and will last for 10 minutes.

"We will make the local council, Police and Fires Services aware of the event and the precautions we have taken.

"The event is being run by volunteer parents from the Mini and Youth section in order to raise much needed funds for our amateur club.  It is aimed at the wider community and the bulk of tickets will be sold to young families from the local area.  Parking at Hazelwood is expected to be adequate for the number of people attending as it is highly likely that the majority are local and will walk. We hope that our event does not cause you inconvenience. If you have any questions then please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)."

Thursday, 30 September 2021 16:22

Call for Green Spaces - Have Your Say

The Council are seeking the assistance of local communities and others to put forward areas of green space, through a Call for Green Spaces process.

The purpose of this is to identify green spaces that could be considered suitable for designation as Local Green Space (LGS).

LGS is an additional layer of protection for green spaces, included in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and allows those that meet a set of criteria to be designated. The NPPF (2021) in paras 101-103 sets out the role of LGS:

For further information, please click here

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