TRAFFIC THROUGH THE VILLAGE
As most people in the Village are aware, the Parish Council has been
attempting for many years to get Kent Highways to implement some form of
traffic calming through the Village. The response has always been the same
– a limited budget and high demand, coupled with the absence of road
fatalities means Acol (with the highest Council Tax rates in Thanet) are a
very low priority!
The best we have achieved to date is the inclusion of a future Columbus Avenue
to Shottendane Road extension to provide a bypass for Acol in the TDC Local
Plan, which may or may not come to pass within the next 30 years! In the
meantime we have to suffer speeding through the village – particularly in the late
evenings and early mornings – and more importantly the damage inflicted on cars
parked in The Street, ranging from simple removal of wing mirrors to major
damage to cars and walls and even write-offs, caused by late night revellers.
At a Parish Council meeting on 8th March, KCC Councillor Roger Latchford advised
that there was some money in his KCC member allocation fund, which could be
made available to Acol Parish Council in the form of a grant, for a project which
would be of benefit to the community. The proposal for the use of this money,
which would be matched by local funding, was for the Parish Council to purchase
and install CCTV cameras to allow us to monitor the section of the Street from
the corner of Margate Hill to Dilnot Lane, and to record the Registration
Numbers of any vehicles involved in damaging property, fixed or vehicular, 24/7.
The cameras would be mounted on the lamp/telegraph post outside the Village
Hall, and would be connected wirelessly to monitoring/ recording equipment
housed in Orchard Cottage. While this equipment would not be able to monitor
speed, it would at least allow victims to identify perpetrators of damage to their
parked vehicles or property.
The Parish Council unanimously agreed to progress the details, finalise the
costings, earmark the funding in their reserves and submit an application for a
grant to Councellor Latchford. (See Minutes pp. 5, 6)
FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
17th Apr 2.30pm AHS LATE SPRING SHOW
18th Apr 6.30pm VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AGM
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND
Winners for the Month of April 2016 were:
Member no. 17, who won 1st prize of £20.50
Member no. 182, who won 2nd prize of £12.30 and
Member no. 91, who won 3rd prize of £8.20
Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne on 01843
840901. The next draw will be on 4th May 2016.
ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY and WINCHEAP ALLOTMENTS ASSOC.
LATE SPRING SHOW
For Daffodils and Tulips
Open to Members and Non Members
SUNDAY 17th APRIL
Acol Village Hall
Doors Open 2.30 – 4.30pm Staging Judging 5.00pm
Afternoon Tea 4.30 – 5.00p Entry £1
DATES FOR 2016
All events take place in Acol Village Hall:
Sunday 17th April Acol Horticultural Society LATE SPRING SHOW
Monday 18th April, 6pm, Acol Village Hall Management Committee Annual General
Meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Thursday 5th May, all day, ELECTION of a Police and Crime Commissioner.
Thursday 23rd June, all day, E.U. REFERENDUM.
MOBILE LIBRARY (For the Time Being):
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Mondays 18th April, 16th May. (2nd May is a Bank Holiday)
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local representative.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
18th April 25th April
Ring TDC, 577115, to arrange collection if you are unable to put your bins out.
Or Ring the ‘Recycle for Thanet’ line on 577727 with any queries you may have.
REGULAR VILLAGE HALL DIARY DATES
(Mon. & Fri. evenings are now clear, if any group should need to use the Hall)
Monday afternoons (term time) – Pam’s People
First Tuesday evening – AHS meeting
All other Tuesday evenings, 6-7pm – Dance Fitness Class
Alternate Wednesday evenings – Life Drawing Art Group
Every Thursday evening – Art Group Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
Monthly, Saturdays – Phoenix Quilters. Check hall calendar or email for dates.
PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE
Ring Parish Council on Mondays (9am-5pm) on 844706, or the day after a
Bank Holiday, or the Clerk any day (9am-5pm) on 882243.
JOHN N ING
All aspects of security supplied and installed
by dependable and established local locksmith
Locks – Keys – Master Keying – Safes
Door Entry Systems
Free Quotations – Lockout and Emergency
Service – Insurance Specification Work
& Security Upgrades
For Personal and Friendly Service call John Ing
Tel : (01843) 843494 Mobile 07801 182348
Meadow-Holt, The Street
Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA
At Your Service……..
SIR ROGER GALE
holds regular advice surgeries for
Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
– for appointments and for advice
on urgent problems:
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from
Page: 07626 802961 (24-hour)
Write: Sir Roger Gale MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
London, SW1A 0AA.
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Acol Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 3.00pm
in the Village Hall, Acol can be found in the Minutes & Agendas section.
“POOL” APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
To increase the availability of GP appointments on a daily basis, once all prebookable
appointments have been taken, a new “Pool” system has been introduced. Patients are
offered an appointment, in half hour blocks, between 10.30 and 12.30, where they are
invited to attend the surgery and sit and wait for the next available GP. This system has
been trialled during the past few weeks and has been very successful in meeting the high
demand for GP appointments and will now be maintained as demand necessitates.
It must be stressed however, that this is not a “drop-in” facility, patients must first
book such an appointment in the usual way.
AS A MATTER OF INTEREST
You might like to know that, at present, the Practice has just over 8000 patients, and
currently nearly 600 patients attend the surgery every week!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY
All practices now have to submit a monthly report to NHS England of their “Friends and
Family” responses. Subsequently, these monthly figures will now be regularly published in
this newsletter for your information:
Last month patients responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows:
Extremely likely/Likely – 89%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 5%; Unsure/Don’t know – 6%
Disappointingly – a slight increase:
39 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
61 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO THATS STILL 100 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
SO PLEASE! Don’t get complacent! REMEMBER ………………
DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT! KEEP FORGETTING – GET TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
One day IT MIGHT BE YOU who urgently needs an appointment and be told :
“SORRY THEY’VE ALL GONE”!
OUR NEW PROJECT – YOU DECIDE !
We would like your help – PLEASE! What additional equipment or facility do you think
would benefit your surgery the most? Please tell us! What would YOU like?
Various suggestions have been put forward and are displayed on our notice board in the
waiting room, so please feel free to comment or add additional suggestions.
We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you.
Our Annual Spring Fayre will be held on:
SATURDAY 14 TH May @ “OLD SCHOOLS” HALL MINSTER
Tables remain at £9 LARGE OR £7 SMALL
Several tables have already been sold already and only a few remain so BOOK NOW to
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Mid-day onwards on the following
Staff Training – Thursday 28th April; Wednesday 25th May; Thursday 30th June
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 2nd May – All Day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of
course, with holiday periods fast approaching, please don’t forget to plan ahead for your
Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the “NHS 111
Service” via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred
automatically, or you can call direct on “ 111 “, to receive “non urgent” confidential health
advice and information for you and your family.
For Urgent/Life threatening cases please dial “ 999 “ as normal.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in April, or require further
information on any of the above, then please contact: MARY ON THANET 842764
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