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Health Services Planning
Posted 29 Nov 2015, 07:11 by Phil Ellis
Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) are keen to hear your views on a number of health services they are planning to bring closer to where people live, outside of a hospital setting, and these include:
- Dermatology (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Alopecia, Vitiligo)
- Musculoskeletal (Arthritis)
- Ophthalmology (Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration)
- Ear Nose and Throat (Tinnitus, Menieres, Vertigo and Hearing loss)
If you have experience, as a patient or carer, of any of these services or would just like to find out more about our proposals, you are invited to a drop in session to hear your views on future plans and your experiences.
Venue: Niland Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE
Date: Thursday 17 December 2015
Time: Just drop in between 12.30 and 2.30pm
To help with arrangements please confirm if you will be able to attend by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
New Noticeboard for the Village
Posted 14 Nov 2015, 03:52 by Phil EllisYour residents' association has been working with the Parish Council to find a suitable replacement for the vandalised board in New Parade. The new noticeboard has three sides so that the Parish Council, Chorleywood Residents and the Community can post public notices. The cost of the noticeboard has been met by the Parish Council, Chorleywood Residents' Association and a contribution from Chris Hayward Herts County Council Locality Budget. This design is vandal-proof, looks elegant and enhances, what has become a tired and neglected part of our village.
If you wish to place a notice promoting your community group activities and events please contact the Parish Council (tel: 01923 285594). For the moment there will be no charge, however this will be reviewed in the New Year.
If you have anything you would like your residents' association to look into or promote, please contact us: email@example.com.
Chorleywood Sports – First Past the Post!
Posted 5 Oct 2015, 10:07 by Phil EllisChorleywood Sports is the first winner of the Chorleywood in Bloom Best Hanging Basket Summer 2015. The competition was run by the Chorleywood in Bloom group consisting of the Chorleywood Residents Association, Parish Council and Horticultural Society. The group supplies hanging baskets to all the shops and businesses in the village and plants up the tubs there as well. This joint second place went to Chorleywood Book Shop and Eden Rose.Google Presentation
Garden waste collections consultation
Posted 4 Oct 2015, 06:30 by Phil EllisThree Rivers District Council is looking at the future of garden waste collections, in particular whether to continue to collect garden waste as a service chargeable to residents, or to discontinue collections altogether. The Council wants to know what residents think about these options by asking residents to have their say through a public consultation.In common with all other local authorities, Three Rivers District Council is facing ever increasing financial pressure from the government. Cuts in central government grant and restrictions on Council Tax increases mean that it is now faced with the very real possibility of having to cut services or find new sources of income through additional charges. All aspects of the Council’s services are being looked at, including the Council’s refuse and recycling services.The Council has a statutory duty to collect domestic refuse and recycling free of charge, and it is committed to providing a weekly collection for household recycling and food waste. However, when it comes to the collection of garden waste the Council is faced with a difficult decision. The free service which it currently provides is well used and popular with residents, but local authorities are not obliged to collect garden waste; some councils now make a charge for collecting it (around a third of councils in England charge residents for this service) whilst others do not offer a garden waste collection at all.If the Council is to balance its budget in the future it may be forced to either stop collecting garden waste altogether, or start charging for the service, as it currently costs £95 per household per year to collect and dispose of garden waste. These options will be subject to a public consultation until noon on Wednesday 21st October 2015. The Council will use the information obtained to determine whether a sufficient number of households may be prepared to pay a small charge for the collection of garden waste, and what alternative arrangements residents might make for its disposal.The consultation can be viewed at www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/consultationsFor those without access to a computer, please ring 01923 776611 to request a hard-copy of the survey and a reply-paid envelope. Hard copy surveys must also have arrived at the Council offices by noon on Wednesday 21st October 2015.
Broadband Speeds in Chorleywood
Posted 4 Oct 2015, 06:27 by Phil EllisA local resident, who lives on Whitelands Avenue, has discovered he gets nothing like his paid for 152Mbps from Virgin Media at peak times (evenings and weekends). Whilst he doesn't really expect to get the full 152Mbps, the amount he is getting is more like 5Mbps, i.e. about 3% of what they are selling him.He works with the telecoms industry so he phoned their customer services department and was told that there is one single cable that runs into Chorleywood and that VM throttle (limit) the traffic to 5Mbps at peak times or else they couldn't manage the demand.There are two key points to come out of this. Firstly, they are unable to meet the service which they advertise so they offered him a £12.50 refund off his bill every month. This is probably applicable to a lot of people in Chorleywood suffering the same problem with Virgin Media so there is a lot of money that could be saved.Secondly, they currently have a date scheduled for 11th November to significantly increase the bandwidth into Chorleywood. This requires an expensive dig and the date keeps slipping. The reason the date keeps slipping is because few people have bothered calling VM Customer Service and registering a complaint - only 30 in total. The date of 11th November will keep slipping indefinitely unless more people complain to Virgin Media - it's already been slipping for a year.If you are a Virgin Media customer in Chorleywood and feel you are being short changed, contact Virgin Media to get a refund for the slow service and register a complaint to ensure that the infrastructure in Chorleywood eventually gets upgraded.