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Local GP Practices to offer evening and weekend appointments from 1st October

Local GP practices are working together to offer patients more access to appointments, in the early evenings and weekends, from Monday, 1 October, 2018. NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is rolling out the national initiative called Extended Access to offer more appointments to local people. It recently held a survey and used the feedback from local people to help shape Extended Access for Shropshire.

Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients will be able to book appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other qualified healthcare professional, at a time which may be more convenient – in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.

Nicky Wilde, Director of Primary Care at NHS Shropshire CCG, said: “We understand how important accessibility to appointments can be – 9 to 5 doesn’t always work for everyone. This is where Extended Access can really benefit members of our local community – it offers choice and enables patients to have more flexibility around when they can access the care they need.

“Extended Access also adds to the existing range of healthcare services already available in Shropshire to help patients including pharmacists, NHS 111, the walk-in centre, minor injury units, and A&E (which is there 24/7 for life threatening serious emergencies only).”

In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this Extended Access service. This will ensure patients can access appointments at a nearby practice in their local area – the practices will take turns on a rota basis and patients will be advised about location at time of booking, so they can make an informed choice.

The pre-bookable appointments will be available between:

  • Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday)
    between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
  • Saturdays between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
  • Sundays and bank holidays between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)

Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do – patients simply need to contact their practice (who they are currently registered with), during
normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.

Information to help patients understand more about Extended Access is available on the NHS England website, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/.


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Help to Heat Grants

HELP TO HEAT GRANTS

OIL, BOTTLED GAS AND ELECTRIC heated properties receive high funding rates for heating and insulation upgrades

If you are on a low income with limited savings and either high costs or a vulnerability to the cold, you could qualify for Help to Heat funding.

In many cases we are able to access full funding for off-gas boiler replacements or storage heater upgrades – with no need to be in receipt of benefits.

We can also assess your eligibility for grants towards fuel costs and give energy saving advice.

Many of our initial calls are made on behalf of neighbours, family and or friends—so if you think you know someone in need of support we’d be happy to receive your call.

0800 112 3743
advice@mea.org.uk

Keep Shropshire Warm is a partnership between Shropshire Council and Marches Energy Agency, a registered charity specialising in energy advice. Visit www.mea.org.uk

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Superfast Broadband plans for Chetton

Update from Connecting Shropshire

20170718 Chetton parish council – update from Connecting Shropshire

Connecting Shropshire is a multi-million pound programme to bring faster broadband to the parts of the Shropshire Council area where private companies are not going to provide it as part of their current commercial plans. To date, the programme has provided access to superfast broadband for many homes and businesses across a range of exchange areas, from Albrighton to Chirbury, and Chirk to Tenbury Wells. More than 60,000 premises are now within reach of the new network that we’ve built. The programme is due to complete by 2020.

To date, Connecting Shropshire has provided access to fibre broadband for around 30 premises in the parish. Premises in The Down area (to the west of the exchange building) have access to a fibre broadband connection. Once fibre broadband is available in an area, people wanting to access the new network need to make the switch by upgrading to a fibre broadband package with their chosen internet service provider.

Parishioners can visit our website: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/ to check the availability of fibre broadband and the detailed map at https://shropshire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ddc8d72666934ca4ab4f938050be4ee4). If parishioners have download speeds of less 2mbps, they can apply to the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme. For more details, see: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/basic-broadband-subsidyscheme/ or call Connecting Shropshire and we can assist you by completing the online application form on their behalf.

Legacy contract 1 work is expected to benefit premises in the south west of the parish. Work planned in contract 2 is expected to bring premises in Chetton within reach of a superfast broadband service.

Contract 3 – Airband http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/contract-3-airband/
The map in the attached document (available on the website) shows the planned/current Next Generation Access (NGA) coverage in the parish up to 2020 (NGA infrastructure is capable of delivering 30mbps). Most premises in the parish either already have current/planned access to fibre broadband (grey dots), or are expected to benefit from contract 3 (pink dots). Contract 3 has just been signed with a company called Airband, which has been providing access to high-speed wireless broadband in rural areas since 2002. Premises marked with a yellow dot are not currently in plan to get access to superfast broadband. Having said that, the Connecting Shropshire programme runs till 2020 and additional funding is available. We will be seeking a solution to provide superfast broadband for unserved premises and remain confident that we can provide access to a superfast broadband connection for all Shropshire Council premises by 2020.

