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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 2017 are now payable.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 07:35

Cattle Return to Sunbury Park

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Following generally positive feedback to the Council after a trial last year, the cattle, which had been expected to return in April, are finally back in Sunbury Park.

The eight Aberdeen Angus are provided with a permanent water supply and a large kissing gate has been installed at the Green Street entrance.

(See previous item of 29th November 2015 www.losra.org/item/721-sunbury-park-cattle-grazing-feedback).

Thursday, 26 May 2016 07:32

LOSRA AGM Newsletter Out Now

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Our AGM newsletter will be distributed to households in Lower Sunbury from 2nd June. The AGM itself will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 22nd June when we will welcome Richard Fryer and Dr Gill to give a presentation on plans for the Sunbury Health Centre.

To read our AGM newsletter online, click here

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:13

A New Mayor for Spelthorne

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Our local Sunbury East Councillor, Alfred Friday was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting held on Thursday 19 May. Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Friday was first elected to the Council in May 2011, representing the Sunbury East ward. He is married to Kaye and has a daughter and two granddaughters. The family have lived in Sunbury since 1983.

A professional charity fundraiser until his retirement in 2012, Cllr Friday is interested in all things automotive. Kaye is an actress, dancer and model and has a strong interest in the performing arts.

During his term as Mayor, Cllr Friday will be supporting the following charities:-

  • Parkinson’s UK: the Staines-upon-Thames branch offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. They help suffers meet other people affected by the condition and also organise regular events and social activities.
  • One-to-One: a friendly hardworking charity that arranges social activities for adults with learning disabilities in North West Surrey.
  • Home-Start Spelthorne: one of the leading family support charities in the UK, Homestart helps families with young children cope with challenges and build better lives. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, health problems, bereavement and other issues are also supported.

Speaking during the meeting, Cllr Friday said: “Thank you ladies and gentlemen of Spelthorne Council for electing me as your Mayor this evening and I will do all within my power to repay that trust. We are proud to live in a wonderful borough that has busy, prosperous towns, that is blessed with a lovely river, pretty villages and lively communities. There are hidden gems like St Marys Church in Stanwell with its twisted spire and Sunbury’s Walled Garden. Kaye and I look forward to making ourselves known to all of you as well as representing Spelthorne to the wider world. ‘Let’s make Spelthorne sparkle’ is going to be the theme for my mayoral year.”

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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