The high cost of car parking charges in Newark town

 

Cllr Laurence Goff

Bridge Ward – Newark Town Council

His views 

I believe wholeheartedly in being actively involved with every issue of importance to all Newark people

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These high  cost of car parking charges in Newark town centre should be scrapped to regenerate the town’s retail fortunes. If they scrapped parking charges, it would be good for the Newark town centre..

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At the moment, it looks like a sustained attack on the cash of people who want to come and shop and work in Newark. At the moment, it looks like a sustained attack on the cash of people who want to come and shop and work in Newark. My remarks may spark concerns that the high cost of parking in Newark town centre is driving shoppers to nearby towns. Where parking is free this will attract more people to the town centre by shoppers putting money into the town centre than we are attracting at the moment.

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 Motorists can have free parking for two hours in Southwell not in Newark is this right? It now cost  to much to park for the full day on Appleton Gate and Mount Street. Local businesses have been critical of the scheme, which has been introduced by Newark and Sherwood District Council. Yes we need to encourage more people to use public transport.

Parking in Newark Town Centres For many people visiting an out-of-town shopping location is becoming more attractive than visiting the nearest town centre shops which have free parking. With all shoppers being forced to consider their spending now, even fewer will want to pay to park. The truth is that we must all start acting now at local level. Exploiting the “most vulnerable It discourages people all together in come to our lovely town centre.

What do you think? Would you come to the town centre more if you didn’t have to pay to park? Have your say.

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Laurence Goff

laurencegoff4newark@yahoo.co.uk

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Please tell me your concerns and your ideas so we can campaign effectively and stop the unthinkable from happening.

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For Far Too Long – Long Term Empty Properties In And Around The UK

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 March 2017

 

Out of normal office hours

Contact details 

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
Kelham
Nottinghamshire
NG23 5QX

01636 650000

customerservices@nsdc.info

Homelessness prevention

The Council first priority is to stop people from becoming homeless in the first place. Our officers will aim to intervene as early as possible to prevent homelessness.

Statutory homelessness

Sometimes it is not possible to prevent someone from becoming homeless. The Newark and Sherwood District Council officers will help source accommodation for those unintentionally homeless and in priority need.

Temporary Accommodation

They have 26 units at Seven Hills Newark this temporary accommodation which can be used to accommodate households in priority need.

Severe weather emergency shelter

The night shelter opens when outside temperatures are forecast to fall below 0C degrees on three consecutive nights or more. Offering rough sleepers a place to stay overnight and receive advice and support.

 

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Many people and families have been charged hundreds of pounds by agencies to cover the supposed administrative costs of renting will be offered relief. 

It was a bombshell for many people and families for for to long causing hardship. I was amazed to discover the high cost of these fees

It has infuriated a generation of people for far to long, these extra fees charged by agents is now going to stop. You can be charged for renewal fee. when it amounts to little more than printing off a contract to sign. And can usually the agent pushes through a rent rise too.

We do not want any rents go up if unfair letting fees are banned. When this ban comes into force will it simply mean the rent are going up instead?

Fortunately we have to take a look to Scotland for guidance. Since a ruling in 2012, tenants in Scotland can only be asked for just the rent and the deposit – everything else has to be paid by the landlord.

We will have to wait and see hoping to received the good new in 2017.

I believe urgent action needs to be done to tackle empty properties. This big problem all over the UK 

  • Empty buildings and houses

    Empty Homes

    1. 2:51The Great British Property Scandal | Dos and Don’ts of a Budget Build | Channel 4

    2. 2:10 Empty Homes Agency – An introduction (rough cut)

    Visiting Liverpool to do some recording with a band I am on board with when I noticed streets upon streets full of empty vacant properties all boarded up. Yet we still have a large amount of homeless people living and sleeping rough on our UK streets each night. How long can we ignore and not address our UK homeless problem for?Empty properties are a wasted resource and often contribute towards the degeneration of an area. Where possible the Council aims to work with owners of empty properties to bring them back into use.Empty buildings

    Empty buildings can detract from the quality of the local area and may cause a nuisance to surrounding dwellings and businesses.

    Poorly maintained buildings may be targeted by vandals and arsonists and attract anti-social behaviour, squatting or drug dealing. The existing conditions may also attract pests, cause damp or structural problems to neighbouring buildings and may be hazardous to the general public.

    We often receive complaints regarding empty homes and vacant commercial premises.

    Empty homes

    Empty homes restrict local housing supply and are a wasted resource. The council prefers to engage with the current owners to find acceptable solutions.

    However, enforcement action may be necessary if re-occupation of empty properties has not been achieved through voluntary means. The council’s powers can include compulsory purchase and enforced sale, or taking over the running of a property through Empty Dwelling Management Orders.

    Vacant commercial premises

    Newark and Sherwood District Council can deal with issues on problem sites. We can require the owners to take various measures such as enhancing the security of the site or remove hazardous materials.

    If you require any further information on empty buildings or would like to report nuisance problems related to a site or building near you, please contact our customer services team.

    Contact us

The homeless shelter is at Barnbygate Methodist Church.

The homeless shelter is at Barnbygate Methodist Church.

Newark night shelter for the homeless during the Weather Months.

If you know anyone Needing Help And Support Please Contact.

Cheska Asman
Homelessness Strategy and Projects Officer
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall, Kelham, Newark, Notts, NG23 5QX
Tel: 01636 655643
Fax: 01636 655563
E-mail: cheska.asman@nsdc.info

It is run by volunteers, and those who use it are offered supper, a camp bed on which to sleep and breakfast the following morning.

It is opened when temperatures are set to drop below 0ºC on three consecutive nights. Those who wish to use it can gain access at 9pm, and doors shut at 10.30pm.

If anyone needs to use it, or knows of someone who may need to use it, they should call 01636 650000.

Without Framework the people that are homeless in Nottingham, they wouldn’t stand a chance.”

 Framework is a charity

Homeless couple who met on the street celebrate life in their new flat

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A couple who met while living on the streets of Nottingham are enjoying living in a flat after they were housed by homelessness charity Framework.

Michelle Saunders and Andy Frost were identified by the charity’s street outreach team in November last year.

Framework has been working with the couple since and John Freer, the charity’s resettlement worker, helped them to find the flat which they moved into in January.

The pair now live in shared accommodation in The Meadows and are grateful to Framework for helping to put a roof over their heads.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/homeless-couple-who-met-on-the-street-celebrate-life-in-their-new-flat/story-29874473-detail/story.html

£10m #Lottery cash to help Nottingham #homeless charity Framework. What else should be done for the homeless? http://ow.ly/tyogu

ty and housing association that helps homeless people, prevents homelessness, and brings opportunities to vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

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Lincolnshire Co-operative are supporting homelessness chairities over the next three months. We showed our support with the launch on Saturday by going on tour with Roofus!

What is homelessness?

People experiencing homelessness are not “The Homeless” and should not be viewed as a homogenous group. They are individuals experiencing varying crises.

Housing demand is outstripping supply and we need action on empty flats above shops.

There is a significant amount of accommodation above shops and offices that has been empty for years.

It has been under-utilised and owners are often unaware of the potential to free up space and convert to residential units.

Flat conversion allowance, introduced ten years ago, is intended to encourage the conversion of empty or underused space above shops and other commercial premises to residential use.

The scheme intends to increase the availability of rented accommodation within Newark and Sherwood by working in partnership with property owners, registered social landlords and the Empty Homes Service.

I understand in part of Britain there are 10 homes lying empty for every homeless family.

Motto: I will be actively involved and committed to representing you and Newark wholeheartedly throughout the year.

 

Cllr Laurence Goff

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Lets start demanding by putting this crisis right and to ensure Empty Properties In Newark And Sherwood District Nottinghamshire and across Britain are put back in public use.

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Who we can help

• Single homeless young people aged 16-25 who need help, advice or signposting.

• Ex. residents who have moved on from the project but may need to seek assistance or support on a tenancy related issue to ensure they can maintain their own independent tenancy within the community.

 How we can help and assist you

• Referral to Children Families and Cultural Services

• Referral to Targeted Youth Support

• Referral to the District Council

• Assistance to complete an application form for accommodation

• Assistance to arrange a homelessness interview

• Assistance to contact the Job Centre or DWP

• Signposting to another more appropriate agency

• Signposting to other agencies for professional counselling

or other support for example substance/alcohol advice.

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Contact us

If you need help, know somebody who does or simply wish to find out more about the organisation, please contact us on:

Telephone: 0115 841 7711
Fax: 0115 960 3985
Write to: Framework Housing Association, Val Roberts House, 25 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6NX
Online:  Simply fill in the form below and we will respond as soon as we can.

If you are sleeping rough or fear that you may have to, call our hotline on 0800 066 53 56.

Framework Housing Association

You can contact your local Council – Newark and Sherwood District Council or the Land Registry (UK) – Information on every UK property.
http://www.LandRegistry-Service.com

  • Getting started

    According to The Empty Homes Agency, there are an estimated 870,000 empty homes in the UK and enough empty commercial property to create 420,000 new homes. First consider these key points before you decide to invest in an empty property:

    • Make sure you are allowed to do what you want to the property. It’s all very well having imaginative plans to redesign the property into the house of your dreams but if there are legal restrictions, or if it’s a listed property, you may not be allowed to.

    • Work out a proper budget before you start. Rescuing a house doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you run out of money half way through you’ll be skint and homeless. Build £200 into your project to spend on a treat for yourself at the end. It’ll help keep you focussed on sticking to the budget.

    • Build the right team of people to help you. Choose architects, builders and conveyancers who you can work with and will help you, not fleece you.