Register your interest
If you’re in plan to be covered by contract 3 (pink dot), you can register your interest with Airband by entering your postcode on their website at https://home.airband.co.uk/.  Airband will then keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Queries 
If parishioners have specific queries, they should email Connecting.shropshire@shropshire.gov.uk, with their question as well as providing their address and landline number (if they have one at the property).

Contact Details

Connecting Shropshire homepage


Connection.Shropshire@shropshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01743 252203
@ConnectingShrop


Election of a Unitary Councillor for Brown Clee

Notice is hereby given that:

A poll for the election of a Unitary Councillor for Brown Clee will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.

The number of Unitary Councillors to be elected is one.

The names, home addresses and descriptions of the Candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the Candidates nomination paper are as follows:

The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:

Where contested this poll is taken together with the election of Town Councillors.

Dated Tuesday 25 April 2017
Claire Porter
Returning Officer

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Notice of Election: Election of Parish Councillors

NOTICE OF ELECTION

Shropshire Council

Election of Parish Councillors

for the Parish listed below

Chetton Parish Council 

Parish Number of Parish Councillors to be elected – Nine

1. Forms of nomination for the above election may be obtained from the Clerk to the Parish Council, or the Returning Officer, at The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND, who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.

2. Nomination papers must be hand-delivered to the Returning Officer, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND on any day after the date of this notice, but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017. Alternatively, candidates may submit their nomination papers at the following locations on specified dates, between the time shown below:-

SHREWSBURY Bridgnorth Room, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury –

9.00am to 5.00pm On Tuesday 14th March, Wednesday 15th March, Friday 17th March, Monday 20th March, Tuesday 21st March, Thursday 23rd March, Friday 24th March, Monday 27th March, Tuesday 28th March, Wednesday 29th March and Friday 31st March.

9.00am to 7.00pm On Thursday 16th March, Wednesday 22nd March, Thursday 30th March and Monday 3rd April.

9.00am to 4.00pm On Tuesday 4th April.

OSWESTRY Council Chamber, Castle View

8.45am to 6.00pm On Tuesday 14th March and Thursday 23rd March.

8.45am to 5.30pm On Wednesday 29th March.

WEM Edinburgh House, New Street

9.15am to 4.30pm On Wednesday 15th March, Monday 20th March and Thursday 30th March.

LUDLOW Helena Lane Day Care Centre

8.45am to 4.00pm On Thursday 16th March and Wednesday 22nd March.

8.45am to 3.45pm On Tuesday 28th March.

BRIDGNORTH Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street

9.45am to 4.30pm On Friday 17th March and Monday 27th March.

9.45am to 3.30pm On Tuesday 21st March.

3. If any election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.

4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and postal proxy votes, and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.

5. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.

 

Dated: Monday 13th March 2017
Claire Porter Returning Officer

Notice of Election: Shropshire Council Election of Councillors

NOTICE OF ELECTION

Shropshire Council

Election of Councillors for the Electoral Divisions listed below:

1. Forms of nomination for Unitary Elections may be obtained at The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND, from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.

2. Nomination papers must be hand-delivered to the Returning Officer, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND on any day after the date of this notice, but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017. Alternatively, candidates may submit their nomination papers at the following locations on specified dates, between the time shown below:-

SHREWSBURY Bridgnorth Room, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury –

9.00am to 5.00pm On Tuesday 14th March, Wednesday 15th March, Friday 17th March, Monday 20th March, Tuesday 21st March, Thursday 23rd March, Friday 24th March, Monday 27th March, Tuesday 28th March, Wednesday 29th March and Friday 31st March.

9.00am to 7.00pm On Thursday 16th March, Wednesday 22nd March, Thursday 30th March and Monday 3rd April.

9.00am to 4.00pm On Tuesday 4th April.

OSWESTRY Council Chamber, Castle View

8.45am to 6.00pm On Tuesday 14th March and Thursday 23rd March.

8.45am to 5.30pm On Wednesday 29th March.

WEM Edinburgh House, New Street

9.15am to 4.30pm On Wednesday 15th March, Monday 20th March and Thursday 30th March.

LUDLOW Helena Lane Day Care Centre

8.45am to 4.00pm On Thursday 16th March and Wednesday 22nd March.

8.45am to 3.45pm On Tuesday 28th March.

BRIDGNORTH Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street

9.45am to 4.30pm On Friday 17th March and Monday 27th March.

9.45am to 4.30pm On Tuesday 21st March.

3. If any election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.

4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and postal proxy votes, and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.

5. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.

DATED: MONDAY 13TH MARCH 2017
CLAIRE PORTER RETURNING OFFICER

Local Elections May 2017

Local elections are scheduled to take place in Shropshire on Thursday 4 May 2017.

