Sunday, 31 May 2009

Police Pledge

We have received the police pledge document

www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pledge

To achieve this they more funding or to have even funding with other parts of the country.

Glass in Rush Hill

While on our travels we noticed the amount of glass near the junction of Englishcombe Lane and Rush Hill, this has been passed to Council Connect for action

Bench in Rush Hill

We have asked for the bench near the Clark's Roundabout to be repaired

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Park and Ride Good Friday

On Good Friday we had the problem of the park and ride buses queued up outside the park and ride at Odd Down. Someone had not told the parking services of the council that buses were running.

We have been assured that this won't happen again

NHS dental Survey

The council is reviewing NHS Dental services in the B&NES area. One of the areas the Members are particularly interested in exploring is that of dental services for children, and whether there are any health inequality issues affecting the way in which children can and do access NHS dental services.

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.

If you want to take part

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/councilanddemocracy/councillorsdemocracyandelections/overviewandscrutiny/Reviews/Equality+of+Access+to+NHS+Dental+Services.htm

Monday, 18 May 2009

Secondary School Transport

A group was set up to campaign for better school transport. They asked for this email to be circulated.

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

New operator for the 20A/20C

Following Don Foster's efforts there is to be a new operator of the 20A/20C

Wessex Connect started yesterday, thanks to them for providing the service

You can see the timetable at this location

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/transportandstreets/travel/buses/SupportedServices/Bathcircular.htm

Sunday, 10 May 2009