KENT HIGHWAYS ATTEND PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Three members of the Kent Highways team attended the Parish Council meeting on 5th September. They gave a brief presentation on the strategic
plan for Thanet, and then took questions from PC members and some of the twenty or so villagers who were able to be present.
They described the strategic vision for traffic management as it will impact on Acol. They plan a new road from Brooks End Farm to Minnis Bay to take
traffic away from the A28 and reduce the flow through The Square in Birchington. Another road from Brooks End Farm to Shottendane Road at the
top of Acol Hill will take traffic away from Crispe Road, and the extension of Concorde Avenue to join Shottendane Road will reduce traffic flows in The
Street. However, these schemes will be delivered in conjunction with new housing development, and will require substantial funding to translate them
into reality, and will not happen quickly.
Discussion then turned to the immediate problems and concerns of Villagers.
Short term solutions were needed, in particular to slow down the traffic through the Village, and thus make it safer to walk through the Village and to use the
facilities. It was recognised that we are particularly vulnerable because of the blind bends, absence of pavements and steep hills encouraging speeding into the village.
Paul Valek agreed to take away and consider a comprehensive dossier of problems, compiled by Sheila Bransfield, with a view to finding achievable
improvements in controlling volumes, types and the speed of traffic currently using the Village. He will report back to the Parish Council in a few weeks, but he emphasised that short term measures are constrained by the availability of funding, and have to be prioritised on the basis of crash statistics – thus areas where fatalities or serious physical injuries have occurred have first call on the limited available funds.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
The next draw will be on Wednesday 7th September 2016, and results will be published in next month’s edition. Should you have any questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2016
Vaccination Clinics will be held at the surgery on:
Saturday 24th September – between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm
Appointments are now available and can be made in the usual way via the surgery.
SO DON’T DELAY – BOOK YOURS TODAY
Eligible and “at risk” patients will receive a reminder on their “Repeat Prescription List” and will be invited to make an appointment.
If you have any concerns about your eligibility please contact Reception.
BETTER HEALTH & CARE IN EAST KENT – TIME TO CHANGE
You may have seen the recent coverage in the press and on TV concerning the report issued by the “East Kent Strategy Board” which was set up to help determine how best to provide health and social care in East Kent. Further information is now available and can be downloaded at www.eastkent.nhs.uk
OUR NEW PROJECT
To purchase an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) screening device to help diagnose patients who suffer with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). This is a circulatory problem where narrowing arteries can cause reduced blood flow to your limbs. Groups more likely at risk of PAD include those with Hypertension, Diabetes, Overweight and Heavy Smokers.
Full details can be found on our notice board in the surgery.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – Win £100 Cash and much more!
We will be launching our “GRAND RAFFLE” with nearly £500 worth of prizes including £100 cash prize, Hand Made Rocking Horse, Luxury Christmas Hamper and many more.
Tickets will be on sale at the “Flu Days” and thereafter at the surgery. The draw will be made at our Annual Christmas Bazaar.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held on SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER.
As this is our most popular event, Tables are highly sought after, and are on sale NOW!
So please book early to avoid disappointment, as some have already been sold!
Please see poster on page ? of this issue.
Last Month, 12 less patients missed their Doctors appointment – Thank You!
whereas 15 more missed their Nurses appointment which is disappointing.
As result: 38 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT and
71 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO THATS STILL 109 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
WHY BOTHER making an appointment (difficult enough at times!) and NOT USE IT?
DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT! KEEP FORGETTING – GET TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
* *BUT A SINCERE “THANK YOU” TO THOSE WHO DO CANCEL OR APOLOGISE! * *
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY
Last month patients responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows:
Extremely likely/Likely – 86% ; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 7% ; Unsure/Don’t know –
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Mid-day onwards on the following days:
Staff Training – Thursday 29th September: Wednesday 19th October; Thursday 24th November.
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of course, please don’t forget to include all the family who may require repeat prescriptions and check when their medication review appointment is due.
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 September, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact Mary Hodgson on 842764.
THANET RURAL SPEED WATCH
The Scheme operates in the villages of Thanet
If you have spare time and wish to slow the speeding motorists through our villages this is one way in which to help
To find out more contact the Coordinator Iris Osborne 01843 840901 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Saturday 1rst October 2016
starting at 7.30pm.
Teams of eight per table
Entry: £3 per head
(Bring your own drink)
ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Assoc. HONEY SHOW
Saturday 24th Sept.
Marquee behind Acol
Doors Open 2.30pm
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local
SPEEDWATCH Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for information and updates.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
5th September 12th September
19th september 26th September
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
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 me 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 832243.
Please ring these numbers if you have problems and do not know who to contact.
YOUR M.P. 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 10.00)
Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS –
London, SW1A 0AA
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
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