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.
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People in parts of London, northern Surrey, West Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire are being reminded to look out for and report caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM), which could be damaging oak trees in the area. They are also advised to keep away from the caterpillars and their nests, because their hairs can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission. OPM is a tree pest which was accidentally introduced to England. They feed on oak leaves, and in large numbers they can severely defoliate trees and leave them vulnerable to other pests, diseases and drought.
Their tiny hairs contain a protein which can cause itchy skin rashes and, less frequently, eye and throat irritations and breathing difficulties in people and animals. The hairs can be blown on the wind, and left in their nests on and under oak trees. The greatest risk period is May to July, when the caterpillars are active, although nests should not be touched at any time.
The Forestry Commission, councils and land managers are tackling the pest with a carefully controlled programme of oak tree treatment and nest removal. Alison Field, the Commission's South-East England Director, said the public could play an important role in helping to control the pest by reporting sightings: “We need reports of the caterpillars or their nests from the public or others, such as gardeners, tree surgeons and ground-care workers, who work or relax near oak trees,” Ms Field said. “However, they should not try to remove the caterpillars or nests themselves. This needs to be carefully timed to be effective, and is most safely done by specially trained and equipped pest control experts.”
Dr Deborah Turbitt, London Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, endorsed the ‘don’t touch’ advice, saying: “We strongly advise people not to touch or approach the caterpillars or their nests because of the health risks posed by the hairs. Pets and livestock can also be affected, and should be kept away as well. The Forestry Commission website has pictures to help identify the pest. See a pharmacist for relief from milder skin or eye irritations following possible OPM contact, or consult a GP or NHS111 for more-serious reactions. Contact a vet if animals are more seriously affected.”
Infested oak trees should be treated by qualified operators under strict controls to ensure it is safe for people, pets, livestock and the environment.
• Health advice is available from the “Insects that bite or sting” area of the NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk/livewell.
• Further information is available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1.
We’ve covered a series of planning applications for the ‘deeply unpopular’ sports stadium at Waterside Drive on the south bank of the Thames since 2012. First there was an outline planning application which lapsed in July 2015. Elmbridge tried to renew that with a full planning application in the same month, but that was halted by the Secretary of State who ordered them to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment to consider the impact on the Thames landscape, Lower Sunbury Conservation Area and local residents.
Once the Environmental Statement was complete, the Sports Stadium was debated at the North Area Planning Sub-Committee on the 14th December 2015 followed by the Full Planning Committee on the 5th January 2016. LOSRA wrote to object to the impact of the floodlighting and the noise on residents; and along with Spelthorne’s planners we requested that Elmbridge consider planting evergreen trees to mask the floodlights and acoustic barriers to reduce the noise, and asked Elmbridge to consider restricting the number of days the stadium and pitches would be in use to give residents some respite.
Unfortunately the planning application was approved, despite it being in the Green Belt. In our view, it conflicts with their National Planning Policy Framework requirement to preserve the openness of Green Belt.
LOSRA understands that there will be a preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand on the 25th May 2016. This has been brought by a group of Parke Road residents, along with the Weir Hotel, to decide whether they can appeal against the planning decision in a Judicial Review. They maintain the impact on local residents’ lives will be significant. We will report on whether they are successful in securing an appeal.
Born and raised in New York City from Italian descent, Noemi Nuti is an up-and-coming jazz vocalist and songwriter currently residing in London.
Embracing her love for Brazilian music, Noemi is one of the lead singers of the British samba band, Rhythms of the City (ROTC), led by Barak Schmool and has toured in Brazil. She has also collaborated and performed with lead Brazilian acts Monobloco and Sargento Pimenta, with whom she has represented ROTC when playing on BBC Merseyside, Liverpool.
Most recently, Noemi has headlined on the closing night at Ipswich Jazz Festival (opened by Clare Teal) and she opened for the City of London Festival, which was recorded live for broadcast on Jazz FM.
Singing from the repertoire of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Noemi will be accompanied by Terence Collie, piano; Richard Sadler, bass; and Chris Nickolls, drums.Performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets may be purchased on line at http://www.moodindigoevents.co.uk/ (£8) or £10 on the door.
Come and enjoy a free afternoon of music in the beautiful surroundings of the walled garden, Thames Street.
Performances are free and will be held between 3pm - 5pm. a limited number of chairs are available but you are advised to bring your own to avoid disappointment.
Sunbury Cricket Club take on the mighty Middlesex County CC at a one off 2020 game of cricket on Friday 20th May at 4.30pm.
Come along with family, friends or work colleagues to watch electric T20 cricket at its very best.
Players on show will include club, county and international stars which promises to be a great opportunity to see the modern game played up close.
Bar and BBQ will be open.
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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To see more about the club and members take a look at our website http://www.sunburyskiff.club/ or facebook page: sunburyskiffandpuntingclub.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 13th May, when the Club welcomes back one of Sunbury's most popular bands, THE 60s ALL STARS, who played at our very first Music Night five years ago in 2011, and have been back every year since then.
The band will need very little introduction to many of us, featuring Mick Avory, the original drummer from the Kinks, guitarist Alan Lovell, who is still playing with the Swinging Blue Jeans, bass guitarist John Dee from The Foundations, and guitarist Del Mandel, who was with Crispian St. Peters and also played with George Harrison’s band.
They are one of the very best of the ‘60s revival bands on the circuit, and guarantee a hugely entertaining evening of wall-to-wall beat era classics as they draw on their amazing repertoire. Food will be available as usual from about 7pm.
The public information day at Kempton Park went ahead as planned and it's clear that Redrow, the prospective developers, are in for the long haul. We can expect the Company to use its considerable resources to influence the local plan, currently undergoing revision, to include Kempton Park green belt for residential development.
David Cameron and George Osborne wrote in The Times last July: "We will always protect the green belt and make sure planning decisions are made by local people." This statement followed the Conservative manifesto which promised four times to protect the green belt. In addition, the Leader of our Council, Cllr. Ian Harvey has made his views very plain (see article of 25th April below) so you would be justified in thinking that the Kempton Park project appears to be a non-starter.
However, LOSRA is not given to speculative leaps as, despite these promises, there is ample precedent for developments on green belt land throughout the UK. The law is opaque at best (perhaps deliberately so) and only last month, Greg Clark, the Communities Secretary, approved 1,500 new homes between Gloucester and Cheltenham, with the reason that the need for housing outweighed the need to protect the green belt.
What is certain, therefore, is that the Redrow project at Kempton Park is not going to crumble under the weight of local opposition; but, with the combined opposition of our local authority and its residents, we should have a fighting chance in protecting this valuable local asset and preventing the inevitable traffic congestion in a Borough already designated as an Air Quality Management Area.
If you were unable to attend the public information day on 23rd April you can to see the information banners provided by Redrow at the event by clicking here:
Hawkedale Infant School warmly invites you to come and join in the fun and support your local school.
There will be entertainment from Franco the Magician, toys and treats, craft activities, cakes, raffle, bouncy castle, local traders and tombolas along with fantastic food and a licensed bar.
There will also be games for the whole family to enjoy. Admission £1 for adults & 50p for over 3's.
The School looks forward to seeing you there.