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

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

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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?

GP’s propose merger but will services improve?

GP’s propose merger but will services improve?

Like me you have had a letter from your GP practice to tell us about a proposed merger between the Gillies, Camrose and Hackwood surgeries.

I understand that GPs Surgeries are finding it difficult to cope as the demands on them increase but is merging three hard pushed surgeries in to one supersized partnership looking after a massive 44,500 people really the answer?

The letter indicates cost savings would be made, but not exactly how appointment waiting times will be reduced. It’s difficult to see how the proposed merger will improve patient services and respond to future needs.

Most of us wait several weeks for a routine Doctors appointment, and I am not confident that the proposals outline will do anything to solve that.

Presumably the cost savings in mentioned in the letter will include rationalising reception, telephone and administration services.

How much harder will it be to get through on the phone for an appointment when the phone system will have three times the number of people trying to get through.

I share the concerns of many that only having one practice offering a “Duty Doctor Clinic” means that anyone needing an urgent appointment will have to go to the Camrose surgery in South Ham no matter where they live.

I am also concerned about the legal status of the new partnership and whether this is further privatisation of the NHS through the backdoor.

This is the sort of question you have been asking me during our conversations on the doorstep.

To help the Basingstoke Labour Councillor team represent your views in the forthcoming consultation please leave your comments.

Things people have already mentioned include:

  • Losing the relationship with the doctors, nurses and practitioners that you know, and that know you and understand your issues.
  • Worries about getting through on the phone for appointments
  • The distances to travel between surgeries.
  • The cost of bus journeys
  • Travel difficulties for the elderly, disabled and those with young children

Let us know if this or anything else affects you to.


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My Pledges to you

I will fight to save local bus services and the free bus pass for the OAP’s and disabled. I’ll oppose the Conservative cuts to the Brighton Hill’s bus service.

Help me campaign for more police on the beat. With 1000 less Hampshire police officers, tackling local crime and antisocial behaviour will be impossible. I want to see more police not less.

I want to see more investment in parking solutions and an end to the pothole epidemic in our roads.

I will oppose the Tory tip tax, charging to use the Wade Road tip will increase local fly tipping.

I will defend our sports pitches, parks and play areas from neglect and development. Our children need safe spaces to play in and our green spaces improve air quality and the environment.

I will campaign for regulation of local landlords. High rents and badly maintained properties are not good for tenants or their neighbours.

I will defend the Brighton Hill District Centre and support our local shops and small businesses.

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