Newsletter 22.11.2020

SHOEBURY MATTERS – 22.11.2020

 

Surgery at Eagle Way – You are probably aware that the surgery at Eagle way is closing at the end of the year. Below is details of a letter sent by Peter Lovett to the local councillors and James Duddridge –

For around 10 years now, we have been working with the CCG about the growing concern over the lack of doctors in our area and the urgent need for a new Health Centre.

In fact they attended our AGM 3 years ago, where we were told that most Shoebury doctors are nearing retirement age and we already have a shortage of doctors in our area, with only 65 / 70% of our residents using local doctors, many choosing to use Rochford, Wakering or Thorpe Bay as the only alternative available to them. They were supporting us building a new Health Centre in Shoebury.

However, since this meeting, the situation has escalated considerably for the following reasons:

1 – The Eagle Way Surgery has decided to close on December 31st 2020 due to increased regulations & bureaucracy, taking all their staff to their Benfleet surgery and leaving 2,231 patients without health support.

2 – Shoebury is the only town in the highly populated area of Southend that has land , albeit on Grade 3 Flood plains, where hundreds of new houses / apartments have been built with fresh planning applications for yet more residential homes every week. This will exacerbate the situation even further.

3 – Like other Towns, Rochford & Wakering are also suffering huge increases in the new property market and their doctors are already making decisions to remove all patients that do not live in their area in order for them to cope.

4 – The CCG has just opened a new Health Centre at St Lukes and have promised that Shoebury will be the next on their list. However, the team that attended our AGM  in 2017 made the same promise then, but after the CCG appointed a new team, we had to start all over again. Shoebury has received many similar promises over the years, but they have never materialised.

As a caring Association we are very worried about the outcome of this decision and plead with you to offer some support or guidance, which we can pass onto our residents.

Though good news from NORTH SHOEBURY SURGERY – Over the last few weeks we have been in discussions with various clinicians, the surgery can share that we have now taken on further staff. • 2 x Doctors • Practice nurse • Advance Nurse Practitioner • Physicians associate • Pharmacist

These new members are in addition to those we already have at the surgery.  We are also in the process of training further Care Navigators to assist with the appointments and general day to day running of the surgery.

2 HCA staff, will shortly complete their phlebotomy training, which will increase the quantity of blood tests we are already performing on a daily basis.

North Shoebury Surgery has continued to operate with full staff throughout the pandemic. It hasn’t been easy for the staff or the patients, we have helped support other surgeries with 24hr Blood Pressure monitoring along with 24hr ECG monitoring when required.

A whole new way of operating the appointment system was required, options to upload and save images to help with triage calls / video calls have been implemented, this is to help with the minimal face to face appointments currently available, due to the guidance lines in place.  The clinicians once a patient has been triaged will determine if face to face is required in the surgery and will provide them with a time slot.

Under the new management team we would like to assure everyone that we will continue to improve and progress over the coming months / years with the services available.

Any new patients wishing to register, we have new patients packs available which provide you with all the information needed in regards to appointment making, requesting your repeat prescriptions, other services available such as home visiting team, social prescriber, the out of hours service also operated from the surgery, email addresses for contacting departments within the surgery etc.

We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout and hope you all stay safe and well.

 

Council supports local retailers – Do you offer a click and collect service? If so, we would like to help promote it, to both residents of the borough of Southend-on-Sea and to visitors. We would like to ensure that all businesses that have a click and collect service (new or established) are featured on our VisitSouthend (www.visitsouthend.co.uk) website.

 

NHS Essex Child Health app – The new NHS Essex Child Health app is live. NHS Essex Child Health is an extension of the pre-existing Mid Essex Child Health app and has been designed to support parents, grandparents and carers across Essex find NHS advice at their fingertips to help look after their children’s health and recognise when they are unwell.

App store: – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mid-essex-child-health/id1447060404?mt=8

 

Southend Borough Council wants your views on the draft Conservation Area Appraisals that have been produced. Your feedback will help us understand your views on the Appraisals, the Conservation Areas themselves and whether there is anything else to consider in terms of relevant local history.

The Borough’s Conservation Areas have special value for the community; they are visible links with our past and offer attractive contrasts to modern environments, and so it is important to ensure the special character of these areas are protected and sympathetic enhancements encouraged. This local distinctiveness can provide a catalyst for regeneration and inspire well designed new development. The Council has a duty to review existing Conservation Area designations from time to time to ensure they are up to date and relevant. These Conservation Area Appraisals will form part of the evidence base for the Southend New Local Plan. The Issues and Options stage of the Southend New Local Plan can be access via Important Links.

Your comments will be considered when producing the final version of the Conservation Area Appraisal(s) for consideration for adoption by the Council.  Visit – https://yoursay.southend.gov.uk/conservation-area-appraisals-consultation

 

From C2C – We have announced today that we will be operating a new timetable, with reduced services, from Monday 23rd November. This is as a direct result of the Covid pandemic and it is not a decision we have taken lightly. The new timetable is due to both rising staff unavailability, and a steep decline in passenger numbers. We are focusing the capacity that we do have available around the busiest current times of travel: early morning services, late-afternoon trains, and school services to Southend.

Full information is available online here: https://www.c2c-online.co.uk/media-centre/latest-news/reduced-timetable-23-nov/.

Please don’t fly-tip outside charity shops – Residents are being urged not to leave their unwanted household items outside charity shops as they face the risk of being fined for fly-tipping. Over the past two weeks, there has been a substantial increase in items being left by their doors as people clear their homes out. This constitutes fly-tipping, and as such, anyone found to be leaving items outside charity shops could face a £400 fine. Unlike when the country went into national lockdown in March, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) remain open for public use. For opening times, please visit our HWRC pages. Residents can also put textiles and clothes out on their usual collection day

 

Primary School Admissions – If you have a child born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you need to apply for your school place by 15 January 2021.

Veolia have set up a quiz just for fun –

https://forms.gle/hYqYyEw14jQ4RY6JA

 

Planning applications week ending 20.11.2020

Reduce 2 Poplar Trees by 50% (T1 and T2) in rear garden (Application for works to Trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order) – The Rifle Lodge Parade Walk Shoeburyness

Erect single storey rear extension, two storey side extension, install roof lights to front and rear, alter elevations (Amended Proposal) – 15 Blackgate Road Shoeburyness Essex

 

Application to vary conditions 02 (Approved Plans), 17 (details of levels of building, footpaths

and other landscaped areas), 19 (water infrastructure and drainage strategy) and 20 (details of

hard and soft landscaping) – updated plans to include alterations to proposed building,

adjustment of external steps, removal of car lift and revised wording of pre-commencement

conditions 17, 19 and 20 to be changed from pre-demolition to pre-construction above slab

level-(Minor Material Amendment of Planning Permission 17/01245/FUL dated 01/02/2018 – 14 Lodwick Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

 

Erect single storey rear extension – 44 Richmond Avenue Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

 

Erect two storey dwelling house with detached carport and associated amenities and parking

to front (Amended Proposal) – Land Adjacent 16 Torrington Shoeburyness

 

Demolish existing workshop and erect replacement building comprising of 3 workshops and

storage area in roof – Rear Of 141 West Road Shoeburyness

 

Erect part single/part two storey side and rear extension with roof lantern to rear – 150 Maplin Way

 

Erect three dwellinghouses with dormers to rear, amenity space and parking to front –

Land Adjacent to Bridge House Ness Road Shoeburyness

 

Convert garage into habitable accommodation, alter front and side elevations (Retrospective) –

179 Bishopsteignton Shoeburyness Essex