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FUNDING FOR BUS SERVICE TO HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES WITHDRAWN

If you live in the country and have no transport then you can forget about health care- That’s the message from NHS bosses.

The High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made the decision to end the NHS Transport for the Havens service provided by CTLA Community Transport – the last working day will be Friday 28th September 2018.

The partnership pilot scheme was started in February 2015 and has run successfully for three and a half years transporting patients to practices and clinics in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe and to the Lewes Victoria Hospital.  The service improved access to healthcare for anyone who may otherwise have struggled to reach local health services.​

Within its first two months of operation the pilot scheme signed up over 400 members and has grown to over 1500 registered potential beneficiaries delivering nearly 7,000 passenger journeys per annum.

In a letter sent to service users from Keith Hoare, Community Services Manager for the CCG, he stated:​ “The reason for this decision is because the NHS, both locally and nationally, is currently facing a significant challenge to try to meet a rising demand on services within restricted finances and resources. This has meant that the local NHS can no longer afford all the services that it currently pays for… ​

…this decision does not reflect the quality of the service and it is not one we take lightly as we recognise there are benefits other than clinical that it provided.”​

CTLA Community Transport is the last accessible transport charity of its kind, covering the Lewes District, and would welcome donations to help those affected by these cuts to still reach local health practitioners on their other services. You can make one off donations or a monthly gift by visiting: https://localgiving.org/charity/commtrans/

Even if you have a bus service that runs nearby, with a standard 2 hour frequency or worse on rural routes, you will struggle to fit your appointments round the service.

You may wish to express your opinion to the NHS at keith.hoare@nhs.net

LEWES LABOUR DEBATES TRANSPORT

At its September meeting, the Lewes branch of the Labour party will debate a motion to affiliate to the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment, the local organisation campaigning to replace spending on more and more roads with investment in sustainable public transport.

Readers who are members of the Lewes branch can take part in the debate.  The meeting starts at 7.30 on Thursday 27th September at the Phoenix Centre between the Cliffe car park and Phoenix causeway.

ETHICAL CONSUMER INFORMATION ABOUT ELECTRIC BIKES AND CARS

Ethical consumer magazine has some articles about electric bikes and cars and related issues here

HAVE A SAY ABOUT THE DECLINE OF BUS USE

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into the decline of the bus market in England outside London.

Bus service use is in decline in England, according to annual statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT). While bus use per person has increased by 52% in London over the last 25 years, it has fallen by 40% in other metropolitan areas.

During the inquiry, MPs will consider:

  • ·         bus service reliability
  • ·         how services are run in metro-mayor, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas
  • ·         how they are financed
  • ·         examples of innovation and best practice 

To investigate the above issues further, the Transport Committee want to hear your views.

You can submit written evidence by completing THE
online submission form.

The deadline for written submissions is Monday 24 September 2018.

You can download SCATE’s vision for south coast transport here

ACTION IN SOUTHOVER HIGH STREET AND AROUND

Here is a report from Lewes Living Streets

“Success at last! As you will have seen, in response to local action and petition, we finally got the  20mph roundels on the tarmac along Priory Street and Southover High Street. Many thanks to Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe and to those who have come out to support our pop up demos and signed the petition for these.

20mph roundels should also be going on the tarmac on Station Road (which runs in front of the railway station) and hopefully just beyond the Swan Pub but we have no news of when. The Station Road ones were originally promised as part of the new zebra crossing in 2013!

We will need to keep reminding motorists that 20mph is the speed limit, and the more ways we do this the better. So please keep your 20mph signs in your windows. If you don’t have one and would like to put one up we can supply you with a laminated sign for free. Just email me below and let me know your address.

To back up the new 20mph roundels, Lewes Community Speedwatch used the Police’s Speed Display Device - which shows motorists how fast they are driving - on Southover High Street (at the Cockshut Road junction) on 27th and 31st July. This seemed to reduce traffic speeds with most people reducing their speed to under 20mph and only three or four an hour going over 24mph.

On 1 August at 8am, the speed display device (aimed at with traffic going towards the Kings Head pub) was combined with the “speed gun” (aimed at traffic going towards the Swan). Three offenders were reported to the Police for driving 25-29mph and will receive warning letters from the Police. More speedwatch sessions are planned here.

Later in the year we will be organising another pop up demo waving our 20 mph signs. Watch out for news of this.

 PS: The portable Speed Display Device needs somebody to sit or stand with it just to make sure nobody is tempted to steal it! If you are interested in this or joining Speedwatch and using the speed gun, please contact me. Full training provided.