This means that nomination papers will need to be submitted by prospective candidates who wish to be considered for election to any of the following:

Any of the 74 seats on Shropshire Council
Any of the town council seats within Shropshire Council’s area
Any of the parish council seats within Shropshire Council’s area (including Chetton)

The notice of election for all areas is due to be published on Monday 13 March, and it’s only from then that nomination papers can be submitted.

Nomination packs are not yet available but all nomination papers must be received by the returning officer by 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017; the law states that nomination papers may only be delivered to the returning officer in person, and can’t be received through the post.


Burglaries from outbuildings

West Mercia Police is appealing to the communities of South Shropshire to remain vigilant following a spate of rural burglaries in the area, which have targeted outbuildings, insecure barns and sheds during the hours of darkness.

Tools, farm machinery, and diesel are just some of the items which have been stolen by the criminals, and Crime Prevention Officers are urging residents to follow these simple security measures in order to reduce the risk towards their property.

  • Ensure that all outbuildings are locked when not in use. Try using weatherproof padlocks and reversing the hinges on shed doors so that they cannot be unscrewed.
  • Ensure tools and machinery are locked away and out of sight when not in use. As well as being at risk of theft, tools can be used to gain access to surrounding buildings.
  • Do not leave keys or valuables in farm vehicles/machinery.
  • Keep gates padlocked shut.
  • Install solar-powered dusk-to-dawn lighting on outbuildings to deter intruders.
  • Ensure any tools or valuables are security marked and display signs around your property to inform potential thieves.

 

Sgt Murdoch of the Shropshire Harm Reduction Team stated “The police are conducting extra patrols in these areas to provide reassurance to the victims and the communities as a whole. To assist us in our efforts to apprehend these criminals I would appeal to the residents of these rural areas to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see to the police”

In an emergency call 999, For non-emergencies call 101


Defibrillator Training: 18th May

Arrangements have now been made for a First Aid course to be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 at 19:30.

There is no charge for the course which lasts for 2 hours and consists of CPR and use of the Defibrillator with a certificate posted to participants at the end of the course.  Tea/coffee biscuits will be available.

Further details – please contact 01746 789257 or e.mail: er@oldfieldcottage.plus.com

Please email if you wish to attend


Register To Vote by 18th April

With only one week to go until the deadline, Shropshire Council is encouraging residents to make sure they are registered to vote.

On Thursday 5 May voters in Shropshire will go to the polls for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections.

The deadline to register, if you want to be able to vote and have your say at these elections, is Monday 18 April.

Claire Porter, Electoral Registration Officer for Shropshire Council, said:

“With only one week to go, time is fast running out to make sure you can take part in these elections in Shropshire. Our message is simple: if you’re not registered by 18 April, you can’t vote.  I’d encourage everyone in Shropshire to act now if you’re not already registered to vote and apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

If you are not able to make it to your polling station on Thursday 5 May, the deadline for postal vote registration is Tuesday 19 April 2016. If you have not registered by this date, you can’t vote.

 

 


Help Shape Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services

Help Shape Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Young people, carers, parents and stakeholders are being urged to have their say on emotional wellbeing services across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire, at a special event this weekend.

Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as well as Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council have joined together to work on a project that will change emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people across the area for the better.

Next Saturday March 19th 2016 people are being invited to attend an engagement event at Meeting Point House in Telford, to talk about their experiences, what if anything needs to change and how they would like to see services shaped in the future, using a process called Experienced Based Commissioning.

Deputy Executive Anna Hammond is the Senior Responsible Officer for the project, on behalf of the four organisations involved.  She said: “We want to speak to people to explore: “What needs to happen to build strong emotional wellbeing and resilience in children, young people (0-25’s) and their families in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin?”. She added: “We know that there will be children, young people, parents/carers and professionals who will have a story to tell. We need to hear them directly so we can use these experiences to help us design better services that will enable young people to be resilient and maintain control of their life and health. I would urge as many people, including stakeholders, parents, carers, and providers of service to attend as what they tell us, really will make a difference.“

The public engagement event is being held between 10am and 1pm on Saturday March 19th in the Walker Room, Meeting Point House, Town Centre, Telford, TF3 4HS

Places are limited and are going quickly so to register your attendance, please contact Julie Beevor at Julie.beevor@nhs.net or call 0300 404 2999 extension 6595 for more information. Lunch is provided.


