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Wyre Forest District Council announces new chairman A 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. The Chairman’s responsibilities include representing the district at a wide range of regional functions, attending community and charity events and formal openings, as well as chairing Council Meetings. There is also the additional work of raising money for his chosen charities ‘Marie Curie’ and ‘KDYT’ (Kidderminster & District Youth Trust). “Marie Curie is a cause close to my heart and I feel they don’t get the recognition they deserve. I also chose to support Kidderminster & District Youth Trust as they help young people across the district by taking them on trips and organising amazing activities.” When town councillor and Mayor of Kidderminster in 2012, Councillor Aston raised £12,000 for local mental health charity Wyre Forest Mind . Organisations that would like advice on inviting the Chairman to attend an event should contact the Chairman’s secretary by email eso@wyreforestdc.gov.uk _____________________________________________________ Heard about the CAZ ? No ? Then you’ll be relieved to hear you don’t live in Brumagum but, for the (poor) few that have to work there, you’ll need to know that Further traffic measures are planned in Birmingham on top of the controversial new Clean Air Zone - launched on June 1 but given a surprising two-week suspension; since even a Class D zone, with daily charges (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 The council says around 15 % of traffic parking in the city centre currently uses free on-street spaces and they want to cut the number of cars looking for city centre parking by 30 % = 2.5 % fewer vehicles per kilometre of streets together with the “benefit” in raising cash from parking charges. Ban traffic entering (southbound) or leaving (northbound) Suffolk Street Queensway (A38) from Paradise Circus. The council says this would cut overall traffic and reduce delays on the A38 at a key location where pollution levels are too high and reduce traffic volume through Paradise Circus - an area with high pedestrian flows. Close Lister Street and Great Lister Street at junction with Dartmouth Middleway to reduce delays and pollution because traffic on the ring road would no longer need to stop (and then accelerate away) to allow vehicles from those two streets to cross the A4540. The traffic light junction would be removed. Birmingham City Council says financial support is available to help car, van and taxi owners who live or work within the CAZ. ______________________________________________ Having to pay to get to Birmingham With 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.uk Vehicles which ‘fail’ will be charged £8 a day (in the first year) - pay 6 days before visit to 6 days after - to .Gov.Uk Fines 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” ahead A 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 NHS Digital has given every adult and child in England until   June   23 to opt out of the initiative; if you don’t, your confidential data, or parts of it, will be shared with organisations requesting it for medical research, or to help plan a more effective use of the NHS in future. That doesn’t sound too bad but doctors’ leaders fear it is being rushed through and will shatter patients’ faith in GPs, 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 ! Surprisingly enough, the sharing of confidential NHS patient data is nothing new - it’s been going on for at least 30 years or more. Every time you visit a hospital for emergency treatment, go for a routine test or have planned surgery, it is recorded in the hospital episode statistics, which are collated by NHS Digital, who collect around 16 million of these ‘episodes of care’, including patient details such as name, address, sex and medical problems, making it available to interested parties, such as NHS bodies, universities, data analysts and   commercial   companies for use in research, but with patient anonymity. A small fee is charged to cover the cost of processing the data requests. There are also details of some five million people already stored on the General Practice Research Database (established 1987) which gathers data from 480 GP surgeries to pass on to universities, government departments, drug companies and charities for research - with no fee charged. The proposed database takes the harvesting of NHS data to new level by scaling things up to include EVERY SINGLE 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 23 rd 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 13 th 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."