    • Choose the right building materials for the job. There’s a range of alternatives for every eventuality. Some choices are good for your pocket, some are good for the environment and some are just less hassle for your builder.

    • Don’t bank on a grant, but do see what’s available. Rescuing an empty property meets the objectives of lots of organisations some of them may be prepared to subsidize your costs.

    How to find an empty property

    Keep your eyes peeled. About one in 20 homes in the country is empty. Once you start looking, you’ll see them everywhere. Try the following options to get your search off the ground.

    • Local council – Your local council will probably have a list of all the empty properties in their area. Some councils will be happy to let you see the information, but beware that others may not be so open. If they won’t disclose the information you could make a written request – you’ve got a legal right to request it.

    • Estate agents – Their shop windows don’t want to be cluttered with pictures of wrecks, but that doesn’t mean to say that they haven’t got some houses in need of rescuing in the back of the filing cabinet. So, make sure you ask to see what’s available.

    • Online auctions – Auction catalogues are a good place to find empty properties that are for sale. On the web look out for specialist websites that specialise in empty properties.

    • Land for sale – More often than not building land for sale has already got a house on it that the seller is inviting you to buy to demolish. Often the house is beyond saving but sometimes it’s salvageable.

    Finding out who owns the property

    Once you’ve found an empty property, how do you know who owns it? It may be as simple as asking the people who live near by. If you explain to them why you want to know, they will probably be happy to tell you.

    Many properties are registered at the Land Registry. For a small fee you can look at the register and see who the owner is. The HM Land Registry website for England and Wales is: www.landregisteronline.gov.uk, the Registers of Scotland Executive Agency is: www.ros.gov.uk and the Land Registry of Northern Ireland is: www.lrni.gov.uk.

    Most local authorities have a register of empty properties and know who the owner is. Local authorities have different policies on disclosing this information. If your local authority won’t tell you, you could put the request in writing citing the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Empty Homes 

Non-Profit Organisation

 Address: 70 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EJ

Homes From Empty Homes » Finding An Empty Home

This is why we campaign for more empty homes to be brought into use.

How To Bring An Empty Home Back Into Use

Finding Owners Of Empty Homes

Finding the owner of an empty property

The owner could be a company, or private individual, or a local authority, housing association, or government department.

Although, we do not have the capacity to help either individuals or property developers to find the owners of an empty property, we hope you find the following tips helpful.

I have three suggestions on how you might find the owner of an empty property and some tips on how to approach owners.

 1 -Ask neighbours

People who live near to empty properties often know who the owner is. If you explain to them why you want to know they may be happy to tell you, or help you make contact with the owner.

2 -Land Registry

Most properties are registered at the Land Registry. For a small fee you can look at the register and see who the owner is. www.landregisteronline.gov.uk..

If the land is unregistered, the Land Registry may still be able to help, as you can search the Land Charges Registry. This will reveal the owner’s details if there are any charges against the property (e.g. a second mortgage) or if bankruptcy papers have been filed.

3. -Local authorities 

Most local authorities have an empty property officer working to help get empty properties back into use. Local authorities have different policies on disclosing information about the owners of empty properties, but it is worth asking if they are able to help you find the owner.

Tips on approaching owners

Most empty properties are privately owned. Private owners and landlords will need to be approached with tact and caution. You will need to ask whether they are interested in selling the property to you. Bear in mind that owners may be reluctant to sell their empty homes for a variety of reasons.

It is also worth considering that just because a property has been empty does not mean it will be cheap to buy. Owners will usually ask the market price, though this should to some extent reflect the cost of any necessary repairs and refurbishments.

BBC – Homes – Property – How to rescue an empty property

Getting started

According to The Empty Homes Agency, there are an estimated 870,000 empty homes in the UK and enough empty commercial property to create 420,000 new homes. First consider these key points before you decide to invest in an empty property:

  • Make sure you are allowed to do what you want to the property. It’s all very well having imaginative plans to redesign the property into the house of your dreams but if there are legal restrictions, or if it’s a listed property, you may not be allowed to.

  • Work out a proper budget before you start. Rescuing a house doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you run out of money half way through you’ll be skint and homeless. Build £200 into your project to spend on a treat for yourself at the end. It’ll help keep you focussed on sticking to the budget.

  • Build the right team of people to help you. Choose architects, builders and conveyancers who you can work with and will help you, not fleece you.

  • Choose the right building materials for the job. There’s a range of alternatives for every eventuality. Some choices are good for your pocket, some are good for the environment and some are just less hassle for your builder.

  • Don’t bank on a grant, but do see what’s available. Rescuing an empty property meets the objectives of lots of organisations some of them may be prepared to subsidize your costs.

How to find an empty property Keep your eyes peeled. About one in 20 homes in the country is empty. Once you start looking, you’ll see them everywhere. Try the following options to get your search off the ground.

  • Local council – Your local council will probably have a list of all the empty properties in their area. Some councils will be happy to let you see the information, but beware that others may not be so open. If they won’t disclose the information you could make a written request – you’ve got a legal right to request it.
  • Estate agents – Their shop windows don’t want to be cluttered with pictures of wrecks, but that doesn’t mean to say that they haven’t got some houses in need of rescuing in the back of the filing cabinet. So, make sure you ask to see what’s available.
  • Online auctions – Auction catalogues are a good place to find empty properties that are for sale. On the web look out for specialist websites that specialise in empty properties.
  • Land for sale – More often than not building land for sale has already got a house on it that the seller is inviting you to buy to demolish. Often the house is beyond saving but sometimes it’s salvageable.

Finding out who owns the property

Once you’ve found an empty property, how do you know who owns it? It may be as simple as asking the people who live near by. If you explain to them why you want to know, they will probably be happy to tell you.

Many properties are registered at the Land Registry. For a small fee you can look at the register and see who the owner is. The HM Land Registry website for England and Wales is: www.landregisteronline.gov.uk, the Registers of Scotland Executive Agency is: www.ros.gov.uk and the Land Registry of Northern Ireland is: www.lrni.gov.uk.

Most local authorities have a register of empty properties and know who the owner is. Local authorities have different policies on disclosing this information. If your local authority won’t tell you, you could put the request in writing citing the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Buying an empty property may seem a daunting project, but with a little time, … David Ireland from The Empty Homes Agency has advice for a sucessful house 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/property/buying_buyingaproperty.shtml
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The Former Robin Hood  Hotel 

Lombard Street Newark

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Empty on Portland Street Newark

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Empty on London Road Newark

 

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A number are empty on Portland Street, Newark

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Victoria Street Newark

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A number are empty on Portland Street, Newark

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Lime Grove, Newark

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A number are empty on Portland Street

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Empty Property on Victoria Street, Newark

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Empty Properties on Victoria Street, Newark

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Empty Properties on Victoria Street, Newark

The weather is starting to get cold again – people sleeping outside, so what are we going to do about it? 

 
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I would like Newark and Sherwood District Council to  consider whether the council would take any long-term action under The Housing Act 2004. However, the council will still continue to take short term action under other legislation if appropriate for an accumulation of refuse, where boarding up is needed to prevent unauthorised entry or where the property poses a danger to public health. Where appropriate, owners’ details could be passed consensually to housing providers interested in purchasing empty property and/or managing it on the owner’s behalf. However, no information will be passed onto any other agency as a result of completing the questionnaire.

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I am wondering did you see the Big Issue?
In parts of Britain, for every homeless family there are TEN homes lying empty. It’s time for action – it’s time to fill ’em up

The Big Issue is urging local authorities to address Britain’s chronic housing problem by exploring the potential usage of the nation’s abundance of empty buildings.

This week, they have launched The Big Issue Fill ‘Em Up campaign. I agree with them and believe empty buildings offer a great chance to increase housing supply. I want to see the following:

• More support and funding for community-led empty homes projects
• More public bodies engaging with community projects ready and willing to make the most of empty buildings
• More homeless people getting the chance to work on refurbishment projects

In parts of Britain, there are ten homes lying empty for every homeless family. The latest estimate from the Empty Homes Agency is that there are more than 635,000 empty homes in England alone.

Last week, former Manchester United star Gary Neville captured the public imagination by showing a flexible, common-sense willingness to use a resource which the country has in abundance: an empty building.

Neville told a group of homeless people they could squat in a building he owns before development work begins. This proactive approach – even if on a short term basis – focused minds and prompted a lot of conversation.

Filling empty homes is not easy. It’s true that many of Britain’s derelict buildings are now in bad condition. Homeless people often have complex needs, requiring a lot of support even once they have a roof over their head. And yes, the ownership issues around unused second homes, vacant shops and public halls awaiting redevelopment are complex.

But there remains a staggering need for housing in this country and an embarrassment of unused buildings are just waiting to be given new life. Gary Neville’s gesture shows small steps to provide shelter don’t actually need to be that difficult, with a bit of flexibility and imagination.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Frustrated by all the boarded-up buildings in your town while homelessness is on the rise? Here are six ways of doing something about it:

1. You can report empty properties to your local authority – many councils now have dedicated empty homes officers who would welcome photos showing the condition of the building and its address.

2. Save Britain’s Heritage has a register of Buildings at Risk highlighting properties that are vacant and in need of new owners. savebritainsheritage.org

3. You can find more details on how to bring an empty home back into use from Empty Homes Agency – emptyhomes.com. In Scotland, Shelter Scotland run a service allowing people to report empty homes and receive advice about bringing their empty home back into use – 0344 515 1941 or email emptyhomes@shelter.org.uk.

4. One London company – youspotproperty.com – even gives you vouchers and a small proportion of the resale value of any empty house you spot that they manage to refurbish and sell.

