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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.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:03

Alert for caterpillar pest in oak trees

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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. 

• Report OPM sightings to the Forestry Commission, preferably with its Tree Alert on-line form available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1. Anyone who cannot use Tree Alert may email or telephone reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 067 4442.

• Health advice is available from the “Insects that bite or sting” area of the NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk/livewell.

• Anyone pruning or felling oak trees in the affected areas should contact Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health Unit beforehand on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 067 4442 for advice about safe removal of the material.

• Further information is available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Date Performer
Sunday 5 June Linden Wind Orchestra
Sunday 19 June Saxophony
Sunday 26 June Magna Carta Chorus (3pm) / Ivor Game (4pm)
Sunday 3 July Staines Lammas Band
Sunday 10 July Staines Lammas Band
Sunday 17 July Jake Fryer and All That Jazz
Sunday 24 July Sing Spelthorne
Sunday 31 July The Cobham Band
Sunday 14 August Saxophony
Sunday 28 August Jake Fryer and All That Jazz

 

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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.

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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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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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