Defibrillator and CPR training

Chetton Parish Council have been offered a defibrillator to be housed at the village hall and are looking for volunteers to be available to be alerted by the ambulance service should they feel that use of the defibrillator would be beneficial.

Training to use the device will be provided by Heartstart Bridgnorth –  the course lasts 2 hours and consists of CPR and use of the Defibrillator with a certificate posted at the end of the course. There is no limit on the number of people attending  and although not everyone will want to volunteer to be a ‘responder’ the information on CPR could prove to be invaluable in an emergency situation.

Please let the clerk know if you, or any of your neighbours or friends, are interested in attending.   The training evening will probably take place in early March.


Defibrillator: Wanted – Volunteers

Chetton Parish Council have been offered a defibrillator to be housed at the village hall and are looking for volunteers to be available to be alerted by the ambulance service should they feel that use of the defibrillator would be beneficial.  Training will be given although It is the view of the Resuscitation Council (UK) that the use of an Automated External Defibrillator is NOT to be restricted to trained personnel.  However chances of survival increase if the person has had some training in its use.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in volunteering and live or work close to the village hall.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an emergency life-saving device for use in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  It is a portable appliance that analyses the heart rhythm and, if needed, administers an electrical charge to the heart in order to establish a regular heartbeat in the event of a Cardiac Arrest.

Only within the first few minutes following a Cardiac Arrest will a victim be in a ‘shockable rhythm’, and therefore rapid defibrillation is vital.  Placing AEDs in the community can dramatically reduce the time from collapse to defibrillation and can greatly improve survival rates.


Watch the Big Conversation video and tell Shropshire Council what services are important to you

From Shropshire Council…

Watch the Big Conversation video and tell us what services are important to you

As part of its Big Conversation, Shropshire Council has released an animated video encouraging residents to get involved and tell us what council services are important to you.

The video, produced by the council and posted on YouTube, illustrates the financial challenges Shropshire Council faces over the next few years. The Big Conversation video also explains how the council is funded, how its budget is spent, and asks Shropshire residents what they can do to help Shropshire Council’s £77 million budget deficit.

Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation comes in light of continuous Government cuts which, in five years’ time, will leave only one quarter of the current funding that pays for over 150 services. This is a reduction of 75% from the £100m the council currently spends on these services, and means it will have to stop delivering some services.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for the Big Conversation, said:

“Like all public services, we face spending cuts in the coming years and we’re looking at ways to address this challenge.

“We’ve already had a great response to our Big Conversation with over 1,700 people taking part in the survey so far. However, we still want to ensure all local people have the opportunity to share their views, and urge those not yet involved to watch our video and take part in our survey.”

Watch the £77m budget challenge video now to find out more about the Big Conversation and how you can get involved.

The Big Conversation survey will run until Monday 4 January 2016, and will be followed by further conversations with local people, partners, community organisations and businesses across Shropshire in 2016.

Since the conversation began, over a third of residents who’ve taken part in the surveys have expressed an interest to be involved in further conversations with the council.

If you know someone who does not have access to a computer, you can either print a copy off for them, or you can pick a paper copy up from your local library or customer service point. Alternatively you can call us and request one, or complete the survey over the phone.

For more information and to get involved visit:

shropshire.gov.uk/bigconversation,
follow us: @shropcouncil #Shropbc
BigConversation@shropshire.gov.uk
call: 0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)


Shropshire’s Big Conversation

Shropshire Council created a new topic for customers to subscribe to called “Shropshire’s Big Conversation”.

This new topic will bring you information around consultations specific to service delivery and how this may change in the future. It will also be used to let you know about updates in relation to The Big Conversations and include things like invitations to focus groups and other ways you can get involved in this huge project.

It affects everyone so we’d encourage you to subscribe to it and get colleagues, friends and family to sign up also (simply forward this post on to them as it contains a link to the website where you can find out more and access a sign up link).

So what is the Big Conversation?

The Big Conversation is the biggest consultation the council has launched as it effects all of the 150 plus services the council provides.

Like all local authorities, the council is faced with the need to make further substantial savings in the coming years due to ongoing government cuts.

In a few years’ time, we’ll have less than one quarter of the money that now funds 150+ council services which means we’ll have to stop delivering some services and we need your help to tell us which are important to you, and what you can do to help and make the remaining resources we have, go further

For more information about the Big Conversation and to get involved, go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/bigconversation where you can also access a link to sign up to this new topic.

Follow @shropscouncil #Shropbc
email BigConversation@shropshire.gov.uk
Call 0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)
Please get involved, your views will be used to tell us what services the council will provide in the years ahead.

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