Have your say on how Hertfordshire County Council funds local bus services

The county council uses taxpayers’ money to support approximately 11% of the 35.6 million bus passenger journeys made each year in Hertfordshire.

In 2014 the county council asked for your views on proposals to reduce evening and Sunday services.

Following careful consideration of the feedback the county council received they have made some changes to the proposals which they would like your views on.

These new proposals would affect only 2% of all the passenger journeys running in Hertfordshire but would save more money.

What the county council are proposing?

• Withdraw funding from contracted services which operate after 7:30pm

• Withdraw funding from these services on Sundays, except for routes which go directly to hospitals which would run until 7.30pm

• Modify our existing Value for Money Criteria to help determine which routes and services will receive funding, taking into account a range of factors including cost per passenger journey and need.

• Amend the overall Bus Strategy to reflect any changes in the way we fund bus services.

Why are we doing this?

Hertfordshire County Council is facing severe pressures on its budget.

Between 2010 and 2014 the county council had to reduce its budget by approximately £150m.  We must take out a similar amount over the next four years.

These new proposals would save approximately £1.471m from the current bus budget.

How can I have my say?

You can let the county council know your views by completing the online form on their website www.hertsdirect.org/busconsult

If you don’t have internet access you can visit your local library where free access is available.

For a paper copy email hertsdirect@hertfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 4036.

Please respond by midnight on 10 April 2015

 

 

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Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire hospitals under great pressure

Emergency health services across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire are experiencing major pressures this week.  Accident and Emergency departments are being stretched by the number of patients arriving at their doors, as is the ambulance service.

The situation is so serious that health bosses and the most senior doctors from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have united to deliver a hard-hitting message to the public Dr Nicolas Small, Chair of Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The Accident and Emergency departments at our hospitals only have the capacity to treat people who have serious, life-threatening or dangerous conditions. Ambulances should only be called in genuine emergencies.  If you use emergency services incorrectly you are risking the lives of others and won’t get the best treatment for your illness.       

“If you have a minor complaint or injury you should not come to A&E in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire: your care will not be a priority and you may even be sent away.  If you call 999 for an ambulance and your life is not at risk, you may be endangering the life of another person in desperate need of emergency care.

“More than 240 people arrived at Watford General’s A&E department on Monday,  including several people who thought they may have flu asking for prescriptions, people with toothache and some women asking for the morning after pill or a pregnancy test.  Accident and Emergency was not the right place for them.

Please do not attend our hospitals with common winter illnesses, such as chest infections, coughs and colds, diarrhoea or vomiting.  We have never seen our hospitals under such pressure before which is why it’s vital that everyone understands the urgency of the situation and what you can do to protect our essential hospital services this winter.”  

There are other excellent services that can help – including some that provide instant access if you, a family member or a friend feel ill:

Click on to NHS Choices website – for trusted advice and information on how to look after yourself and your family. It covers thousands of illnesses and conditions:  here   

Visit a pharmacist – for expert advice and low-cost medicines to ease your symptoms and help treat your condition. Every area has a late opening pharmacy and most have consulting rooms where you can ask for advice in private. Go to here to find your nearest open pharmacist  

Make a GP appointment. If your GP thinks that you need to be seen at the hospital, then they will arrange a direct referral to the right specialist   

Phone  NHS 111 – for free, round the clock medical help when your GP is closed when it’s urgent but not a life-threatening 999 situation.     

Please also remember that there is a Minor Injuries Unit at St Albans City Hospital (open 9am – 8pm every day) and an Urgent Care Centre in Hemel Hempstead (open 24/7 every day).

 

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Next meeting of Bovingdon Parish Council

You are invited to attend the next meeting of

BOVINGDON PARISH COUNCIL

to be held on MONDAY 12th January 2015 starting at 7.30 p.m.

in the Memorial Hall, High Street, Bovingdon

Complimentary tea and coffee available prior to the start of the meeting

A meeting of the Planning Committee will commence at 6.00 p.m. prior to the Parish Council meeting

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Preparation for possible severe weather event

Today is a normal day across the electricity networks with no widespread power cuts due to the weather. However, UK Power Networks is working closely with the Met Office to track the strong winds that are forecast to hit the UK tomorrow, Thursday. These strong winds are due to affect the Eastern and Southern areas of our network overnight Thursday 11th December and early Friday 12th December.

If the storm materialises and affects power supplies, our paramount focus will be on restoring electricity to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Click here for the latest forecast from the Met Office.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead power lines. Our emergency plans have been put in to place, with hundreds of extra engineers and other staff on duty to deal with situations as and when they arise.

As always our priorities in these situations are public safety and restoring supplies to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

In communication with customers, we urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.

For any power cut enquiries please contact us 24 hours a day by:

Preparing for a power cut

Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:

  • Keep our freephone number handy
  • See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
  • Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
  • Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
  • Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
  • Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Look out for elderly neighbours; please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food

 

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PARISH OFFICE ARRANGEMENTS OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The Parish Office will be open until midday on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and then will be closed throughout the Christmas and New Year period, re-opening at 9.30 a.m. on Monday 5 January 2015.

During this period you can leave messages on 01442 833036 or e-mail us at parish.council@bovingdon.net and we will get back to you as soon as possible on our return.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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