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Parish Council News December 2015

Co-option of New Member.

The Parish Council resolved unanimously to co-opt a new member and the Council resolved unanimously to co-opt Dan Jackson as a member of Southwick Parish Council.

Parish Council Finance.

The Government appointed External Auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP has completed the audit and has confirmed that on the basis of their review of the Annual Return, the information in the Annual Return is in accordance with proper practices and no matters have come to their attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met.

Highways/Environment.

The Trowbridge Area Board has approved the Village Gateway scheme and that it would contribute £1000 towards it – the remaining £1000 is to be contributed by the Parish Council.

Solar Farm Developments.

Councillors noted the various letters from parishioners relating to the proposed Solar Farm developments and the comments made by parishioners and applicants made at the Open Forum. There ensued a lengthy discussion on the merits or otherwise of the planning applications (see below) and possible financial contributions from the applicant to the Parish Council.

Planning Application 15/04570/FUL.

Land west side of Axe & Cleaver Lane - Installation of a solar energy facility utilising solar photovoltaic panels to export up to 5 MW of renewable electricity.         

The Parish Council supported this planning application – by a majority vote.

This application was approved (with conditions) by Wiltshire Council on 20 August 2015.

Planning Application 15/04583/FUL.

Land at Poles Hole Farm - Photovoltaic Solar Farm of 9.8ha to include inverters, substations, grid connection, access and associated works.                              

The Parish Council supported this planning application – by a majority vote.

This application was approved (with conditions) by Wiltshire Council on 29 October 2015.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Councillors noted the consultation in respect of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document and examined the proposed Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) sites for Southwick. The Council resolved to send the following comment to Wiltshire Council: ‘Southwick Parish Council is against any further development and does not support any of the proposed SHLAA sites’.

Wiltshire Council – Community Days.

He Chairman reported that Community Days have ceased and that a new contractual arrangement for ‘street works’ has been introduced by Wiltshire Council. It is necessary now to report any defects and required work via the Wiltshire Council app or by telephone.  Wiltshire Council will prioritise the work requests and take action accordingly. The regular, routine, visits by Wiltshire Council operatives to undertake highway and street scene works in towns and parishes have ceased.

Village Hall Car Park.

A request has been made for a ‘Private Car Park’ sign to be displayed at the entrance to the Village Hall car park. The Parish Council agreed that such a sign could be erected either below the existing Noticeboard or on the wall of the Village Hall.

Wiltshire Council Community Area Transport Group (CATG).

The CATG organisation and funding is to change.  In order that requests for funding can be properly considered the number of items that will be examined in depth and carried forward will be reduced.  Furthermore, only topics which have clear and unambiguous support, in principle and financially, from the parish councils will be discussed and worked up to a full case.

Parish Council Meetings.

Southwick Parish Council meet at Southwick Village Hall every third Tuesday in the month with the meetings commencing at 7.30pm. Members of the public are always very welcome to attend and immediately prior to the formal meeting they have the opportunity to view planning applications and to raise any matter relating to their community that concerns them.

 

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service Wiltshire

Patients who have a non-emergency medical need and require help with transport to reach their hospital appointment can now benefit a high quality service with extended hours.

The new transport service, provided by Arriva transport Solutions, will run 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is an extension of existing services, as previously, some ran only Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Arriva will run a single access centre which will provide a convenient booking and enquiries service across the region. Through the use of modern technology and systems, the service will be able to manage demand for patient transport efficiently and will
co-ordinate and provide journeys in and out of Wiltshire. The service will offer flexibility to respond to changing needs; for example, new healthcare locations and flexible times for pick up and return home including evenings and weekends.

The criteria that determine whether or not you are eligible for NEPTS have been set by the Department of Health and are based upon whether your medical condition prevents you from travelling by any other means.

All operators of patient transport are now required to apply to these rules, so whilst you may have previously been able to use patient transport this may no longer be the case.

When to book your own patient transport with Arriva Transport Solutions
You will not always have to book your own transport. This is sometimes done by the hospital or clinic under which you are being treated. However, if you are referred for tests or treatment by your doctor you may have to contact Arriva directly (you will be advised of this by your surgery/clinic).

If you are asked to book your own transport, you should call Arriva on 0845 600 6068. Your call will be answered by an expert call advisor who will first assess whether you are eligible to use patient transport by asking you a few simple questions about your medical condition and mobility needs.

Your answers to these questions will determine whether you are eligible. You will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Your NHS number
  • Full address with postal code
  • Your mobility needs – are you in a wheelchair for example?

Once your transport is booked, you will be given a booking journey reference number. You should keep this number in safe place in case you need to contact Arriva again to make any changes.

To find out more about what happens when the hospital or clinic books your transport, or what to expect from the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service please see the Patient Information Leaflet

Arriva welcomes your feedback, if you have an enquiry or wish to make a comment or a complaint, please contact Arriva on 0845 600 6068* or email patientcustomerservice@arriva.co.uk
Alternatively, you can contact Arriva by post at: Arriva Transport Solutions, Freepost ANG 7624, Luton, LU4 8BR.

*Please note calls to this number will be charged at a standard local rate from landlines, calls from mobiles will be higher.

 

New Patient Transport Services

Patients who have a non-emergency medical need and require help with transport to reach their hospital appointment can now benefit a high quality service with extended hours. The new transport service, provided by Arriva transport Solutions, will run 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is an extension of existing services, as previously, some ran only Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Arriva will run a single access centre which will provide a convenient booking and enquiries service across the region. Through the use of modern technology and systems, the service will be able to manage demand for patient transport efficiently and will co-ordinate and provide journeys in and out of Wiltshire. The service will offer flexibility to respond to changing needs; for example, new healthcare locations and flexible times for pick up and return home including evenings and weekends.

More patient information about the service can be found here: Non-Emergency Patient Transport Information Leaflet

The single access centre will also provide information and advice for those patients who do not meet the current Department of Health eligibility criteria. This will include signposting to alternative transport options, including voluntary and community providers. Healthwatch Wiltshire is also providing information and advice for patients who may need help with transport but who are not eligible for the service provided by Arriva. Their details can be found here www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

 

Arriva NEPTS.JPGHave a non-urgent appointment at the RUH or other hospital in Wiltshire?  Having problems getting there?  Did you know that there is a now a bookable free service for non-emergency appointments at Wiltshire hospitals?

Well there is!  For some time now Arriva Transport Solutions (yes they run trains as well!) have been providing a door to door service which is bookable through your GP or clinic/surgery or, in some cases, directly by the patient through the Arriva call centre.  Your medical practitioner will tell you if they have booked a service for you or if you need to ring the centre yourself.  If you need to ring, your call will be answered by one of the expert call advisors who will first assess whether you are eligible to use patient transport by asking you a few simple questions about your medical condition and mobility needs.  Your answers to these questions will determine whether you are eligible.  You will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Your NHS number
  • Full address with postal code
  • Your mobility needs – are you in a wheelchair for example.

Once your trip is booked, you will be given a booking journey reference number.  You should keep this number in a safe place in case you need to contact the centre to make any changes.

If you need more information on the service, you can contact HealthWatch Wiltshire on 01225 434 218 or through their website www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

Leaflets giving a full explanation of the service are available at your local surgery.  If you have any difficulty in getting hold of a copy and live in the West Ashton, North Bradley or Southwick villages, or anywhere in the Southwick Division of Wiltshire Council, please contact me on 07888 99 70 50 and I’ll deliver a copy to you.  

 
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