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Hampshire County Council News - August 2018

The August edition of the Hampshire County Council News can be viewed here. Topics include:

  • Investing in our libraries for the future
  • New internationally inspired menu for secondary schools launches
  • Celebrating a brand new look for Lepe Country Park
  • County Farms support Hampshire’s thriving rural economy
  • Keep them entertained at Hampshire country parks and outdoor venues this summer

 

HCC Transport Consultation

Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views in a public consultation on proposed changes to street lighting, supported passenger transport services and the concessionary travel scheme. This follows the Shaping Hampshire: Balancing the Budget public consultation in 2017 which identified residents’ priorities.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “We’ve had to look hard at all services the County Council provides to close the funding shortfall brought about by reduced funding for council services and rising demand for social care for both adults and children."
 
“We are, therefore, having to consider how we reduce the subsidies we provide to support those bus services which are not commercially viable to contribute to these savings. Our priority is to direct resources to where they are most needed, and I’m pleased to say that the County Council’s Cabinet agreed earlier this year to protect the community transport service which provides vital support for elderly and disabled residents in particular."

The County Council is seeking to make savings by making changes to financial support for public transport services.
 
Feedback from passengers will be carefully looked at, alongside data on passenger journeys and the cost of providing individual routes or services to inform final recommendations for consideration later this year.

Councillor Humby continued: “It’s important we hear people’s views so we can make informed decisions. It may be that service frequencies on subsidised routes are changed, or the days on which some services run, so we particularly need to hear from the people who use these routes what they think about potential changes.”


Community Transport schemes, such as Dial-a-Ride, Call and Go, and the Minibus Group Hire Schemes are not included in these proposals but people will be asked whether the discretionary discount for holders of older persons’ bus passes on community transport should be continued. The consultation also includes proposals about publicity and information produced by the County Council along with the support given to some organisations.


The County Council is also asking residents their views on proposals to switch off some street lights for two or more hours during the night. This would mean that some areas of the county would have no street lighting for a period of the night time.
 
Organisations can help the County Council by promoting this consultation widely so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part and respond to this.Further information, the online questionnaire and a full list of public transport subsidised services is available online now at www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations. The consultation closes just before midnight on 5 August 2018. Paper copies will be available on request by calling: 0300 555 1388.

NHS - Extended Hours Primary Care Hubs

Patients are able to see a GP, Nurse and Healthcare assistant in the evenings and at weekends. There are six extended hours services at Andover, Winchester, Romsey, Lymington, Ringwood and Hedge End open to all patients registered at a GP Practice in the West Hampshire CCG area.Patients are able to see a GP, Nurse and Healthcare assistant in the evenings and at weekends. There are six extended hours services at Andover, Winchester, Romsey, Lymington, Ringwood and Hedge End open to all patients registered at a GP Practice in the West Hampshire CCG area.
 
These services have been funded by NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and are run by the local NHS providers including local GP Federations Mid Hampshire Healthcare Ltd, Tri Locality Care Ltd and Eastleigh Southern Parishes Network Ltd, and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS Extended Hours

Annual Parish Assembly, 19th March 2018

The Annual Boldre Parish Assembly is on Monday 19th March 2018 at 19:00hrs in Boldre War Memorial Hall.

Residents are encouraged to attend and ask questions about the Parish and what the Council undertakes.

Most Parish Councillors will be present, and the Chairman (Oliver Moore) will review the year and outline initiatives and events for 2018-19.

Our guest speaker wiil be Mr Stephen Groves who will outline the work his team are due to do to help clear ditches and clean the highway surface for the future.  Mr Groves manages and supervises tasks for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.

This work will take place when traffic restriction bollards have been installed by Hampshire County Council in the springsummer period this year.  Access by unsuitable vehicles will be prevented once the bollards are in place, preventing damage and fly-tipping down the lane.

Concessionary Travel - Bus Pass Renewal

Important Information For Passes Ending 31 March 2018

Hampshire County Council new concessionary bus passes will be issued prior to expiry in March 2018.

It is not necessary to enquire about a new bus pass unless your circumstances, address or appearance have changed.

If you do not receive a replacement bus pass once your current pass expires please contact the concessionary travel team via email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or ring 0300 555 1376 or visit the HCC website:- www.hants.gov.uk/transport