Idle motorists to be fined in Basingstoke

Idle motorists to be fined in Basingstoke

Experts say air pollution from exhaust fumes kills more than twice as many people as road accidents in Britain. More than 5,000 people die prematurely from conditions like lung cancer and heart disease because of emissions, those who die from air pollution tend to die about 10 years earlier than they would normally.

From 23rd March Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is introducing £20 fines for motorists who idle in a bid to tackle air pollution. The council says the fines will only be issued when drivers refuse to switch off their engine.

The fines will be handed out by local civil enforcement officers, community safety patrol officers and environmental officers. 

The initiative is part of the Broughs ‘Clean Air Campaign’ encouraging residents to be proactive in reducing their carbon emissions. The Council is aiming make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, after declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ in July last year.

Essex Road Surgery closed

Essex Road Surgery closed

The reception area at Hackwood Partnership’s Essex House branch is closed as a “precaution” as a patient is believed to have attended with symptoms of the Coronavirus. The surgery is part of the New Acorn practice which consists of Gilles, St Andres and Essex Road surgeries.

Please remember to dial 111 and DO NOT attend your GP – say Cllr. Kim Taylor

Register your car to use the Tip

Register your car to use the Tip

Register your car to access Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

Hampshire residents will need to register their car for free by 1 April 2020. Unless your car is registered there is a real chance you could be turned away from the tip when you visit. Hampshire County Council will enforce this from 1st April 2020.

Trolley dumping in Brighton Hill

Trolley dumping is something local councillors do get involved with on a regular basis. As a Brighton Hill Councillor I have had regular conversations with ASDA management over a number of things and trolley dumping is one of those areas. The store itself is trying really hard to combat this. Its massively expensive for them so they have an interest in it.

They recently at huge cost replaced all their trolleys which are fitted with a magnetised wheel lock. As soon as the trolley goes over the curtilage boundary which has technology built into it the wheels lock up making it very difficult for them to be moved.

However the perimeter technology is sometimes vandalised which means some trolleys get past. This is not always kids as you might imagine but thieves who steel Trolleys to sell them for scrap metal value.

Other times people just stubbornly drag the trolley with locked wheels and when it gets too difficult just dump it.

Some people also have still got old “borrowed ” trolleys that they use and park in their garden every week.

The store has agreed with us that if anyone sees a trolley in the immediate area of ASDA, they can phone customer services and someone from the store will fetch it.

Otherwise ASDA belong to the trolleywise scheme and they have a number and a phone app you can use to report a trolley and they come get them.

01926 455378
trolleywise@wanzl.co.uk
https://www.wanzl.com/en_EN/service/trol…

Your Labour Councillor team in Brighton Hill have regular walk about -we also work full time so this is often at weekends in the winter as nights draw in. We report what we see but its really helpful if members of the pubic can do this as well.

Cllr Kim Taylor”

GP mayhem continues in Brighton Hill

GP mayhem continues in Brighton Hill

The Gillies and Overbridge Medical Partnership, Brighton Hill, which is run by the Acorn Health Partnership following the merger of three GP surgeries, has been inspected by the Quality Care Commission who have  issued it with a ‘requires improvement’ rating. During the visit, inspectors found the patient safety was being put at risk.

At the time of the merger resident told me how they were were unhappy and had immediately noticed problems getting appointments and confusion over which surgeries to attend. A year on and the situation is even worse. when we are out and about in the ward and in our Councillor Surgeries you tell us that waiting for 5 or 6 weeks for an appointment and even three weeks for a telephone appointment is the becoming the norm.

You usually tell me that getting through on the phone is a “nightmare”

Your Labour Councillors are working hard to put the Care Commissioning Group under pressure to improve the performance of GP’s in Basingstoke. At the moment they don’t even monitor waiting times for appointments or getting through on the phone.

There is now a special task group looking at the situation to see what might be done. You can my speech in the Council Chamber here https://brightonhill.online/bhtv/

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Councillor Kim Taylor

Councillor Kim Taylor

Councillor Brighton Hill

This winter I reported the mayhem over the flu jab. Patients were waiting in queues even the frail , elderly and disabled only to be turned away due to lack of supplies. We asked why are you texting people to come for a flue jab if you don’t have the stock?

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