Notice from Test Valley Borough Council: Re-adoption of Part II Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

This notice dated 14 February 2018 (20180214_Part11LGAmisc-prov-Act1976) concerns the readoption of the provisions of Part  II Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 by Test Valley Borough Council.  Part II of the 1976 Act contains provision in relation to the licensing of private hire and hackney carriage vehicles, drivers and operators (taxis and minicabs).

Winter weather update from Hampshire County Council

Please see the message below from Hampshire County Council:

Dear Members,

 

With weather forecasts warning of some of the coldest weather in recent years, with sub zero temperatures across the county, and snow showers likely, at least in the East and North of Hampshire early next week,  I thought you would welcome an update on our highways preparations.

 

Despite much more frequent salting already this winter due to frosts, our salt barns have good stocks of around 13,000 tonnes, with further deliveries due next week.  All of the 3000 or so community salt bins are full, and we have issued communications advising how to make best use of these bins – i.e. a little salt goes a long way – as we expect the cold spell to be prolonged and we may not be able to replenish these bins immediately if we are dealing with snow and ice on the main road network.  The main road (Priority 1) network has already been treated several times, and teams will be out continuously over the weekend.  These ‘Priority one’ routes cover approximately one third of the county road network but carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic; covering A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges. The new winter vehicles can be quickly fitted with snow ploughs and they are equipped with the latest GPS technology to make sure salting operations are as efficient as possible. Gritters will start on the Priority 2 network on Sunday to ensure these roads, including single accesses to villages, are treated ahead of any forecast snow.  Early Monday morning, crews will set out to treat Hampshire’s community routes in the North and East of the county, which include minor roads to smaller schools and GPs surgeries.

 

We have alerted the 100+ volunteer farmers we are able to call on to be ready to fit County Council snow ploughs (stored on the farms) to their tractors to carryout any local snow ploughing which may be needed, in addition to our work on the main routes.  We are also deploying salt wicks, which are similar to sandbags – but designed to increase salinity in known areas of water seepage onto the highway.  These ensure that any water running off fields and onto the roads is salty, and helps put salt onto the roads as well, ahead of the forecast freeze.  It is also worth remembering that salt begins to lose its effectiveness when temperatures dip below -5C, and it is likely that we will see some very cold overnight temperatures in the next week or two, according to the forecast.  We are advising all road users to be prepared before setting out on journeys and to take extra care as a result of the likely weather conditions.

 

We are also working with colleagues in the district councils to ensure town high streets and precincts are treated as necessary , and we have already supplied salt to a number of district councils for them to use to treat footways and pedestrian areas.  I will provide you with another update early next week, when we hope to have greater certainty on the detailed weather patterns we can expect during the forecast very cold spell.

 

Regards
Stuart Jarvis 
Director of Economy, Transport and Environment

Message for residents, from NHS West Hampshire CCG

 
Dear friends and community groups

As you may have read in the Press, the NHS in Hampshire is under severe pressure at the moment because a lot of people are attending Emergency Departments.

I am writing to you today to ask you to spread the message throughout your communities for people to check on older or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they have enough prescription medication and over the counter remedies.

We also advise that if people are unwell, they should get advice from other parts of the NHS including:

  • NHS Choices website –  https://www.nhs.uk  for advice on a wide range of illnesses and conditions
  • Local pharmacists – who are health professionals and able to give advice
  • NHS 111 – if you need urgent advice (and you cannot wait until your GP surgery reopens)
  • Local hubs – people can make an appointment by calling their own GP surgery or NHS 111.

    Appointments are available with a GP or practice nurse at the ‘extended hours’ hubs, which are open every weekday until 8pm at Andover, Winchester, Romsey, Hedge End, Totton, Ringwood and  Lymington.  Weekend opening times vary and only Lymington is open on New Year’s Day.

Please could you also warn people to take extra care during this cold snap to avoid trips, slips and falls on icy surfaces.

We know local people understand the NHS is under huge pressure and thank them for contacting other parts of the NHS, to avoid putting added strain on our hospitals.

People should only dial 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

More information about local services, including the ‘extended hours’ hubs and pharmacy opening times for New Year’s Day, is available on our websitewww.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk

I would like to thank you for your support and wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

Yours sincerely
 
Heather Hauschild
Chief Officer

Boundary Commission for England’s revised proposals for the parliamentary constituency of Test Valley

Boundary Commission for England has published its revised proposals for the parliamentary constituency of Test Valley.  The following is from their website:

Our Revised proposals, published on 17 October 2017, set out the new constituencies in the South East. You have until 11 December 2017 to tell us what you think of them.

View the website and comment here.