5. If you’re inspired by Gary Neville’s gesture towards the homeless men in Manchester, Depaul UK’s Nightstop scheme allows volunteer hosts to provide emergency accommodation for homeless young people. depaulnightstopuk.org

6. Give us new ideas – tell us your solutions for transforming public buildings in you town, city or village. Send them to editorial@bigissue.com or tweet @bigissue

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Why can’t they have a save place to sleep?
Individual out with a begging bowl. I understand there are 1200 empty properties in Newark and Sherwood District Council area . Why did it take 38 years before an empty property was put right its now up for Sale.

There are also people sleeping out in the cold, the weather is starting to get cold again. Homeless need a better place in a temporary accommodation, such as hostels or Church by giving support. Some local authorities only have a duty to house those who meet the strict criteria. Many other single homeless people stay in hostels all over the country – why are they NOT DOING this in NEWARK.

20150919_085053-2Health and wellbeing of all

Sleeping rough is a dangerous and traumatising experience
Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough in and around Newark town centre can also be dangerous and could damage your health. The longer someone sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, developing drug or alcohol problems, or experiencing problems with their health.

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This derelict house has now been refurbished at last.

Long-Term Empty Properties In Newark And Sherwood District Area. Newark needs to look for a new direction.

A number of housing associations have been thrown into confusion over the last few years. This Governments’ threat to extend the ‘Right to Buy’; we need to tackle the housing crisis by investing in a large scale, council house re- building programme not by making the crisis worse.”

An incentive to put empty homes and properties back into public use.

Lets make sure Housing is top of Newark and Sherwood District council agenda.

What do you think about this?

Laurence Goff wants Newark and Sherwood District Council to compulsorily purchase empty houses and properties. I am calling for empty properties to be bought up after it emerged I found many other houses has been vacant for years. We wants Newark and Sherwood District Council to compulsorily purchase empty houses to reduce the number of  families on the waiting list. We have around 1200 Home and properties vacant for more than six months. “Many good people out there feel ashamed that these houses remain empty. Others are disgusted that they are forced to live next door to empty properties where they have to endure anti-social behaviour. Campaigning On Empty Properties,  Is this waste a luxury we can no longer afford?

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This House Has Been Empty For 38 Years
A derelict house has now been refurbished was last lived in 1967, it has been revealed.

JB Building Services has  done a good job 121 Lime Grove, Newark, which featured in Newark Advertiser, as possibly the house that had been empty the longest in the  area.

The project manager, Mr Daniel Skorin, said he did not know the history of the house and was researching it.

Following the Advertiser story he was contacted by a woman who studies local census records who told him it had been empty for 48 years.

He was told the last known occupant lived in the house until 1967

After the person death, a notice was placed in the Advertiser asking if anyone had a legal interest in her will.

 

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 Empty homes for over 20 years

Lovers Lane, Newark

The Autumn 2014 counts and estimates suggested there were 2,744 rough sleepers on any one night in England -a rise of 55 per cent from Autumn 2010, when the figure was 1,768.
However, it should be noted that these figures are a snapshot taken on one night and fall well short of what local agencies report over the course of a year. In London alone, 6,508 people were reported sleeping rough during 2013/14.

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Out & About In The Bridge Ward: http://t.co/zYzvrArXGh

Same one has now moved 1n this empty house near Lovers Lane Newark Have a look at the current topics and have your say! top of page. Empty Homes Agency … http://www.emptyhomes.com/getinvolved/campaign.html – “This is only because their council refuses to use the powers given them by Government to bring these homes back into use.”This once lovely town and good place to live is being spoiled. “We are talking about building 6,000 properties in the south of Newark. “Why have they got all these empty properties when they want to build more? laurencegoff

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Still empty  near Lovers Lane Newark

Let’s start tackling empty homes

 They can sometimes blight communities by devaluing properties, reduce the visual attractiveness of our neighbourhood

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121 Lime Grove Newark

The good news its has now hoping it can be sold before the end of 2015.

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Work has now started to put this house back in public use.

This lovely town which is still a good place to live is being spoiled by a number of pathetic empty properties.  Newark and Sherwood area now numbers around 1200 most have been empty for 6 Months or more. I personally would feel very uneasy living next door to an empty property. Laurence Goff Visiting an Empty home for Over 38 Years Newark-On-Trent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oJT5rufbYM

11th December 2014

Adrian Adam Planning & Enforcement Officer Growth at
Newark and Sherwood District Council

Two on Lime Grove, Newark
Hawton Road, Newark
Barnby Gate, Newark across from Sam Derry Way and CO-OP Newark
Dormer Ave Cottage, Newark

Why Do Homeless People Sleep rough in the cold during dead of winter?

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The same person has another house still empty on Lime Grove Newark, Notts

 

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Is been demolition during November 2014. A new house is being put in it place work has started since 2015

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Empty Homes

Let’s start targeting any empty properties across Newark and Sherwood District Council area that you found empty so our council can take action against the owner. Empty dwelling management orders: guidance for residential property owners. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/empty-dwelling-management-orders-guidance-for-residential-property-owners

The owner of an empty property who allowed its condition to deteriorate has been ordered to pay nearly £1,800 in fines and court. It was an allowed waste and overgrown vegetation to accumulate, which can attract rats, at the front and back of the semi-detached house at  Elizabeth Road, Newark.

He was prosecuted by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The council’s environmental health team was called in October 2013 following a complaint and two clean-up orders were served on, both of which the person ignored.

Water was also leaking from inside the property and was seen seeping through the walls.

The notices ordered  to clear up the overgrown gardens and resolve the water leak inside the property. He failed to comply with both notices and the council carried out the works in default.

The court ordered that he pay £400 in compensation to the council and costs of £340.

The council’s business manager for environmental health, Mr Alan Batty, said: “We take a very serious view of property owners who leave their properties empty and allow them to go to rack and ruin.

“The council has a policy to talk with property owners at an early stage but if they fail to co-operate, it is likely that we will take formal action, carry out works in default and prosecute those responsible for allowing homes to fall derelict.

“Hopefully this will act as a wake-up call for other owners of long-term vacant houses to engage with the council and to bring their empty properties back into use.”

 

The Housing Act 2004 provides a new discretionary power for local authorities to take over the management of long-term privately owned empty homes.

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Empty on Hawton Road, Newark for years

The council’s cabinet member for clean and green,  “They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. Unfortunately, that’s NOT the case even when the home has been left standing empty for a considerable time. “However, the council has discretionary powers which mean it can, and will, take action against the owners of these empty homes that let them fall into disrepair and become a neighbourhood eyesore.

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“Our preference is to engage with owners to find acceptable solutions. However, we may also resort to enforcement action where it has not been proved possible to achieve re-occupation of empty properties through voluntary means. “The council can use powers such as compulsory purchase and enforced sale, or taking over the running of a property to enforce re-occupation through Empty Dwelling Management Orders. This where the council can take over the management of long-term privately owned empty homes.”Empty home owners to be asked about their plans Owners of long-term empty properties are to be asked what they’re going to do to bring it back into use to help address affordable housing shortages. Newark and Sherwood District Council will be sending the questionnaire to the registered owners of around 2,000 empty domestic properties in the district to establish what plans, if any, the owner has for bringing the property back into use. The aim is to build a database of information and, where appropriate, to encourage the owners to make every effort to bring the home back into use. Only where the property is causing a nuisance will the council consider taking further action.

Using a formula devised by the Homes and Communities Agency, empty homes will be prioritised.  Those which score highly will receive more attention from the council in being brought back into use. Points are scored for such things as accumulated litter, whether it’s boarded up, the number of empty homes on the same street and how long it’s been empty. If it is up for sale so is more likely to come into use soon, it will score low points.

This will be the used as a base line for considering whether the council would take any long-term action under The Housing Act 2004. However, the council will still continue to take short term action under other legislation if appropriate for an accumulation of refuse, where boarding up is needed to prevent unauthorised entry or where the property poses a danger to public health. Where appropriate, owners’ details could be passed consensually to housing providers interested in purchasing empty property and/or managing it on the owner’s behalf. However, no information will be passed onto any other agency as a result of completing the questionnaire.

“Our preference is to engage with owners to find acceptable solutions. However, we may also resort to enforcement action where it has not been proved possible to achieve re-occupation of empty properties through voluntary means. “The council can use powers such as compulsory purchase and enforced sale, or taking over the running of a property to enforce re-occupation through Empty Dwelling Management Orders. This where the council can take over the management of long-term privately owned empty homes.”

It’s a scandal

The price we’re all paying for properties left empty must stop, for the good of our town

Why Do Homeless People Sleep in the cold?

This being one of the most frequent questions in my mind is

“Why aren’t abandoned buildings used for homeless people”

Why don’t we use all those abandoned buildings for homeless families?

Using an abandoned building is as long and complex

Many houses and buildings are apparently empty and unused for years and are always abandoned.

One example is on Lime Grove Newark, which I understand has been empty for  38 years! 

The list goes on and on.

  It’s Simply Unacceptable that Properties Like This One  Which Is Allowed  To Go To Rack And Ruin

for years.

 http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/15m-grant-to-help-with-council-homes-


Newark and Sherwood has been one of the county’s big beneficiaries from a Government fund designed to encourage house building.
After the latest allocation the district will have received £3.8m from the New Homes Bonus scheme.

Provisional figures for the 2014/15 payments released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show Newark and Sherwood is set to receive £1.5m.

That is on top of £2.3m it has already received from the scheme.

Of the Nottinghamshire district and borough councils, only Ashfield will have received more in total with £4.5m.

