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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 2022 are now payable.

Further to our notice (scroll down to 17th January) we can report that a significant number of residents have made known their opposition to the granting of this licence. The Senior Environmental Health Officer for Spelthorne has sent the following very helpful email to the ward councillors of Lower Sunbury:

Dear Councillors,

I want to make you aware of this licence application as it will have a significant impact on our residents if its permitted to go through.  The first information I want to give is that Environmental Health has made representation on this licence application to Elmbridge Borough Council Licensing team.  We also believe some 20 of our residents may also have submitted representations to Elmbridge Borough Council.  You may therefore have already been approached by residents, or you might be in the future. 

 Elmbridge Borough Council has received a licencing application for Apps Court farm which is on the Elmbridge side of the River Thames opposite Sunbury Park (see map attached for your reference). The application is for 29 events per year and includes every type of event possible covered by the tick-boxed on the application form, and include up to 6 music festivals which could facilitate up to 50,000 attendees, with some events continuing overnight until 5am in the morning.   The applicants state this would be similar to Greenfields  https://www.musicfestivalwizard.com/festivals/greenfield-festival-2022/   The license applicants have engaged the services of expert licensing consultants and noise consultants. 

As you know our side of the River Thames in Lower Sunbury is a quiet location, especially at night.  Events are already held at Apps Court Farm (although not at the scale being proposed) and even at this smaller scale we occasionally receive noise complaints from our residents about the events already held at Apps Court Farm.  So this, along with the scale of the application convinces us that should this licence application if granted it will have a significant impact on our residents. 

 Our Environmental Health team have joined forces with Elmbridge Borough Council’s Environmental Health team in respect of this Licensing Application as they too have similar concerns.  Elmbridge and Spelthorne’s EH teams have also jointly engaged the services of expert licensing and noise consultations to assist us in challenging this application.  Both Spelthorne’s and Elmbridge’s EH teams have submitted representations to Elmbridge’s Licensing team and the application will be going to a Licensing hearing at EBC.  If refused it is most likely the applicants will appeal to the Courts for a review of the decision. 

I will continue to provide you with information as this licence application progresses.  If you have any questions please do drop me an email.

Kind Regards,


Tracey Willmott-French, CEnvH, MCIEH

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner

Senior Environmental Health Manager

Spelthorne Borough Council

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Friday, 21 January 2022 15:39

2022 Subscriptions Now Due

Now that we're well into the new year  it's timely for a tactful reminder that our 2022 subscriptions became due on 1st January.

New or existing members may join or renew via the Home Page of this site.

The annual membership of £5 (about the price of a pint of beer or two coffees) has remained unaltered for16 years and we continue to be run by a highly professional Committee of local residents who give up their time freely.

There are no paid members and all monies go towards printing costs, room hire and the like; in addition to  maintaining a reserve fund for legal advice when required.

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Before driving to Staines in the coming months, and to avoid disappointment, you should be aware of the forthcoming Iron Bridge replacement.

Network Rail has forwarded the following briefing note


This Association is always particularly wary when a controversial application is put before the Council at the start of the Christmas period in the knowledge that the Council will not be open for business until 4th January and will thereafter be dealing with a host of other business distractions accumulated over that period.

The local community, and especially those living close to the riverfront, will remember the event at Apps Court last September and its almost deafening impact on residents.. We have already had some discussions with both Elmbridge (to whom the application is made) and Spelthorne Councils but as with all licensing representations these may only be made by individuals who are, or are likely to be affected.

If you wish to make a representation, time is very tight as it will not be considered after 19th January. The premises licence application is available to view online on Elmbridge Council's licensing web page using the licence number: LN/202000162 - Apps Court Farm, Hurst Road, Walton-on-Thames KT122EG.

Emails may also be addressed to Environmental Health at Spelthorne Council or Licensing at Elmbridge: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SWR are making residents aware that, from Monday 17 January, South Western Railway will be running a new temporary timetable.

The spread of Omicron has necessitated the need for a new timetable, with staff shortages across the SWR network leading to short notice cancellations.  

Of particular note to residents, the Shepperton branch will be reducing to an hourly service outside of peak times.

These temporary timetable changes will remain under review going forward. Journey planners will be updated on a week-by-week basis, with updates taking place towards the end of each week.  

Details of the temporary timetable can be found on the SWR website

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