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SPELTHORNE COMMITTEE FOR ACCESS NOW

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SPELTHORNE COMMITTEE FOR ACCESS NOW

    SPELTHORNE COMMITTEE FOR ACCESS NOW

     An Independent Voluntary Organisation

    NEWSLETTER

    SCAN’s WEB SITE www.scanweb.org

IN THIS ISSUE

    Page 2 Cross-Over Cowboys

    Page 3 Spelthorne Community Care Forum Meeting Dates Page 3 Spelthorne Crossroad‟s Spring Fayre

    Page 4 North Surrey Disability Partnership Board Meeting Dates Page 4 Staines Shopmobility - AGM

    Page 4 SPELRIDE Spelthorne‟s Dial A Ride

    Page 5 Guide Dogs Prescription for GP Surgeries

    Page 7 Notice of Spelthorne Road Works

    Page 8 Programme of SCAN meetings for 2005

    Page 8 NEWS IN BRIEF From www.baywatchcampaign.org Page 8 Parking Ticket Trials At Tesco And ASDA

    Page 8 Results from 2005 Survey On Disabled Bay Parking Abuse

SHIRLEY VOLLER

    Shortly before this newsletter was due to go to print, SCAN members

    were saddened to learn of the death of, former SCAN member, Shirley

    Voller.

Our thoughts are with husband Geoff and her family at this time.

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Thanks to Linda at VAIS for her help with the copying of this newsletter.

    Registered Charity No 1043737

    (Incorporating Spelthorne Volunteer Bureau)

    Community Link, Knowle Green, Staines, Middlesex. TW18 1AX

    VAIS Office Hours Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

    (Ansaphone outside these hours).

    Telephone/Fax: 01784 446358

    Email: Sarahclarke-vais@lineone.net Web www.vais.org.uk

    Volunteer Bureau Office Hours

    Monday to Thursday 9.30 am to 2.30 pm.

    (Ansaphone outside these hours)

    Telephone 01784 444201. Fax: 01784 446358

    Email: Spelthornevb@tiscali.co.uk.

CROSS-OVER COWBOYS From Press Release issued by Surrey

    County Council‟s Local Transportation Service for Spelthorne.

    Local Transportation Director, Paul Fishwick commented "Someone is touting for business in the Spelthorne area and one residential property has recently had a vehicle crossing constructed illegally.

    The County Council, as the highway authority, has a responsibility to manage all work on the local highway network. The introduction of recent legislation requires a much closer liaison between the highway authority and the utility companies when working on the highway. There is a need for public liability insurance to be a minimum of ?5 million, high standards of workmanship by certificated personnel, and close supervision while working on the highway in the presence of underground mains and cables. The practicalities of meeting these requirements mean that only the County Council's contractor may carry out these works.

    Neither the County Council nor its contractor ever 'cold call' for business and if residents get someone touting for business they are strongly

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    advised not to agree to any works. It would be helpful to the Local Transportation Service to know from residents if they are approached in this way, and any incident can be reported by telephoning the Spelthorne Local Transportation Service on telephone number 08456 009 009. The County Council is the proper organisation to approach with any request for a vehicle cross-over on the same number.

SPELTHORNE COMMUNITY CARE FORUMS Meeting Dates

    th Spelthorne Carer's Forum next meeting will be on Monday 25

    April 2005 between 10 am and 12 pm in the Community Link

    Centre, Knowle Green, Staines,

    Spelthorne Older People's Forum next meeting will be thTuesday 12 April 2005 between 12 pm and 2pm in the Goddard

    Room, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines,

    Spelthorne Physical and Sensory Disability Forum - next thmeeting will be on Thursday 5 May 2005 in the Health Promotion

    Room, Staines Health Centre, Knowle Green between 2 pm and 4

    pm.

    For further information about the above forums contact the Forum Administrator on 01932 226629 or email mary.birch@nsurreypct.nhs.uk

SPELTHORNE CROSSROADS SPRING FAYRE

    Saturday 30th April at Shepperton Village Hall

    11.30 2.30pm

    This is their main fundraising event of the year and there will be a huge variety of stalls, games and fun for the children, including the Tombola, Bric a Brac, guess the name of the Teddy.