The scheme rewards districts for allowing new homes to be built, or for bringing empty homes back into use, by match-funding the additional council tax raised for six years.

The director of resources at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Mr David Dickinson, said the Newark Growth Point plans for thousands of new homes up to 2026 had been a contributory factor.

He said: “It is a reward for bringing homes into use rather than a direct incentive to carry on building new homes, but we are interested in both.

“Part of it is the Growth Point, which has a long way to go but has had some effect on building. We have also worked hard to bring existing properties back into use.

“In a way the easy way to boost supply is to bring what is already there back into use.

“If the bonus scheme stays in place we will continue to benefit from it at as the Growth Point developments progress.”

The council has put money from the first two years of the scheme towards its business loan fund.

Mr Dickinson said: “A lot of authorities have used it to support their general budget, but we have deliberately kept it separate to fund new initiatives.

“We will aim to continue to use it for a mix of business and household support, although it is getting more difficult because of the pressure local government budgets are under.

“However, at this stage we don’t plan to use it for general budget support next year.”

Rushcliffe Borough Council has received a total of £3.2m from the scheme, and Nottinghamshire County Council has received £5.5m.

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House gap getting bigger as only ONE council house built for every SEVEN sold off

Since 2012 10,954 homes have been sold under Right to Buy, but only 1,597 replacements are being built. There are nearly two million families on Council waiting lists desperate for a home, and this Government is failing to live up to its promise to replace every home sold with a new home built.http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/house-gap-getting-bigger-only…

Groups, organisations, communities and campaigns in our area

helping owners of empties or those in housing need:

http://reportemptyhomes.com/report/591

Let’s be passionate about getting  empty homes back into use for people who need them.

Newark and Sherwood

There are an estimated 1,926 empty homes in our area according to November 2012 council tax information.

At the same time, there are 4,920 people on the housing waiting list.

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Many are an eyesore like the the many I have photos of around Newark which has been standing empty for years.

This one lovely house could make a nice home for a needy family with children. There is a huge demand for a good quality house to call home.

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The price we’re all paying for properties still standing empty around  Newark-On-Trent, Nottinghamshire. We can all start by identifying the true number of empty properties in the area because many do not even appear in the ‘official’ figures.

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Let’s start tackling empty homes

 They can sometimes blight communities by devaluing properties, reduce the visual attractiveness of our neighbourhood

An act as magnets for anti-social behaviour and theft.

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 Its  be sold at auction

Newark – Sherwood owners of long-term empty properties are to be asked what they’re going to do to bring it back into use to help address affordable housing shortages. Newark and Sherwood District Council will be sending the questionnaire to the registered owners of around 1200 empty domestic properties in the district to establish what plans, if any, the owner has for bringing the property back into use. The aim is to build a database of information and, where appropriate, to encourage the owners to make every effort to bring the home back into use. Only where the property is causing a nuisance will the council consider taking further action. Using a formula devised by the Homes and Communities Agency, empty homes will be prioritised.  Those which score highly will receive more attention from the council in being brought back into use. Points are scored for such things as accumulated litter, whether it’s boarded up, the number of empty homes on the same street and how long it’s been empty. If it is up for sale so is more likely to come into use soon, it will score low points.

Affordable housing

Includes social rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

Affordable housing should meet the needs of eligible households including availability at a cost low enough for them to afford.

Between 2004 and 2011 Newark and Sherwood District Council has delivered 553 new affordable homes across Newark and Sherwood area.

 Social rented housing is rented housing owned and managed by local authorities and registered social landlords. It may also include rented housing owned or managed by other persons and provided under equivalent rental arrangements.

Intermediate affordable housing is housing at prices and rents above those of social rent but below market price or rent. These can include shared equity (eg HomeBuy) and other low cost homes for sale, and intermediate rent.

Public Consultation Notice

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/affordablehousing/

Social rented housing

Since 2004 the council’s housing stock has been managed by Newark and Sherwood Homes, an arm’s length management organisation which looks after around 5,000 homes on the council’s behalf. You can apply to rent a home on line through Newark and Sherwood Homes’ Easylet scheme.

There are also other housing associations (Registered Providers or Registered Social Landlords) which offer homes for rent in the district.

More than 50 new council houses for rent have been built in partnership with Newark and Sherwood Homes across the district at Balderton, Boughton, Bleasby, Clipstone, Newark and Southwell. TheHomes and Communities Agency has allocated £2.2m towards the cost of the project, with the rest coming from the council.

Low cost home ownership

Shared ownership, also known as New Build HomeBuy, is the most familiar of the low cost home ownership options. Purchasers buy part of their home (typically between 25% and 50% to start with) and rent the rest from a Housing Association.

Rent to HomeBuy is a scheme where a reduced rent is charged for a new build home for up to three years. This helps the tenant save for a deposit and purchase the property.

A new Equity Loan Scheme called FirstBuy is a new product in the Government’s HomeBuy range designed to help first time buyers into home ownership in a way they can afford. It is expected to assist nearly 10,500 purchasers to buy a new home over the next two years.

Contacts and advice

For advice on your housing options or if you are worried about becoming homeless, speak to the council’s community/housing options team on 01636 650000.

 

EYESORE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE LEFT  TO R ACK AND RUIN

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 There is an empty homes issue in Newark and Sherwood District Council area. Currently around 800 properties are classified as being long-term empty.

 

The profile of these means it is an often less visible issue and the empty properties are largely single homes on streets where the rest of the housing is occupied. It is important to try and bring these back into use, as this can not only make huge differences to communities, but also offer valuable new affordable homes to local residents.

 

It good to see our council is currently investigating ways it can practically assist owners of empty homes to bring them into use. There are many reasons why many of these homes are empty, which can often be complex. In many cases it is a lack of available finance for owners to refurbish properties to a marketable standard why some homes remain empty rather than unwillingness by owners to act.

 

In order to develop a scheme that meets the needs of the council, property owners and potential tenants the council is seeking views from owners of empty homes on what type of empty homes scheme would best meet the requirements of all involved. There are a number of options available in terms of providing practical and beneficial assistance to empty home owners.

 

As part of the process in indentifying if there is demand for a council-run scheme, and if so, what type of scheme could be established, the Newark and Sherwood District Council has created a survey for empty home owners to fill in.

 

The survey is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KTFZV9

 

 

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 Long term empty properties within the Newark/ Sherwood

Highlighting the waste of empty homes and property throughout Newark and Sherwood District area. I took the opportunity of attending a meeting of the full Newark and Sherwood District Council a few weeks ago. Regrettably all was not well. It’s high time that this council started to focus on many of the issues affecting local residents. They not only ignore Government guidelines but also go out of their way to avoid dealing with big picture items like empty properties. There are a number of empty properties in the district that have been empty for over 20 years.

The Private Sector Housing Team at the council can work to improve housing conditions for people in the UK, protecting their health, safety and well-being. The team has a variety of enforcement powers available to ensure private accommodation in the city meets minimum standards. The main pieces of legislation are the Housing Acts and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Housing Act 2004 introduced new enforcement options, to accompany the changes to our assessment methods and the introduction of a national licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). For further information regarding the other changes, see the Housing Act 2004.


When possible the council needs to try to achieve improved standards through working with Landlords, Tenants, Leaseholders and Owner Occupiers, providing information, guidance and general support. However, in some circumstances the council can resort to using legal powers. These are as follows: Powers of entry – these allow us to obtain entry into property for the purposes of inspection when access is denied. The council can may obtain a warrant to enter from the courts. This allows the council force entry if they have to. Power to require information – The council could serve notices, for example about who owns a property. This enables them to act to improve the property by way of the other powers described.


Hazard awareness notices – these will ensure that the owner/person responsible is aware of a hazard and the desirability of carrying out repairs/alterations (Housing Act 2004).
Power to serve notices requiring works to be done – we can serve notices requiring work to be done to improve living conditions for occupiers and/or neighbours. The work we specify depends, of course, upon the conditions we find and what the law allows us to do.
Powers to enter a property and undertake work – should work fail to be completed as required by a notice, we have the option to do the work and recharge the owner.
Power to take over management of properties – this may be in for a number of reasons, including inability to issue a licence (where required), long term empty property, etc (Housing Act 2004).
Power to close a property – this follows a detailed assessment to decide the best course of action to deal with a seriously substandard property. Closure might be required where improvements are too expensive or the property is beyond improving. A notice would require that the property be no longer lived in. (Housing Act 2004 Prohibition – allows prohibited use of part of a building and use by certain groups).
Power to require demolition of a property – this is done in similar circumstances to closure.
Where a notice is not complied with we can pursue a prosecution.
The council can always aim to avoid legal action where it is possible. However, when circumstances require it they can. Will take the action in the best public interest. Enforcement Policy describes how we conduct enforcement action, to view the revised policy which takes into account the provisions of the Housing Act 2004 .SAM_0043
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Many good people out there feel ashamed that these houses remain empty. Others are disgusted that they are forced to live next door to empty properties where they have to endure anti-social behaviour. This is only because their council refuses to use the powers given to them by Government to bring these homes back into use. An example of this was shown at the Council Planning Meeting of the 16th October 2007. The minutes show that even though they recognized that  Victoria Street had been empty more than 20 years the only action that they felt was appropriate to take was under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which just required the owner to tidy the garden! Newark and Sherwood District Council’s stance was clearly demonstrated at the full Council meeting of the 9th March 2009. When asked the question about empty homes, “Everyman’s home is NOT his castle” which seemed to imply that they would be unwilling to take action against people owning empty homes.


Some Councils think they are untouchable.
It is a scandal that these many empty properties are allowed to just stand ideal and very much empty for years. We in Newark and Sherwood have thousands waiting on the Council housing list for years, looking for somewhere to live.

