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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.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:01

Sunbury Library Coffee Time - A Reminder

All are welcome to a coffee break on 1 March 2013; any time between 10am and midday at Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West.

Coffee and cake will be served together with an opportunity to take part in a mystery town quiz, all for just 50p.

The April Coffee morning is cancelled.

On 16th January, an article headed: 'A last Chance to Save Hampton Court Railway Station' was published on this Website. Although it concerned a development which was not within the Lower Sunbury area, it was nevertheless felt that, because of its heritage status, it would be of interest beyond its immediate locality.

The following announcement now comes from the Hampton Court Rescue Campaign (HCRC):

The public's response to the Demolition Application was unprecedented. 900 letters of objection were sent to Elmbridge's Planning Officer opposing the proposals, not just from the UK, but from around the world. This time, bolstered by the overwhelming volume of opposition, Councillors on the Planning Committee rejected the Planning Officer's recommendation to permit the Application. In a very close result and greeted by loud applause from the public gallery, the demolition Application was refused by a single vote, 5 to 4. The Councillors' decision was significant and far-reaching, because without the Station's partial demolition, Gladedale's wider development, approved by Elmbridge in 2008, could not be progressed.

HCRC is very grateful to all those who took the trouble to write in opposition to the scheme. To view complete press release, click here.

 Elbridge Council to Press Ahead with Deeply Unpopular Riverside DevelopmentRegular visitors to this site will recall the announcements posted on 23rd May, 1st August and 10th December of 2012. (To refresh your memory on these related articles, please enter Xcel in the search facility above; and/or the LOSRA Newsletters Menu for the Autumn 2012 edition).

As was suspected, Elmbridge Council is now progressing plans for the proposed Sports Stadium complex on Green Belt at Waterside Drive by submitting a development proposal for the football and athletics clubs' current site at Stompond Lane in Walton.

Last year, and to allay the strong suspicions of residents, Elmbridge officers and councillors repeatedly assured us that the two sites were completely unconnected (in other words, the development of one (Xcel) was not contingent upon the sale and development of the other (Stompond Lane). This year, however, they have admitted that the two are indeed connected and, amazingly, deny that they ever claimed there was no connection between existing sports ground and the development of a £6m sports hub adjacent to Xcel.

The land at Waterside Drive is in the greenbelt. The proposal is for an athletics track, a grandstand, the main football pitch and three practice pitches which will stretch from the Xcel building along behind the Weir Pub. The view from the historic conservation area in Sunbury will be ruined by the very visible 28 floodlights,18 metres high, on top of the bund.

The two football clubs currently playing at Stomponds Lane have absolutely no desire to move to this out-of-town location and will be expected to play their matches every Saturday and Wednesday. The floodlit practice pitches will be in use most days and the noise, amplified by the water of the Thames, will be constant.

Elmbridge Council will be proceeding with similar haste to last year, stating that they expect to finalise plans for the Waterside Drive sports hub by March 2013. That seems absolutely astonishing given that the land is contaminated, and the Outline Planning Application required a number of reports to ascertain whether it could be excavated and built on safely, particularly when it is so close to the river Thames. Residents in Sunbury were not properly consulted last year when the Outline Planning application was 'pushed through' and there is now a much wider alliance of opposition.

The first meeting will be at Full Council at 7.45 on Wednesday 27th February at the Civic Centre in Esher. LOSRA members are urged to attend and, if reluctant to drive themselves, there will be a coach leaving the Weir Pub at 6.45, stopping at Stompond Lane at 7.00pm before continuing to the Civic Centre.

Please try to come along.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 18:39

Beef or Horsemeat?

So hungry you could eat a horse? Tesco got it coveredIt seems that news on the criminal substitution of beef products with horsemeat changes by the hour.

For all up-to-date information about the current situation visit the Food Standards Agency website www.food.gov.uk There is also a dedicated telephone helpline 0845 051 8322.

After months of deliberation, and following an unsuccessful appeal to develop 87 units on the EA Fordbridge Road site, a new application (13/00153/FUL) has been submitted by Linden Homes and the Environment Agency for the Riverside works site in Fordbridge Road.

Overall the scheme proposes 37 new houses and flats with associated access, parking, open space and landscaping; and a new workshop, compound and storage facility with associated access for the Environment Agency, following the demolition of all buildings and structures on site (except the substation).

The proposals include the following details:

  • The workshop will be on the mainland alongside Willow Way with residential covering the majority of the site
  • The density of the scheme will be 27 dwelling per hectare
  • 43.2% two beds (flats at the front of the site), 24.3% three beds (houses), 8.2% 4 bed (houses), 24.3% 5 bed (houses) will be provided
  • The houses will be 2/2.5 storeys
  • A level of affordable housing will be in the flats at the front of the site.

LOSRA and the Campaign Against Riverside Over-development have been involved from the outset and, as parties to the creation of the eventual plan, are very pleased to endorse this application.

To view the application in full together with associated plans, please click here: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/3898/Riverside-Works-Fordbridge-Road-Sunbury

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:15

Coffee Concert Reminder

Joseph TongA reminder that the next Coffee Concert at the Riverside Arts Centre will be held on Saturday 9 February.

Joseph Tong (piano) will give an exciting recital of Romantic works, featuring Debussy’s Estampes, Chopin’s Ballade no.3, Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableau (op.39 no.5) and Schubert’s mighty ‘Wanderer Fantasie’

The Shepperton and Sunbury Arts Association would like you to join them for coffee and croissants from 10.15am. The recital will start at 11am and last approximately an hour.

To book tickets, please call the Box Office on 01932 782788 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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