For further details, please contact Caroline Hunter on 01784 450498.

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NORTH SURREY DISABILITY PARTNERSHIP BOARD

    North Surrey Disability Partnership Board will hold its next meeting at Hythe Community Centre, between 2pm and 4pm on Monday 9th May

    2005

    For further details about the North Surrey Board and how to become a member please contact Donna Holdaway, Partnership and Planning Officer, North Area Management Team, Surrey County Council Adults and Community Care, Phoenix House, St Peter‟s Hospital, Guildford Road, CHERTSEY, KT 16 0QA. Phone number 0208 541 8564 or email donna.holdaway@surreycc.gov.uk.

     STAINES SHOPMOBILITY

    Two Rivers Retail Park, Staines, Middlesex. TW18 4EB

    Telephone: 01784 459416, Fax: 01784 459417

     Email: shopmo.staines@virgin.net Web freespace.virgin.net/shopmo.staines/shopmo.htm Freedom Normal Opening Hours Monday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Late opening until 7.30 pm on the first Accessibility Thursday of each month on a pre-booked basis only. Annual General Meeting rdIndependence Thursday 23 June 2005, Salvation Army Hall, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, 1 pm Confidence Guest Speaker Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council

SPELRIDE SPELTHORNE’S DIAL A RIDE SERVICE

    Accessible Door-to-Door Transport for Disabled and Elderly people living in the Borough of Spelthorne who cannot use conventional public transport. Specially adapted minibuses carry passengers with or without wheelchairs.

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    All the vehicles have steps, handrails and passenger lifts to assist in gaining access to the minibuses. Any person with a temporary disability could also be entitled to join the scheme. Any person who cannot function alone may take an essential escort or carer free of charge. Guide dogs and Hearing dogs will be welcome. A companion may also travel subject to availability of seats at the normal charges.

    The service is available, between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday, to anyone with a mobility problem who resides in the Spelthorne Borough area.

    There is a registration fee of ?5 for three years. Fares will be confirmed at the time of booking and the driver will collect the money at the start of the journey.

    To request a registration form please ring 01784 446253 between the hours of 9.00 am and 2.00 pm. There is also a short publicity video available, which may be borrowed to explain about the scheme. Bookings will be accepted up to 2 weeks in advance of travel.

    It is hoped to develop other services as the demand grows, with updates of any changes and improvements to the service included in a quarterly newsletter.

    Please write to or telephone the Transport Manager, if you have any suggestions, queries or ideas to benefit SPELRIDE and Spelthorne Accessible Transport.

    Spelthorne Accessible Transport, White House Council Depot, Kingston Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3SE.

GUIDE DOGS PRESCRIPTION FOR GP SURGERIES

    SCAN‟s Bill Guest and his guide dog, Carver, recently attended the launch of „Guidelines for Best Practice for GP surgeries‟ by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

    These guidelines were produced following the results of a survey undertaken by the Guide Dogs association, in 2003, which revealed that more than a third of visually impaired people believed that their GP is not fully aware of their needs.

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    The survey identified three key sectors of care delivery in the NHS where there was exclusion of visually impaired people. The association then conducted disability audits across the UK, between May and September of 2004, in one of these areas GP surgeries, the purpose

    being to substantiate the results of the earlier survey.

    The new guidelines are designed to address the problems face by patients with sight loss, such as limited physical assistance, lack of staff awareness, and information not being available in alternative formats such as braille or audio.

GP surgeries are being encouraged to:

    ; Identify all patients with a visual impairment and ask them how

    staff can provide effective support during surgery visits.

    ; Ensure that all staff receive regular training on disability issues

    ; Develop a flagging system on patients‟ notes to alert staff that a

    patient may require assistance

    ; Identify the preferred format of communication for all blind and

    partially sighted patients and ensure that correspondence is sent

    to them in this format.

