AT A recent meeting between the members of the Community Transport organisation for Ellesmere Port & Neston, and officers from the Local Authority's concessionary travel scheme, it was discussed that we need to inform more people about the transport facilities which can be offered to the elderly, disabled and infirm residents of this area.
We have a number of mini-buses which are specially adapted for taking people in wheelchairs, or with walking aids and these buses are able to take groups of people on outings to community centres, social events and similar.
We also have a community car scheme in which drivers who are registered with CTO use their own cars to collect clients from their homes and take them to wherever they need to go, as long as it is within reasonable distance of this area.
For example doctor or clinic or hospitalŠ appointments, to visit friends, shopping, community centres, hairdresser.
In order to register with us please ring 0151 355 3739 and ask for Neil or AlanŠ whoŠ are the organisation co-ordinators.ŠThey will explain the system at greater length to you or send leaflets out.
There is a small mileage cost for the car scheme to cover the drivers' expenses, but there is a mileage charge if a group outing is booked on a bus.Š
As well as seeking clients to use our transport, we also need volunteer drivers - as all our drivers are volunteers - who would be willing to either drive our buses, and they will be given full MIDAS training for this, or for driving clients in their own cars.
The more drivers we have, the less each one will be asked to do.
I myself, find it very satisfying and made many friends through this.
All volunteers have to be police checked before taking on the role of driving.
We look forward to having lots of enquiries and new clients, not only from the Neston/Parkgate side of the area, but Ellesmere Port and its environs as well.
CTO board member
I demand public meeting with MP
AGAIN I ask if our cowardly Labour MP, Mr Miller, who appears too busy 'currying' favour with a business that isn't even in our constituency, will accept my challenge to a 'one on one' debate between myself and him at the Civic Hall. The title of the debate is to be, 'Is the Labour Party like the Labour Government in decline and should MPs who have abused their expenses resign?'. I will also include important local issues such as Housing Stock Transfer, Sports facilities, the new Academy and Regeneration. Surely these are subjects which he should be most eager to talk about and demonstrate how active he has been on behalf of residents so that his actions can be put under a magnifying glass to see exactly what he has done.
Independent Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
New boundaries do not make sense
AT A full meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council last week we were presented with the council's proposals for new warding arrangements for the next election in 2011. Not only have they reneged on previous promises made about the number of councillors per ward, they have engineered such strangely shaped wards that no community will recognise the bizzare configurations created. For example, the Council seem to think that Elton and Whitby is one linked community and should be in one ward and that Little Neston should not be considered part of the rest of Neston and instead is linked in with Willaston and Hooton.
How have these oddities arisen? Look no further than a Tory controlled council looking to maximise its support in the future by changing the ward boundaries for future elections.
Regardless of which political party you support I would hope most residents would want their council ward to reflect their own community and not some fiction, generated to produce a particular result. Those that share my view may want to let the Boundary Commission know by emailing them at email@example.com by no later than August 4.
Leader of former Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council
Russians know about Vauxhall
IT WAS amusing to read of the threat posed by Russian involvement in a takeover of the European arm of the bankrupt General Motors.
That the Russian people do not know what a Vauxhall is, and so it would lose out to the Opel brand as asserted by professor Kevin Morely is simply untrue.
In the nineteenth century, the word Vauxhall Bokcar was imported into Russian language, and it means a large railway station, after its counterpart in London. It would therefore be entirely understandable that there might be consumer resistance to driving around in a vehicle called a Vauxhall whatever the workers in Ellesmere Port might thing.
M R LEECH
Dental services improvement plea
HOW MANY other carers have to go through this every time the person they care for need to have dental treatment under general anaesthesia.
There is no surgery July and August this year because of the training days at the Countess of Chester Hospital. We only have a half day anyway every weeks. This means that the first agreed date will be in September. I know that the senior dentist at department 3 has contacted the hospital in January to request replacement dates and has not been given any.
I have a letter from last year when I had a meeting with WCPCT and the hospital saying that the hospital will liaise more closely in the future.
Why should people who have health and disability problem be treated any different?