It is time for everyone to work together (Yes that does include Newark and Sherwood District Council) and bring these empty properties back into use. Let’s all work with each other to create a better solution for the good of our once lovely town of Newark. We can all start by identifying the true number of empty properties in the area because I have already found many that do not even appear in the ‘official’ figures. First we need your help I have identified many properties which are standing empty and also to express the people’s views and opinions as to what could or should be done to bring these homes back into use.

The price we’re all pay for empty properties these incompetence must stop for the good of our town. The housing crisis is set to take the number of vacant properties in the UK which will past 1 million. Councils and Councillors need to start playing an important part of ensuring their community’s needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for its entire resident. Councils and Councillors most give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions on our behalf like empty properties around Newark and Sherwood. The property is blighting the area. Many has stood derelict for years, let’s all do our best for the good of Newark and District.

This information came from Newark and Sherwood District Council.
There are currently 1,044 long term empty properties within the Newark and Sherwood District. The properties fall into the following council tax band brackets. Band A 476 Band B 172 42
Band C 157 Band D 98 Band E 73 Band F 34 Band G 27 Band H 7

Of the long term empty properties the parishes most affected are: Newark 287 Ollerton & Boughton 112 Balderton 61 Southwell 55 Rainworth 44 Farnsfield 33 Edwinstowe 33 Collingham 32 Blidworth 25 Fernwood Clipstone 24

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LAURENCE GOFF VOICE FOR NEWARK

Long-term empty properties can be an eyesore and a real problem for people who have to live or work near them. While some council have a good record in using Empty Dwelling Management Orders, we need to up our game and make sure we are using the full range of enforcement powers to bring empty properties back into use. We are braced for a big rise in empty homes, and we can already see the recession leaving many empty properties in our streets. In these difficult economic times, as well as prompt enforcement, it is important that we also look at creative use of empty buildings and support for owners. This will help not only to soften the blow but to seize opportunities for us to make the most of these buildings in ways that benefit the community. Thousands of empty homes across the UK are proving to be a real blight on the local community as they can cause a nuisance to neighbours, can be a danger if they are vandalised, decrease the value of nearby homes and are a waste of valuable accommodation.

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This property in Newark has been empty for  years.

When asked about empty homes, Councillor Payne, portfolio holder for health and homes, made a comment similar to “Every man’s home is his castle”, which seemed to imply they would be unwilling to act against those owning empty homes.

This once-lovely town is being spoilt by empty properties, which now number over 2,000 that have been empty for six months or more.

We have thousands on the council housing list, looking for somewhere to live. It is time for everyone to work together (that includes Newark and Sherwood District Council) and bring these empty properties back into use.

We can all start by identifying the true number of empty properties in the area because many do not even appear in the ‘official’ figures.

LAURENCE GOFF  Newark-On-Trent

These once lovely houses have been empty for  years  in and around Newark.

The housing crisises is set to take the number of vacant properties in the UK which will past 1 million mark. Councillors need to start playing an important part of ensuring their community’s needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all its resident. Councillors most give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions on our behalf like empty properties around Newark and Sherwood District.

I received these information from Freedom of Information which I have forward to you. As you can see we have 2002 empty properties (homes)  empty non domestic properties in Newark and Sherwood District.

Your request for information about “the number of empty properties within Newark and Sherwood at the present time” has now been considered and the information held by the Council relevant to your request is as follows:

We currently have domestic properties i.e. business and 2002 empty domestic properties i.e. residential in Newark and Sherwood District.

Empty for years

Closest nearby empty properties (within 19.2km)

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http://reportemptyhomes.com/report/591


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Newark the Fight most go on To Save Our Local Hospital

Newark Town Councillor Laurence Goff campaigning

 

If people have a suspected heart attack or angina they need to be stabilised at Newark Hospital which is the nearest place before go some 22 miles to another Hospital

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David Smith Moved  from London to Newark – Farndon area he was a wonderful happy person and worked hard as an ambulance man. He had a heart attack but Newark his local A&E had been downgraded. He could have be alive today: Tragic stories behind the casualty closures. The average time for 999 patients in Newark to get to A&E has been steadily lengthening since the downgrading and eventual closure of the A&E.

 

Government rules dictate that ambulances must respond to 75 per cent of all Category A calls – the most serious – within eight minutes. Suspected heart attacks are automatically Category A, as quick intervention can prove life-saving. A paramedic turned up in a rapid response car. It took that first paramedic 25 minutes to reach the scene, according to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). The ambulance took another 12 minutes.

 David wife of Linda Smith, is convinced the delays in her husband’s treatment was the difference between life and death for himLinda age 69, said it is ‘heartbreaking’ to think that her late husband David may have survived if their local A&E had accepted heart attack patients. Ambulances should respond to heart attacks within eight minutes, but it took 25 minutes for a first responder and another 12 minutes for the ambulance to arrive.The nearest hospital to cater for such patients was over half-an-hour awayUnable to travel in the ambulance, Mrs Smith learned of her husband’s death when she arrived at the hospital

 The widow of  David Smith who died in 2010 at Lincoln County Hospital, about twenty miles from his home in Farndon. He may still be alive if officials hadn’t decided to downgrade Newark Hospital’s A&E department. 

A public debate on the future of NHS services in Newark 

BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison is hosting a public debate asking if you think Newark’s NHS is fit for the future? You’ll have the chance to put questions to key decision-makers about Newark’s healthcare.

A public debate on the future of NHS services in Newark will take place at Holy Trinity Community Centre which is located on Boundary Road, Newark. This held on Wednesday on 5th December 2012. BBC Radio Nottingham will host the debate at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. The discussion will be broadcast on Mark Dennison’s programme Thursday 6th December at 09:00am on 103.8FM, 95.5FM and digital radio.

Hospital and NHS officials will join the discussion to set out their plans for the NHS in Newark in the future.On the panelist will be the Interim Chief Executive of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust, Eric Morton; the Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Phil Milligan; the Chief Officer of the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Amanda Sullivan; and the chairman of the Say Yes To Newark Hospital Campaign, Francis Towndrow.

Some local residents opposed those plans with a 9,000-name petition 2009 – 2010. The hospital’s emergency department was turned into a minor injuries facility in 2011.  The hospital’s emergency department was turned into a minor injuries facility in 2011. Hospital and NHS officials will join the discussion to set out their plans for the NHS in Newark in the future.

Francis Towndrow Chairman Save Newark Hospital Campagn and  Laurence Goff taking the journey from Newark On Trent to King’s Mill, Sutton in Ashfield.

Newark Town campaigning

 Save Newark Hospital campaignNewark Hospital the Fight must go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency for Newark future.This site is one of many campaigns to Save Newark Hospital.This campaign was started by local Newark Town Councillor Laurence Goff and Harry Molyneux who collected 9,000 signatures on two petitions either side of Christmas 2009 and a Facebook group set up by 14 year old Newark resident Cara Hansen quickly gathered over 5,000 members. Despite this overwhelming support from the people of Newark the local NHS Trust and our other elected representatives chose to ignore the petitions and pursue their objective of downgrading services.

 

To make a donation to our campaign please send cheques payable to “Save Newark Hospital Campaign” to our Chairman:

http://synh.org.uk/hug-the-hospital-day-monday-7th-may-2012/

Mr Francis Towndrow
2 Cleveland Square
Newark
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More vital service lost from Newark Hospital

The loss of a vital blood checking service from Newark Hospital (as reported in the Newark Advertiser on Friday 2nd April, 2010 http://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/view.asp?id=e9263dd9-8ee8-102d-98a5-28d7be31bb17

The Say YES to Newark Hospital campaign is planning to repeat the Hug the Hospital event that took place on May Day 2010.

The Free Bus Service from Newark Hospital to King’s Mill Hospital which takes 40 Minutes.  Has sadly ended .

 

Laurence Goff

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http://www.newarknotts.co.uk/?p=3506

Difficulties for dementia patients,

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Difficulties-for-dementia-patients

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011

I would support Andrea Ward’s view that Newark Hospital and its staff have an excellent reputation for their professionalism

(Newark Advertiser, September 1, 2011).

Despite all the reorganisation they remain focused in providing first class treatment.

So why downgrade and move services from a popular, well run and much needed hospital?

Often we hear in the Advertiser from patients remarking on the care, courtesy, kindness and understanding given by the nursing staff and others who serve the hospital.

There are 150 hospital beds provided in Nottinghamshire specialising in the care and treatment of those suffering from dementia and people with mental health problems.

These are at Ashfield, King’s Mill, Bassetlaw and Nottingham, but there are none in Newark.

People living in the Newark who require a bed are transferred to hospitals 20-plus miles from their homes.

Moving people with dementia can increase confusion and can be distressing leaving patients feeling isolated, but it also causes a great deal of anxiety for loved ones wishing to visit, as the frequency of such visits can be limited because of the distance, time, and lack of public transport.

Newark and Sherwood is one of the largest districts in the county and 79,000 people live within eight miles of Newark. It has the highest percentage of over-65s, a group known to be heavy users of secondary care.

The Newark area is forecast to be the fastest growing in Nottinghamshire and one of the fastest in the country.

Other large conurbations in Nottingham, Mansfield and Worksop, have inpatient care for dementia and mental health patients but Newark, a significant and fast growing town, has no such provision, since the closure of Friary Ward.

The excellent staff at Newark Hospital is one of the reasons the Save Newark Hospital Campaign would like to see the re-opening of hospital beds and the Friary Ward.

Undoubtedly, the ‘right place first time’ for many people, including our elderly, would be Newark Hospital.


— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Save Newark Hospital Campaign

Care and attention letter

 Wed Sep 21, 2011

What a brilliant, impressive and caring hospital we have in Newark.

As a day patient on Minster Ward the care and attention paid to me by all the staff was exceptional. They were wonderful.

— JOY WARD, High Street, Collingham 

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Care-and-attention

High mark letter

 Wed Sep 21, 2011

I have another excellent mark for Newark Hospital, having been discharged from Sconce Ward.

I have nothing but praise for the caring, efficient attention of all staff, from the very top down. There is a friendly, happy atmosphere.

Come on Newark and surrounding area, fight to keep this excellent hospital going from strength to strength.

— E. KEY, Thornton Road, Collingham

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/High-mark

Full recovery letter

 Wed Sep 21, 2011

In the inefficient days of the old Newark Hospital, my father had a severe heart attack.

Initially, he was attended by Dr Hewson of the Fountain surgery. The ambulance arrived within ten minutes and he was admitted to Newark Hospital where he was given intensive care for three days.

A week later, when seen by a cardiac consultant, his heart was declared undamaged.

Perhaps this was due to the excellent care by Dr Hewson, the rapid response of the ambulance crew, and the treatment at Newark Hospital.

Perhaps not having to travel 20 miles for treatment also contributed. Ah well, such is progress.

— BARBARA HATTON, Lover’s Lane, Newark

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Full-recovery

Hospital praise

 Thurs Sep 15, 2011

What a brilliant, impressive and caring hospital we have in Newark.

I was recently a day patient on Minster Ward and the care and attention paid to me by all the staff, nurses, theatre staff, the anaesthetist and physiotherapist was exceptional.

They were wonderful and I would like to say a big thank you to them.

— (Mrs) JOY WARD, High Street, Collingham

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Hospital-praise

King’s Mill Hospital Sutton in Ashfield

 

King’s Mill Hospital Sutton in Ashfield

The people of Newark know where the best place first time is – and that is Newark Hospital.  Why can’t  we just have our A&E back? Fight most go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency 

Let’s still fight for a full hospital review for Newark hospital

NEWS Living Local -Newark out Monthly around the Town in local shops. 

http://www.newarknotts.co.uk/

46-mile bus trip that takes

5 hours

INDEPENDENT town councillor Laurence Goff 

Cllr Goff, who does not own a car, said: “Everyone assumes that everyone else can drive to King’s Mill just like that.

“But the reconfiguration of health service provision should have not been permitted at Newark Hospital without suitable public transport being in place.”

Cllr Laurence Goff said the 46-mile round trip had taken five hours, starting with a number 90 bus caught near his home off Farndon Road, Newark.

Francis Towndrow  and Councillor Laurence Goff about to set off on the second leg of their bus ride to hospital.

taking, a No 28 from The Wharf to Mansfield and a No 1 bus from there to King’s Mill, Sutton in Ashfield.

“I’m not sure people realise that unless you live near the town centre you have to take three buses to get there. I didn’t realise myself until I tried to find out about it.

“I was on Radio Nottingham next day and presenter Andy Whittaker kept pressing me about how many people would use the service. The trouble is it has to be the right service before people will want to use it.

“But that’s not really the is- sue. The issue is having an Accident and Emergency department in Newark, rather than a bus service. Most people want to be treated in Newark anyway.

“One person told me he’d had to go back and forth by bus every day for nine days to visit his wife.”

Mr Towndrow commented: “Incredibly, hospital visits be- tween 6 and 8pm are not possible as the last Newark bus departs Mansfield at 5.45pm. The bottom line is that 23 miles along the difficult A617 is too great a distance to provide safe or suitable hospital provision for the Newark area, especially in winter.”

Independent town councillor Laurence Goff and Chairman of Save Newark Hospital Francis Towndrow revealed the real cost of going all the way from Newark to King’s Mill Hospital on 3 buses

A full independent review into the Newark Healthcare

Review is still badly needed.

Campaigners still press for review

Campaigners are to urge Nottinghamshire County Council to appeal against the decision not to hold an independent review into changes at Newark Hospital.

The council’s health and wellbeing committee referred the changes, brought about by NHS Nottinghamshire County through its Newark Healthcare Review, to an Independent Reconfiguration Panel on the grounds of inadequate consultation.

The panel decided not to call for the independent review, a decision upheld by Health Secretary

Mr Andrew Lansley, but did say there were aspects of engagement and consultation that could have been better.

The secretary of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign, Mr Paul Baggaley, said the council could ask for the matter to be referred again, and he wanted all Newark area county councillors to back this call.

The campaigners can ask for a judicial review, through which a judge would consider their case, but first they have to show they have done everything they can to resolve the matter — including asking the committee to appeal.

There are concerns that the report by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel did not refer to ambulance cover or emergency care in Newark.

The campaign group has been told it cannot appeal the decision itself. It is hoped the town and district councils will back calls for the decision to be looked at again.

The chairman, Mr Francis Towndrow, said they needed to redouble their efforts to overturn the decision to change services at Newark Hospital.

He said there were important questions such as whether Newark would be better off in partnership with hospitals in Nottingham or Lincoln, both of which were easier to get to than Sutton-in-Ashfield. He also raised the possibility of Newark Hospital being operated as a charitable trust.

“There are changes in the White Paper on health that open the door for charitable trusts to run local health services,” he said.

“Would we be better off running our own hospital? It is well supported by local people and they regularly give generously to support it.

“Should Newark people have more say in how the hospital is run and what services it delivers? We think they should.”

He said the town deserved a level of emergency care that other communities took for granted.

Dr Doug Black, medical director for the health trust, said: “We do reiterate that the changes at Newark Hospital are clinically led and are about ensuring patients get the right care, first time.

“In specific reference to the Save Newark Hospital Campaign we look forward to understanding more of their future aims and how we can work with them constructively in the future.”

The chief operating officer at Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Amanda Sullivan, said they were committed to maintaining Newark Hospital as a vibrant healthcare service.

“We have heard concerns about ambulance response times, admission times and transport links and will do whatever we practically can to improve these services,” she said.

Newark Residents Views

Laurence Goff

An independent review is right for Newark, let’s give the voice back to the people and Save our A&E Hospital.

The Campaign must go on until the views of the residents are heard loud and clear.

Questions over Healthcare changes

I would like to know how Dr Mark Jefford, the clinical lead for Newark and Sherwood Health, can agree with the decision to downgrade Newark A&E to a minor injuries unit with the town as populated as it is, and growing rapidly (Committed To Quality Health-care, News Views, February 10).

The chairman of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign, Mr Francis Towndrow, quotes the College of Emergency Medicine stating that if a hospital A&E is to be downgraded to an urgent care/minor injuries unit, the nearest A&E should be no more than 12 miles away.

Dr Jefford says we will get better care at centres of excellence but is there not a danger that some will die before they get there?

I would also like to know how he expects outpatients’ appointments to be made to fit with public transport when what public transport there is takes two hours and two buses each way.

Why are outpatients being forced to travel to King’s Mill for appointments when the same consultants have clinics at Newark?

I have just insisted that a consultant saw me at his Newark orthopaedic clinic, even though I had no broken bones, to save me travelling all the way to King’s Mill for a two-minute appointment.

Why has Bassetlaw been allowed to keep its A&E even though it’s only a few miles from King’s Mill? Because people fought for it and we will keep doing the same.

KEVIN SCOTT, Newark

The Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust (SFHFT) is responsible for the management of the two hospitals, King’s Mill and Newark hospitals. The people of Newark pay the same taxes as folk do in Mansfield, so why the inequality of services provided? An entry in the trust’s publication, Best, of December 2 reads “patients are now seen within 15 minutes of attending the emergency department at King’s Mill Hospital.”Great news or those living close to Mansfield. While King’s Mill has ample emergency care, in Newark we have none — all blue lights are taken to other hospitals.The urgent care model implemented at Newark by the trust management is not fit for purpose. The distance of 20 miles to other hospitals is too far, while the town also has many busy roads and an important rail network, strengthening the case for our own emergency care facilities. Calling an ambulance can at times result in a 30-minute plus wait, and then 40 minutes travelling. Further delays for the patient can then be experienced. Lincoln’s emergency department, together with others, at times have been overstretched and ambulances have had to queue. While ambulances are queueing these vehicles are unable to attend other emergencies resulting in further delays elsewhereWe have been informed that East Midlands Ambulance Services has no plans or funds in place for the provision of extra ambulances. This is a totally unacceptable situation and is putting the safety of patients at risk. In these situations, the promised delivery of a gold standard in the provision of emergency care for Newark patients has hardly reached the level of bronze, and certainly not the right place first time, for all. The transfer of patients such distances is prone to failure, especially during the winter. There may, however, be some hope. A recent finding by the College of Emergency Medicine has stated that if a hospital A and E unit is to be downgraded to an urgent care/minor injuries unit, the nearest A and E unit should be no more than 12 miles away.

— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Save Newark Hospital Campaign


Let’s All Work together to Save Newark Hospital A&E

Time to listen
Thurs Feb 10, 2011 Letter to the Newark Advertiser I went to the very well-attended public meeting at Newark Town Hall on Thursday.The subject was the future of medical services at Newark Hospital.
This was expertly chaired by the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, and the panel of health experts answered questions from many of the concerned people of the town and surrounding villages. Three main themes emerged — the cuts in various services at the hospital; poor transport for patients needing treatment and visitors needing to get to Lincoln or King’s Mill hospitals; and the possibility of more involvement of local GPs. When I began my career 52 years ago in the A & E and outpatients department, Newark was still astride the old A1. We treated most of the road casualties brought in to us, there were clinics in all the major specialities and we had a maternity wing. Local GPs, my father included, were responsible for anaesthetics, fracture clinics, minor surgery and most babies were delivered by the GPs. Now, even with all the millions allocated by successive Governments, many of these facilities have disappeared. Another point to consider is how GPs will find time to give to the hospital if they have to administer budgets as well. Let us hope the panel of health experts listened to the local people’s concerns and there is some positive action to keep our much-needed medical services.
— DIANORA BOND, chartered physiotherapist, Southwell

Stand up and be counted

Laurence Goff with Petition to save Newark Hospital

Let’s still fight for a full hospital review for Newark hospital

Committed to Quality Healthcare-Thursday Feb 10, 2011 letter from Newark Advertiser

I am writing as the clinical lead for Newark and Sherwood Health — the organisation that will take over planning and paying for the healthcare of the people of Newark and Sherwood when the PCT is abolished.The public meeting at Newark Town Hall on Thursday was a welcome opportunity to raise awareness about what the changes will be and how they will impact on the people of Newark for the better.Our priority is the future provision of quality healthcare to the people of Newark and Sherwood at the right place, first time.To be really clear, I am writing to reiterate these points:

— Dr MARK JEFFORD, clinical lead for Newark and Sherwood Health, GP at The Fountain Medical Centre, Newark.

The Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust (SFHFT) is responsible for the management of the two hospitals, King’s Mill and Newark hospitals. The people of Newark pay the same taxes as folk do in Mansfield, so why the inequality of services provided? An entry in the trust’s publication, Best, of December 2 reads “patients are now seen within 15 minutes of attending the emergency department at King’s Mill Hospital.”Great news or those living close to Mansfield. While King’s Mill has ample emergency care, in Newark we have none — all blue lights are taken to other hospitals.The urgent care model implemented at Newark by the trust management is not fit for purpose. The distance of 20 miles to other hospitals is too far, while the town also has many busy roads and an important rail network, strengthening the case for our own emergency care facilities. Calling an ambulance can at times result in a 30-minute plus wait, and then 40 minutes travelling. Further delays for the patient can then be experienced. Lincoln’s emergency department, together with others, at times have been overstretched and ambulances have had to queue. While ambulances are queueing these vehicles are unable to attend other emergencies resulting in further delays elsewhereWe have been informed that East Midlands Ambulance Services has no plans or funds in place for the provision of extra ambulances. This is a totally unacceptable situation and is putting the safety of patients at risk. In these situations, the promised delivery of a gold standard in the provision of emergency care for Newark patients has hardly reached the level of bronze, and certainly not the right place first time, for all. The transfer of patients such distances is prone to failure, especially during the winter. There may, however, be some hope. A recent finding by the College of Emergency Medicine has stated that if a hospital A and E unit is to be downgraded to an urgent care/minor injuries unit, the nearest A and E unit should be no more than 12 miles away.

— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Save Newark Hospital Campaign


Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency

Newark Residents Views


Our Future needs for a better hospital in Newark like King’s Mill Hospital which is badly needed.

Pressure needs to be made for a better service, who will help with our cry.

Let’s all ensure that patients’ needs are their top priority when it comes to have

Newark future for the better.

Laurence Goff campaigning

Standing room only when 200 attended a public meeting  at Newark Town Hall ballroom, many had to be turned away.   The people have spoken from Newark and around the district.  Mr Patrick Mercer MP chaired this event on Thursday 3rd February 2011.  A panel had answered questions from the public with there outcry.

Click on Packed hall for health meeting

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Packed-hall-for-health-meeting

Fri Feb 04, 2011


There was standing room only at a public health meeting in Newark Town Hall chaired by the Newark town’s MP Mr Patrick Mercer.

Click on Pressure on for hospital review

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Pressure-on-for-hospital-review

Thus Feb 03, 2011

Calls for an independent review of planned changes at Newark Hospital have increased ahead of a public meeting tonight. In a unanimous show of support for a review, Newark and Sherwood District Council has demanded that the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, reconsider his decision not to intervene in developments at the hospital.

Let’s Save vital Services at Newark Hospital for our future, hands off our hospital and better bus service. The Save Newark Hospital Campaign says the meeting is the last chance for people to have their say on planned changes at the hospital, which will be in place by April 2011.

WE NEED TO START A CAMPAIGN FOR A SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR OUT OF TOWN HOSPITALS

Why can’t we provide a valuable means of getting to hospital?

Let’s all ensure that patients’ needs are their top priority when it comes to getting visitors, we badly need to do better from Newark to King’s Mill hospital. Kickstart bus project through the last government initiative called “Kickstart”, Kent County Council, in partnership with the two main bus operators in Kent, Arriva and Stagecoach, have been able to make improvements to commercially run bus services in several areas of the county.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Government+Kickstart+fund&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=Q1xMTYnVB4XNhAem3cHeDg

 

Stroke and heart attack patients will no longer be treated at Newark

Hospital, under new plans to develop services at the site.

Newark hospital is set to axe its accident and emergency department, which means patients will not be admitted with stroke, heart attack, chest pains, head injuries or stab wounds.

Some cases will be taken to Newark if the injuries are minor or the patient has a long-term condition. Children will only be seen for minor bumps, burns and bruises.

As part of the new measures, due to be launched in April, there will be a GP based at the hospital overnight and a new emergency care practitioner who can respond to 999 calls.


Bus Service Is Not A Viable Option, the question is to improve the bus service from Newark to all Hospitals.

The Stagecoach 28 bus service leaves The Wharf, Newark for Mansfield

I  read in the Newark Advertiser January 20, 2011 that patients bus service was not viable with a more direct rite from Newark to Kings Mill. You catch the 28 bus from The Wharf in Newark-Mansfield and change. The public would welcome the best option is to carry on to Kings Mill Hospital in the public interest, then waiting around for the 2nd bus.

 

Primary Care Trusts, their subsidiary hospitals and medical centres should have fully wheelchair-accessible direct bus routes between them, not only to move patients but also to transport visitors and staff; they could also be expanded into a similar form of service as that provided in the Scottish Highlands by the Postal Buses, in that internal mail could be carried along with packages. In the Newark area we have Newark Hospital, which comes under Kingsmill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, it is a £100 round trip by taxi or some 8 hours round trip by 3 buses each way, large numbers of disabled, elderly and vulnerable people do not drive cars and people who are sick, in pain or injured tend not to drive either. Hospital car parks are becoming over-subscribed and parking is an ongoing problem, which is getting worse, for most hospitals. Other hospitals that patients and visitors have to go to are Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham Community Hospital, Lincoln Hospital and Grantham Hospital plus Medical Centres such as The Fountain and the Lombard Street centre. Arrival provides bus and rail transport in 11 European countries and provides over one billion journeys per year, the company has vehicles, which are suitable for use with general passengers and wheelchair users, e.g. the buses used in London, which have two doorways, the one in the centre of the bus having a ramp which can be automatically deployed by the wheelchair-user pressing a button on the side of the bus, at a bus stop. However, it would be necessary to be able to provide accomodation for more than one wheelchair per trip.The quik-lok system could be used for securing the chairs and for securing luggage or parcels transit boxes (similar design to those used on aircraft – on wheels and loaded via the wheelchair ramp). A paramedic or ambulance person could travel as the bus ‘conductor’ (for the wont of a better description) and this would have a reduction in the costs to the Ambulance Service in relation to ambulance use and maintenance. He looks forward to your responses in due course.

 

The loss of Our services at Newark 

I am flabbergasted by the number of cuts to bus services already from Newark to Kings Mill hospital Sutton in Ashfield. Among those hit were evening visiting Mansfield as the last bus back to Newark is 5.45pm from the bus station. Despite claims that many of  those routes are a lifeline for the elderly and anyone else who does not have a car.  As subsidies for routes to Newark-Mansfield an already meagre bus service is likely to be cut back further, unless more people do not start using the bus service.

More councils have cuts to their bus budgets a growing pain, facts and figures regarding times cuts could spell the end for a better bus services. There are misconceptions that everyone has a car, the most important factor is not so. These unprecedented cuts will be especially disastrous for people and could effectively mean the death of bus services all together. Let’s ensure buses are used more by  patients, relatives and visits would be encouraged to travel there by bus. 

The travelling time for a return trip from my home on the Farndon Road, Newark to Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield, will take approxiamatley, a staggering 4.30 – 5 hours, around trip and that is providing all buses run as scheduled. 

Many like myself will experiance catching three buses an inevitable consequence of living in certain areas of Newark, Balderton, Collingham and elsewhere around the town. A nightmare for many and what must be impossible for the elderly. 

Whilst the transport problems I mention need resolving there are other important issues that remain. With Kings Mill Hospital 23 miles away the people of Newark now find themselves in a ‘high-risk- zone’ thanks to the reconfigeration made by the NHS after that failed, Newark Health Care Review consultation.

The people of Newark know where the best place first time is – and that is Newark Hospital.  Why can’t  we just have our A&E back?

The eagle eyes of the Newark-On-Trent councillor

Laurence Goff

Newark Hospital A&E  signs have been painted over at all three locations Bowbridge Road – Boundary Road, Victoria Street – Boundary Road and London Road – Bowbridge Road, Newark-On-Trent.

Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency.

