Sunday, 31 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
We have been assured that this won't happen again
An oral health survey carried out in 2006 in this area visited 55 schools and examined 1437 children aged 5-6 yrs old (77% of children). 36.7% of children were found to have decay with an average number of decayed missing or filled teeth of 1.58. This is slightly higher than the England average of 1.49. Dental decay in children is not however spread evenly across the authority. The survey found that there was a high correlation to the most deprived areas, and noted that the ward areas which have particularly high levels of decay (over 40% of children with a dmft of over 2.0) include Lyncombe, Keynsham North, Southdown, Twerton, Bathavon West, Odd Down, Radstock and Peasedown.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
Campaign update: Cabinet members' feeble responses to the recommendations for change made in Secondary School Transport review
We've had a chance to take a look at the Cabinet members' responses to the recommendations made by the Council's Children and Young People's Overview & Scrutiny panel. These are due to be delivered in person by the Cabinet members to the panel at tonight's meeting (6pm, Guildhall).
Their responses are extremely disappointing. As it was, we felt the recommendations were fairly tame and only went part of the way towards solving the current problems - and the Cabinet members are still rejecting and deferring recommendations. And even where they seem to be accepting recommendations, they attach so many provisos that it look as though very little will change soon... or ever, if this administration has its way.
We don't understand why the Cabinet members find it impossible to back the recommendations made by their own expert panel. The panel, charged by the Council, has spent months investigating the situation and researching creative solutions. But the Cabinet members, not a part of the review process, now have all the power to make the final decision - and they show no commitment to tackling the problems of overpricing, unreliability and lack of safety experienced by our children.
The Cabinet members are 'allowed' to change their responses tonight. Please come and help show them how important it is that they do so. We need to show them that this is not good enough by voicing our disappointment tonight.
If you feel that school transport is poor, we do, we can put in touch with the campaign.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Wessex Connect started yesterday, thanks to them for providing the service
You can see the timetable at this location