Wyre Forest District Council announces new chairmanA former Mayor of Kidderminster who was inspired to become a councillor to carry on the work of his late wife, has been elected Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council.Councillor John Aston (Independent - Aggborough and Spennells ward) was named Chairman at Wyre Forest District Council’s annual meeting, succeeding Councillor Shazu Miah. Councillor Peter Dyke will be Vice Chairman for the municipal year. TheChairman’sresponsibilitiesincluderepresentingthedistrictatawiderangeofregionalfunctions,attending community and charity events and formal openings, as well as chairing Council Meetings.Thereisalsotheadditionalworkofraisingmoneyforhischosencharities–‘MarieCurie’and‘KDYT’(Kidderminster & District Youth Trust). “MarieCurieisacauseclosetomyheartandIfeeltheydon’tgettherecognitiontheydeserve.Ialso chosetosupportKidderminster&DistrictYouthTrustastheyhelpyoungpeopleacrossthedistrictby taking them on trips and organising amazing activities.”WhentowncouncillorandMayorofKidderminsterin2012,CouncillorAstonraised£12,000forlocalmentalhealth charity Wyre Forest Mind.OrganisationsthatwouldlikeadviceoninvitingtheChairmantoattendaneventshouldcontacttheChairman’s secretary by email firstname.lastname@example.org_____________________________________________________Heard about the CAZ ?No?Thenyou’llberelievedtohearyoudon’tliveinBrumagumbut,forthe(poor)fewthathavetoworkthere,you’ll need to know that•FurthertrafficmeasuresareplannedinBirminghamontopofthecontroversialnewCleanAirZone- launchedonJune1butgivenasurprisingtwo-weeksuspension;sinceevenaClassDzone,withdailycharges(the most rigorous and extensive of the four options), wouldn't be sufficient to make the city comply with pollution rules.So, to cut emissions further and “encourage” people to switch to public transport, the Council will_•Remove ALL free parking Thecouncilsaysaround15%oftrafficparkinginthecitycentrecurrentlyusesfreeon-streetspacesandtheywant tocutthenumberofcarslookingforcitycentreparkingby30%=2.5%fewervehiclesperkilometreofstreets– together with the “benefit” in raising cash from parking charges. •Bantrafficentering(southbound)orleaving(northbound)SuffolkStreetQueensway(A38)fromParadise Circus.Thecouncilsaysthiswouldcutoveralltrafficandreducedelaysonthe A38atakeylocationwherepollution levels are too high and reduce traffic volume through Paradise Circus - an area with high pedestrian flows.•CloseListerStreetandGreatListerStreetatjunctionwithDartmouthMiddlewaytoreducedelaysand pollutionbecausetrafficontheringroadwouldnolongerneedtostop(andthenaccelerateaway)toallowvehicles from those two streets to cross the A4540. The traffic light junction would be removed.BirminghamCityCouncilsaysfinancialsupportisavailabletohelpcar,vanandtaxiownerswholiveorworkwithin the CAZ.______________________________________________Having to pay to get to BirminghamWith the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone - CAZ - those straying too far from Wyre Forest into the area inside the A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the ring road itself) with highly-polluting vehicles facing a charge of £8 or £50 per week.Exemptions are available _ •for those who live within the zone or •work in the city centre and meet certain requirements •vehicles with a disabled or disabled passenger tax class (but not for a blue badge alone)with more information available from the city council's website: www.brumbreathes.co.ukVehicles which ‘fail’ will be charged £8 a day (in the first year) - pay 6 days before visit to 6 days after - to .Gov.UkFines are £120 - reduced to £60 for prompt payment.Appeals can be made to Local, then National agencies.Those living inside the ‘Middle Ringroad’ will be exempt - for the first year ONLY._________________________________________________And ‘Yet More’ about neighbouring Birmingham (and it’s headaches)All TRAM SERVICES in the West Midlands have been suspended indefinitely after an undisclosed fault was discovered among the fleet, meaning that West Midlands Metro withdrew all of its 21 trams for inspection.Alternative travel arrangements have been put in place .. .. (that means using the bus) .. .. that means disruption for some of the eight million journeys made on the network (in 2019-20) .. .. just as B’ham’s Clean Air Zone charges come into operation !The tram operator said the decision to stop