Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Social Care

Increasing need for Social care.

Sometimes I think we take for granted the exceptional GP services we have locally, I had a recent health scare and I can not praise the team at the Arundel GP surgery enough,  Also we have an excellent hospital in St Richards which again were exceptional in their care, they were smart and helpful in the way they delivered the services and I understand they are also in surplus, which shows hospitals can do it with good management.

But even if you have one of the best hospitals in the country which St Richards is you have the issue of Social care for older and vulnerable patients who bed block due to need of Social care.  The County Councils budgets have been cut and this inevitably means problems in keeping up with demand and rising expectations.

I think Theresa May has an opportunity to define her premiership not just by Brexit but by radically overhauling Social Care, I would firstly give the NHS the responsibility of Social Care, The County Council should still raise the money, but pass it on directly to the NHS, you would then eliminate the ding & dong situation of two suppliers each trying to avoid cost by passing the buck.

The NHS could then develop halfway houses for patients who need to go home, but also as a triage for patients that may need to go to hospital proper,  you could develop and take over the network of carers as well as having a day centre facility,

But I would also be radical on paying for it, in the USA you have a facility where as the state can lend money to seniors against their property, taking a charge over the property, eg allowing for seniors to stay in their properties until they either pass on or need to go to a care home, if care packages could be financed in this way allowing for people to stay in their homes for longer whilst having carers come in, then this would be one one of financing the need which will increase with the average age of citizens getting older.  It would also allow for an eventual sale with the homeowner being able to pass some of the value via inheritance, whether you think I am right or wrong, we do need to have a conversation very soon to resolve one of the most difficult issues facing most of us in the next few years. until next month.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Lets have the true facts to decide (Arundel By-Pass)

Traffic is building.
Bypass Protest groups have been slowly manoeuvring over the last six months, Emma & Mike Tristam has their group called Arundel Bypass neighbourhood committee but they are based in Binsted so it’s a misnomer .

There have been innocuous groups popping up on Facebook called Arundel Chat (recently re-named Arundel Bypass chat)and anyone connected to Arundel or the surrounding area have been given invitations and made members, I think this is in effect a Trojan horse for the protest group and members are being corralled ready for anti by-pass spin.

All households in Arundel have been bombarded with purple leaflets mentioning a Purple route which is in effect an on-line solution eg a Dual carriageway through Arundel.

Just under three years ago we were being told that the Pink Blue route would result in Shoreham like concrete monstrosities being built over the Arun valley, despite evidence that the By-Pass would be on earth bunds with vegetation to mitigate the effect.

The lie regarding the Flyover becomes apparent when you look at the purple route leaflet which shows earth bunds, so if the purple route can have earth bunds why can't the pink blue route?

Michael Tu when he was Mayor made a deal with Walberton Parish that they wouldn’t support an online solution if Arundel Town Council didn’t support the Binsted route, That agreement still stands, so the Binsted group are going against the spirit of that agreement by supporting an online solution.
For the record I am against an online bypass  solution (Purple route), I am against the Binsted route, I am in favour of the Pink Blue route which is still registered as the preferred route with the Department of Transport, I was elected on that manifesto pledge so I feel that I have a mandate to campaign on that basis. Many of these groups are being controlled and funded by Brighton environmentalists rather than local Arundel residents.

Let's have an open and factual debate based on the true facts and not half truths, some of the half truths are“Local Traffic”. Protesters they that the vast majority of Arundel traffic is local traffic, but they use WSCC definition of local traffic as 15 miles radius, so that's beyond Shoreham Airport, Bosham and Billinghurst.

Binsted Ancient Woodland, Binsted is an Ancient Cultivated woodland, currently planted with conifers which will be harvested as other trees going back 500 years have been.

Environmental impact, it is well known that air quality will improve rather than deteriorate if the bypass is built, Storrington has some of the worst air quality measurements in the Uk thanks to rat running to avoid the Arundel log jam.

Until next Month

Support an Offline Bypass

Support an Offline Bypass
Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass

Arundel video

Should Councillors be more active on Social Media

Your Council

Your Council
Arun District Councillors first meeting after election

Need a hotel

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass