Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Safe.. for now

Waddeton Park has withdrawn the planning application for a 165 housing development between Shepherds Lane and the Coombe Valley. The proposed scheme was to build new houses on the countryside on the outskirts of West Teignmouth. Unfortunately the building of 250 houses across the valley between Higher Exeter Road and Coombe Valley, has been given planning permission despite concerns about traffic and wildlife.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Save Teignmouth Hospital MIU

Teignmouth residents concerned and angry packed the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting on the future of Teignmouth Hospital in the Alice Cross Centre, with many people turned away because the venue was full. At the second Teignmouth Consultation the Methodist Church Hall was packed and dozens of people were again turned away because there was no more room. People are rightly angry because the CCG consultation offers ‘Hobson’s Choice’ two options both of which mean the closure of Teignmouth MIU and the down grading of our hospital. This isn’t government diktat, the CCG has choices. The CCG’s proposals are predicated on the assumption that all Teignmouth, Shaldon and Bishopsteignton residents will go to Dawlish rather than Newton Abbot or even the overstretched Accident and Emergency department at Torbay Hospital. Greater pressure on the A&E will cost the NHS as a whole more. Residents have shared with me moving accounts of how their nearest and dearest have had the care and treatment they need close to family and friends at Teignmouth Hospital. Teignmouth Hospital is the first hospital build under Beveridge’s NHS. People derided Beveridge’s plans for a National Health Service, but in the end united behind what has become one Britain’s most cherished institutions. Teignmouth must be united in defense of our hospital services, a community that through its League of Friends can raise a million pounds in a decade should be given the opportunity to come up with a solution for Teignmouth Hospital. I would call on the CCG to work with the community to secure a sustainable future for Teignmouth, not simply confront us with a fait accompli - closure of the MIU and loss of acute beds. Please sign the petition: http://signme.org.uk/1034

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Council Tax ‘Scrooge’ Letters

I strongly suggest residents receiving one of these ‘Scrooge’ letters contact Teignbridge and request a copy of the credit reference agency data that leads them to suppose you may no longer be entitled to the discount, because it could be someone is using your address for nefarious purposes. I think in the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to request a reply within 14 days.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Is the Council using Big Brother Tactics?

The Council is sending out a very curt letter to people who receive the 25% Single Person Discount on their council tax, to say that checks suggested other adults were living with them. The letter says: "We are working with an external agency to carry out a residency check on all properties receiving a single person discount and results indicate that you may no longer be the only adult at your address". Recipients are given 14 days to declare whether they are the sole adult in the house to avoid automatically losing their council tax discount, backdated to 1st April. The letter is ominously signed by the council Fraud Manager This letter was sent out in December, some people are away for Christmas, other will mistake the letter as junk mail. I know many people who live on their own received the letter and were upset by its tone. One resident told me "The Council is basically accusing people of lying without being able to explain what evidence they have". I'm concerned A lot of people living on their own will be confused and frightened by this letter. What is the Council doing running checks on its own residents via credit reference agencies, the tone and timing of this letter raise serious questions. I could see many people loosing a discount they are fully entitled to. I will be asking for an apology.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Save Teignmouth Minor Injuries Unit

You can sign the petition here: http://signme.org.uk/1034 Did The Teignbridge Conservative leader know in September of the proposal to close Teignmouth MIU and say nothing.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Teignmouth Hospital Minor Injuries Unit

Proposed closure of Teignmouth Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit, to be discussed at town council meeting on Tuesday (6.30pm Bitton House). Public may attend. "Agenda item 7. Teignmouth and Dawlish Health Services – To inform members of the proposals for how the community health services should be delivered in the future. Jenny Turner and Dr Matthew Fox will be speaking" Teignmouth is a wholly NHS owned hospital; however Dawlish is a PFI hospital.I can't help but wonder if the decision to centre MIU at Dawlish could be financially based, for instance, the NHS is paying for the hospital and the MIU at Dawlish presumably it 'pays for the space' even if the MIU is shut - on the other hand, if you mothball Teignmouth MIU you save money.