Kevin Moore, 2 Cleve Terrace, Tel: 01273 471588 or mob: 07771811377  Email: kevin.moore63@btinternet.com

 

EAST SUSSEX ACTIVE CHALLENGE

A new initiative designed to encourage more people to actively commute to work IS launched in East Sussex at the beginning of September. 

Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, is collaborating with local organisations to deliver an interactive workplace challenge, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to commute to work by walking, cycling, using public transport and lift-sharing.

Supported by East Sussex County Council with funding from the Department for Transport's Access Fund, the Active Travel Challenge will run from September 1 to 30, however, people can register now to be in with a chance of winning early bird prizes.

The challenge is open to anyone who works for an organisation in East Sussex and participants can either compete on their own or as part of a team. Once registered, challengers then log their journeys to, from and during work to move up the leader board.

Challengers also have the opportunity to embark on a virtual journey across the South Downs Way. Starting in Winchester, logging two journeys a day will ensure participants complete the challenge and reach Eastbourne, the end of the trail before the competition finishes.

55 per cent drive to work

In East Sussex, 55 per cent of people choose to drive a car or van to work. A fifth of these are trips under 2km because a large proportion of the population both live and work in the same area. Forty per cent of journeys in Newhaven, 48 per cent in Eastbourne and 51 per cent in Bexhill and Hastings are under 5km.

By reaching out to employees who live within 5km of their place of work and beyond, the Active Travel Challenge could have a significant, positive impact by helping to reduce localised congestion and improve employee health.

There are £1,500 worth of prizes and vouchers to be won. Anyone who logs 20 active journeys will automatically be entered into a prize draw to receive a £350 Eurostar voucher. Other prizes include a Kindle, fruit hamper and vouchers for Cotswold Outdoor, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Wiggle and iTunes.

Everyone can benefit because there are a number of rewards and discounts offered by local businesses which can be unlocked by logging journeys.

People can register for the Active Travel Challenge at www.getmeactive.org.uk

READERS WRITE

Norman Baker comments on pavement parking mentioned in the last issue

For information, I wrote while transport minister to every highway authority in England to give them permission to introduce bans on pavement parking. I did so because ESCC kept telling me they had no powers. I do not know what is proposed now by government but in my view councils have the powers they need now.”

He also comments that the rail blockades of the London line are unbelievable.

Bill Ball notes:

“Unusually a bus company has cut a fare. Compass Buses have cut the single fare to or from Lewes to Landport by 10p. The fare has now gone back down to £2.

But it should now be remembered that you can no longer board outside Waitrose, ride round Malling to keep out of the rain & then run down to Landport. If you want to do the Cook`s Tour, you still need the £3 - 40 Lewes Day Ticket.

But if you board in Friars Walk - or anywhere on the Estate, you will be 10p better off.”

Gavin Wraith says:

“ I read in the paper today that it is an offence under a law of 1986 to leave a vehicle's engine running unnecessarily, and that in 2002 powers were given to local councils to issue fixed penalty notices to motorists who do so. I hope this applies to bus drivers. I have often had to suffer unnecessary fumes from the exhaust of stationary buses while waiting at Lewes Bus station. I have nothing but praise for the skill, courtesy and patience of our local bus drivers, but it may be that a prominently posted reminder about switching off might avoid some prosecutions, if not lung cancers.”

CYCLE RIDES YOU CAN DO

Here is a blog with downloadable details of a whole load of cycle rides in the area

WALKS 

For this month’s walks, while the days are still quite long, the theme is getting away from it all.

The secluded Balsdean Valley

9.4miles 15.1km There can be few places where you can be so cut off so near to big towns and cities as Balsdean and Standean Bottoms and there can be few places where you can get such panoramic views in all directions, sea, downs and towns.

Paths less travelled- Ringmer to Berwick

A traverse of the lonely Laughton levels.  Savour the joys of solitude and a surprising variety of scenery. 13.34 Km / 8.29 miles on level ground,

Away from it all in Hooe

The walk starts and ends at Normans Bay station. Seaside, marshland, biodiversity, big sky and panoramic views, tranquil farmland, gentle hills, a lost village, a hidden church, a nearly forgotten prison, smugglers trails – a walk of contrasts where you are likely to have the walk to yourselves.  An opportunity for a drink or a swim at the end. 10km/ 6.5 miles

Ore and More

A very varied walk, exploring the urban and rural facets of North East Hastings, including the amazing Specked Wood, the panoramic views from North Seat, the countryside north of the Ridge, and the atmospheric ruins of the Old St Helens Church

 

 

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