services was “precautionary” and "had not been taken lightly" and that “passengers would be helped to find local bus and rail services instead.”And to rub some more salt into the Tram-wound ..The underpass beneath Five Ways roundabout in Birmingham, which links Broad Street and Hagley Road - a busy route in and out of the city - is to close .. for TWO YEARS .. as part of the Midland Metro tram extension.Still, it’s supposed to be ready in time for Birmingham to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022._____________________________________________________“Happy Holidays” aheadA four-day Bank Holiday weekend has been confirmed to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, our longest reigning monarch; so next year things are changing a bit, with only one in the fifth month of the year (the early May Bank Holiday weekend).In pleasing news, however, there'll be another Bank Holiday in early June, as the usual late May Bank Holiday weekend is delayed to the sixth month of the year.The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2 with an additional Bank Holiday on Friday, 3 June.That makes a Bank Holiday ‘Four Day Weekend’ at the start of June – Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th._______________________________________________
So who will have access to YOUR medical records? Within days, unless you opt out, the NHS will share your most private health details with outside companies.Researchers say it's vital, but critics argue it's a cynical data grab NHSDigitalhasgiveneveryadultandchildinEnglanduntil June 23tooptoutoftheinitiative;ifyoudon’t,your confidentialdata,orpartsofit,willbesharedwithorganisationsrequestingitformedicalresearch,ortohelpplana more effective use of the NHS in future.Thatdoesn’tsoundtoobadbutdoctors’leadersfearitisbeingrushedthroughandwillshatterpatients’faithinGPs, who are the legal custodians of our records but are also legally required to upload data to ‘NHS Digital’.But then, your notes have been shared for years !Surprisinglyenough,thesharingofconfidentialNHSpatientdataisnothingnew-it’sbeengoingonforatleast30 yearsormore.Everytimeyouvisitahospitalforemergencytreatment,goforaroutinetestorhaveplannedsurgery,it isrecordedinthehospitalepisodestatistics,whicharecollatedbyNHSDigital,whocollectaround16millionofthese ‘episodesofcare’,includingpatientdetailssuchasname,address,sexandmedicalproblems,makingitavailableto interestedparties,suchasNHSbodies,universities,dataanalystsand commercial companiesforuseinresearch,but with patient anonymity. A small fee is charged to cover the cost of processing the data requests.TherearealsodetailsofsomefivemillionpeoplealreadystoredontheGeneralPracticeResearchDatabase (established1987)whichgathersdatafrom480GPsurgeriestopassontouniversities,governmentdepartments, drug companies and charities for research - with no fee charged.TheproposeddatabasetakestheharvestingofNHSdatatonewlevelbyscalingthingsuptoincludeEVERYSINGLE PERSON (adult and child), by including everyone — adult and child — in England. Britain's health records are regarded as among the best in the world, because of the amount of detail in them. Object ?You have until WEDNESDAY 23rd JUNE.
Some folk spoil it for everybody else !Wyre Forest District Council have announced it had taken the "difficult decision" to close the splashpad in Brinton Park, Kidderminster, from Sunday 13th June, due to 'aggressive and threatening behaviour'.The local authority said there had been "incidents of aggressive and threatening behaviour by some users", adding it would "review its running to make sure users and colleagues are safe and children can enjoy themselves while playing there".Social media users claim to have seen a worker tasked with manning the splashpad gate during peak times "subjected to loads of abuse".Others suggested rows had broke out in the queue.The splash-pad is inspected first thing in the morning, cleaning - which happens behind the scenes in the pump room - takes place anytime between 1pm and 3pm for about one hour due to current usage. It is checked between two to four times a day and if anything is found to be unsafe will be closed immediately and only reopened when it is safe to do so."We thank you for your patience while we carry out these important checks and your understanding that cleaning of the splashpad is essential to maintain high standards of hygiene and safety."