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Labour County Councillors call for Household Recycling Centres in Staffordshire to be reopened urgently
With a surge in flytipping, advice from Staffordshire fire service against lighting bonfires and complaints from residents troubled by smoke from waste burning which aggravates their breathing difficulties, it is now time to urgently reopen Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres.
Labour’s Leader of the Opposition, County Councillor Charlotte Atkins and Deputy Leader County Councillor Kyle Robinson have raised their concerns with County Council leaders. Their response has been that coordination is required to ensure all waste tips open at the same time and that Government guidelines mean that drivers taking waste to tips might be fined as these trips would be classed as non essential.
County Councillor Charlotte Atkins who represents Leek South said:
‘It is perfectly possible for tips to be opened and for social distancing to be observed. People queue to get into supermarkets so why not in their cars at recycling centres?
‘Some councils have already reopened their tips as disposing of excess waste has now become vital for many families who are generating far more while stuck at home trying to keep their children occupied and safe. I am sure our ingenious Staffordshire County staff could find a way to reopen the sites safely for limited periods with access controlled. Otherwise we are going to be
overwhelmed by more flytipping.’
County Councillor Kyle Robinson who represents the communities of Butt Lane,Talke and Red Street said:
‘I have received numerous complaints from local residents about the nuisance of an increase in people burning household waste in their gardens. This is having a detrimental impact on the health and well – being of people and putting an added burden on our local fire service.
‘I understand the desperation of families trying to dispose of excess waste by burning it. But in densely populated communities like Butt Lane, Talke, Red Street and Kidsgrove any fire impacts badly on neighbours and can be incredibly harmful to those with existing breathing difficulties. We need to have the tips reopened urgently to avoid community frustration with the lack of action turning into anger.’
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has agreed to adopt the motor neurone disease (MND) Charter in support of local people living with this terminal disease and their carers.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis, and more than half within two years. There is no cure.
Unfortunately, MND is still little understood and this contributes to many people with the disease not receiving the care and support they need. The MND Charter was launched to change this.
Councillor Kyle Robinson, who proposed the adoption, said “I am delighted our council has agreed to adopt the MND Charter. It is vital that more people are aware of the needs of people with MND so those living with this devastating disease can maximise their quality of life and die with dignity”.
Chris James, Director of External Affairs for the MND Association said “The importance of the MND Charter is undeniable. We want everyone to be clear that access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time, as set out in our Charter, can transform lives.”
For further information please visit www.mndassociation.org/mndcharter
In recent months many parents have contacted me to say that they sometimes struggle to get an appointment at the doctors either for themselves or for their kids. We all know that NHS services continue to be under pressure partly due to underfunding and a huge demand on services.
I was reading about the Minor Ailment Scheme or Minor Ailment Service and it could be a big help to families and elderly people if the service is used properly. As a local Councillor I am regularly given updates about our health service and I show a keen interest in local NHS services. However this was the first I had heard about such a scheme. The main aim is to encourage people not to visit the GP with minor ailments in the hope this will free up more appointments for people in serious need.
So now I know a bit more about the scheme I have taken the liberty of listing all the local pharmacies in Kidsgrove and the wider area that are signed up to the Minor Ailment Scheme. Please see the section below for local pharmacies.
So what is it and how can the scheme help you?
Minor Ailment Schemes exist in some parts of the UK. These schemes allow pharmacies to provide you with medicines for free on the NHS, as well as giving over the counter advice and support about how to care for minor conditions yourself.
The medicines covered by the scheme vary depending where in the UK you live, so you will need to talk to a pharmacy that signs up to the scheme in your local area.
Eligibility is quite clear. Anyone who doesn’t normally have to pay for prescriptions from their GP – for example because they are under 16, over 60 or on benefits is eligible for the scheme and will not need to pay for the medicine that the pharmacist suggests.
Which local pharmacies sign up to the scheme?
- Lloyds Pharmacy – 42 Market Street, Kidsgrove, Stoke On Trent, ST7 4AB
- Well Kidsgrove – Mount Road, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4AY
- Well Goldenhill – Ann Street, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5QJ
- Well Talke – Freeport, Jamage Rd, Talke Pits, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 1QD
- Packmoor – 1 Samuel Street, Packmoor, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4SR
- Well Chesterton – 21-23 London Road, Chesterton, N-u-L, ST5 7EA
- Boots and Asda stores with a pharmacy also sign up to the service.
Your pharmacy may be able to help with:
- Hay fever
- Head lice
- Nappy rash
- Sore throat
There are a few things to remember regarding the Minor Ailment Scheme:
The minor ailment scheme is not a national scheme. It is not possible to say exactly which medical conditions are covered because this will vary depending on the location and the particular service.
The scheme is designed to offer medication to meet an acute need. It is not an opportunity for parents to stock up on free children’s medications. If a pharmacist thinks someone is abusing the system, they can refuse any request for treatment at their discretion.
The pharmacist has no obligation to provide branded medication such as Calpol. If there is a cheaper generic version available that is known to be equally effective, it is likely that will be provided instead.
(Some information obtained via http://www.nhs.uk)