    ; Regularly maintain entrances to the surgery, ensuring that routes

    remain free of obstructions.

    ; Ensure that all signage is in recommended format and size and

    positioned at a convenient height to be easily read by partially

    sighted patients.

    The Chief Executive for Guide Dogs, Bridget Warr, explains: “There are over a million blind and partially sighted people in the UK; 90% are over 60 years of age.”

    “The NHS must ensure its services are accessible to those people who need them most. Therefore our guidelines are as important to doctors as their medical book, and we hope local practitioners will be contacting us for a copy.”

    Copies of the guidelines can be ordered by telephoning 0118 983 8304, emailing Rebecca.atherton@guidedogs.org.uk.

    Further information about the campaign is available on the Guide dogs Web site at www.guidedogs.org.uk.

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NOTICE OF SPELTHORNE ROAD WORKS

    The following information is an extract from the information bulletin produced by Surrey County Council‟s Local Transportation Service for

    March/April 2005. Works have been excluded from this extract if they were shown to be completed before the date of this newsletter.

Ashford

    B378 Church Road Replacement of Pedestrian Footbridge over railway thtrack. Temporary road closure 22:00 06:00 each night from April 4 thththuntil 9 and April 15 and 16.

     thD3238 Queens Walk Closure of Footbridge over railway from April 4 thththuntil 9 and April 15 and 16.

Shepperton

    D6285 Ferry Lane Construction of shared Cycle / Footway thfrom March 3rd until April 28.

B376 Walton Lane Construction of shared Cycle / Footway stthfrom March 21 until May 13.

    As well as providing a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists using this stretch of road, it also forms part of the National Cycle Network, Route No. 4, and is the first stage of the link between the Ferry Point at the river Thames at Shepperton and Chertsey Bridge.

Staines

    A308 Staines By Pass Installation of Central Reservation Barrier from stndMarch 21 until April 22.

B376 Laleham Road Construction of new Puffin Crossing from March stnd21 until April 22.

Sunbury On Thames

    A244 Upper Halliford Carriageway Resurfacing Road Night time ththroundabout closures from April 4 until April 11.

Edited details are also available on SCAN‟s web site on the current news

    page. Details of the latest news on Road and Street Works can be found on Surrey County Council‟s web site at www.surreycc.gov.uk.

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PROPOSED SCAN MEETINGS 2005

    thThursday 12 May, 2 pm to 4 pm venue to be advised thWednesday 15 June, 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm - venue to be advised thThursday 8 September, 2 pm to 4 pm venue to be advised thWednesday 19 October, 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm - venue to be advised

CONTACTING SCAN

    If you have a project or event that you would like featured in this

    newsletter, please email info@scanweb.org or call 07967 499829 with

    your ideas and/or news items.

NEWS IN BRIEF From www.baywatchcampaign.org

    Parking Ticket Trials At Tesco And ASDA

    The Baywatch campaign has announced that Tesco and Asda have launched nationwide trials to punish drivers who use disabled bays without displaying a blue badge.

    Offenders will be given parking fines of between ?40 and ?50, although this will be reduced if fines are paid early. Asda's trials will cover 100 stores, whilst Tesco's will cover 20 stores. Both chains are warning that people who refuse to pay the fine risk being taken to court.

Results from 2005 Survey on Disabled Bay Parking Abuse

    Between 10 - 16 January 2005, Baywatch volunteers surveyed more than 800 stores from the „Big Four‟ supermarket chains and for the first time other retail outlets, hospitals and rail stations were also surveyed. The results of the surveys were released on 23 February and very disappointingly showed that one in five spaces allocated for disabled drivers is still being abused.

    Further information can be found on the Baywatch web site at www.baywatchcampaign.org.

    While every care has been taken in the compilation of information included in this newsletter, no responsibility is accepted for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any inaccuracy or error in an article that has not been independently substantiated. The inclusion in this newsletter of information does not imply any endorsement or any association with a contributor‟s services or products.

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