 

  1. Newark Hospital the Fight is going on TSave Our A and E …

    16 Mar 2010 … Save Newark A&E Hospital. The fight goes on in the battle to save our A&E Newark Hospital in the public interest. John Mann MP for Bassetlaw …
    newarkresidentsviews.wordpress.com/…/newark-hospital-petition-3894-plus- 5000-from-1st-grand-total-8894/ – 7 hours ago

  2. Newark Advertiser

    4 Dec 2009 … The petition originally called for Newark’s A & E to be saved. … support it in the way that it was worded to “save the A & E department. … of patients have indicated to use our local Newark Hospital and have refuse …
    http://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/view.asp?id=3e7d0c2c-3176… – Cached

  3. Newark Advertiser

     

16 Mar 2010 … MP urges A & E fight. 10:18am Tue Mar 16, 2010. A Labour MP last night urged Newark residents to fight to save services at the town’s …

The first petition was launched in November 2009 to try to prevent changes

to Newark, Nottinghamshire hospital.

I had collected more than 9.000 names in an earlier petition to protest about Newark losing its A and E department.

NHS bosses criticised the wording of the document, saying its use of the word “downgrade” did not accurately describe the plans. I have started our petition has be a success. I believe by replacing Newark hospital’s A and E department with a minor injuries unit would affect the quality of local care. NHS Nottinghamshire County said patients with serious conditions could already be better treated elsewhere.

Figure for 2nd Newark Petition 3894 of which 3431 signed for option 3; 45 for option 1; 21 for option 2; a few signed for all three option. The separate Farndon one was signed for option three 449 to date with some to come in. The accumulated figures are 3894,  plus 5,ooo from  the first petition our grand total 8,894

Both petition grand total 8,894

This petition represents the will of the people and we therefore require them to act upon it in the public interest. I would like to say many thanks to Harry Molyneux who has provided exceptional help to me above and beyond the call of duty  and true friend. I could not have done it with out his help and support.

Over 350 Human chain around Newark Hospital took place on Bank Holiday Monday in protest against the closure of its accident and emergency department.

Newark Hospital the Fight must go on which is in the public interest. Save Newark Hospital campaign Lives on.HumanChain11HumanChain7HumanChain9HumanChain10

Newark  Hospital in in our hands to do something about it in the public interest

We the people are unhappy with the lack of representation regarding our Accident Emergency Hospital.

Disabled and older people will benefit from community transport schemes being set up or extended with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council in the Newark & Sherwood area. It will enable people who don’t have their own vehicle or can’t easily use public transport to get to key services, medical appointments, social engagements and other activities. Scheme users will pay a fee to cover petrol and other expenses. Newark & Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service will launch a social car scheme, hopefully early next year, to help people get to social engagements.

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campaigning to keep i have done my little bit forNewark Hospital’s accident and emergency unit to say open 24 hours.

On this big issue of Ambulance provision “There are gaps in the ambulance provision, there is no doubt about that, and that is why we need to push very hard for EMAS [East Midlands Ambulance Service more help from them.

Waiting times at Newark Hospital

NHS Nottinghamshire County has said it is not looking to move the hospital’s A&E department to save money, but Midlands Ambulance Service] and Nottinghamshire NHS Trust to make sure those gaps are closed.”

Dr Campbell defended the  overall achievements, saying: “The waiting times have gone from two and half years in some cases down to just two and a half months.”

We have many concerns.

I Believe Newark town, has NOT sufficient help regarding the future of Newark Hospital. According to me.   Newark Hospital is “much lower on the public’s agenda” than other issues. Let’s show them how wrong they are.

http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk

Things you didn’t know about Newark Hospital – 1

In one year if only one person per week is treated at Nottingham, Mansfield or Lincoln rather than Newark Hospital and they stay for a week and are visited twice a day their visitors will do enough miles to travel around the world once. Don’t believe us? Work it out for yourself – 1 person x 2 visits x 7 days in  a week x 52 weeks in a year x 40 mile round trip = 29,120 miles. Moving services to other hospitals might be a money saving exercise for the PCT but it certainly isn’t the environmentally friendly option!!!

Posted on  Fri Jul 30, 2010
By Dmoore
The local nhs trust for newark hospital has handled this really dreadfully, but take all the emotion out of the argument and what they are proposing is absolutely correct, newark hospital cannot have all the backup facilities for major trauma or illness, the ambulance service have been taking those catogaries of patients out of newark for a number pf years, it has just never been generally known, i am sure the people leading this campaign are honourable enough.
But in the context of modern trauma and major illness care they are just simply wrong.
Posted on  Fri Aug 06, 2010
By SaveNewarkHospital

Nobody from the Save Newark Hospital Campaign has ever said that Newark Hospital should be equipped to deal with major trauma. What we and the majority of people in Newark want is a facility that offers more than the glorified GP surgery that the PCT seems hell bent on imposing on Newark.

Save Newark Hospital

Dr Ian Campbell standing up for Newark Hospital *1Dr Ian Campbell standing up for Newark Hospital *1

Choose the next MP for Newark Dr Ian CampbellChoose the next MP for Newark Dr Ian Campbell

Save Newark Hospital campaign

Save Newark Hospital Campaign

Laurence Goff, Dr Ian Campbell and Harry Molyneux.

Clearly, No one can intimidate or frighten Dr Ian Campbell when it’s about saving Newark Hospital. Join Save Newark Hospital Campaign.

http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk/

Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency until we win for the people of our town.

Mr Patrick Mercer regarding Newark Hospital *Mr Patrick Mercer regarding Newark Hospital *


Dr Ian Campbell would have voted against the Iraq WarDr Ian Campbell would have voted against the Iraq War

Dr Ian Campbell speaks about conscience and would have voted against the Iraq War.

There’s only one thing worse than not having the opportunity to voice your opinion. It’s being told your opinion does count, then having it ignored.

Friday’s front page story in the Newark Advertiser

http://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/view.asp?id=08365563-9f6d-102d-98a5-28d7be31bb17

This a frightening reminder of the shocking reduction in services at Newark Hospital. How can a 12 year old girl be injured only yards from the hospital but have to wait for an ambulance to be taken to a hospital 20 miles away?

The distress caused to Bethany Powell and her mother Mrs Emma Powell highlights the largely unseen cost of removing vital services from Newark Hospital. A fully functioning Emergency Department together with adequate ambulance provision would have meant that Bethany could have been treated within minutes rather than face a wait then a journey. Happily it appears that Bethany suffered no lasting damage in the incident. We send our best wishes to both her and her mother.

To join the Save Newark Hospital Campaign and try to avoid similar incidents in the future please complete our online form at http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk/?page_id=116 or write to our Secretary:

Mr P Baggaley
93 Charles Street
Newark
NG24 1RN

Newark Hospital the Fight must go on in the public interest. I believe wholeheartedly in being actively involved with every issue of importance to residents as an

Independent Voice for Newark

Newark Advertiser

2 Apr 2010 … Mr Mercer said the Save Newark Hospital campaign was … “We are trying to “save Newark Hospital” as an effective acute centre of health …

www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk

The Save Newark Hospital Campaign Poster

The Bassetlaw MP, John Mann, having experienced and beaten a similar threat to Bassetlaw Hospital in 2003 contacted  Newark, Dr Ian Campbell MBE, to offer his support for the people of Newark and Newark Hospital.

At a public meeting held on March 15th 2010 John Mann MP and Dr Ian Campbell MBE relaunched the campaign to save Newark Hospital. Dr Campbell agreed to head the relaunched campaign and generous donations were made towards a telephone ballot of Newark Residents, the balance of which will be covered by Newark Labour Party. The possibility of calling Parish Meetings to request a referendum on the future of Newark Hospital was also discussed and widely agreed to be an excellent way to get the NHS Trust to listen to the people.

We need as much help as we can get to ensure that Newark Hospital not only maintains its current level of services but is able to expand them in line with the planned growth in the population  of Newark and the surrounding area. If you are able to help us please e-mail helpus@savenewarkhospital.org.uk

To download this press release in pdf format please visit our downloads page.

To view the full positioning document please click here.

Newark Hospital Consultation Fails Government Guidance

The Campaign to Save Newark Hospital says NHS Nottinghamshire County never had any intention of following what local people wanted and is calling for every household in the town to be balloted over the future of the town’s A&E department and Friary Ward.

It follows the Campaign’s Chair, Dr Ian Campbell, being told by NHS Nottinghamshire County that the Campaign’s positioning document will not be considered as part of the consultation process.

But the Campaign has discovered that NHS Nottinghamshire County, which is in charge of the consultation process, has itself failed to consult according to government guidance.

Results of public consultation on the future of Newark Hospital are to be presented to NHS Nottinghamshire County today (Thursday 27th May), with a decision made at an extraordinary board meeting on 17th June. The general public was asked to consider two options for the future of the Hospital’s A&E department; and two for the future of Friary Ward (see Editors Notes).

But the Campaign believes the NHS Nottinghamshire County consultation process has been fundamentally flawed, was in places misleading, and has failed to adhere to government guidance[1] on the following points:

Criterion 1: When to consultFormal consultation should take place at a stage when there is scope to influence the policy outcome.

The consultation has taken place too late in the planning cycle.  There has been no opportunity to influence policy outcomes. The public has been presented with two predetermined options from which to choose, not asked for their open opinion on the future of services at Newark Hospital.

Criterion 3: Clarity of scope and impactConsultation documents should be clear about the consultation process, what is being proposed, the scope to influence and the expected costs and benefits of the proposals. Whilst the consultation document is clear about what is being proposed, the consultation is biased and misleading (see ‘Clinical Argument’ Page 7, Save Newark Hospital Campaign Positioning Document). Criterion 4: Accessibility of consultation exercisesConsultation exercises should be designed to be accessible to, and clearly targeted at, those people the exercise is intended to reach.

The consultation has not been clearly targeted and has failed to reach its target population as indicated by the low response rate (see Criterion 6 below). This would not be unusual if we did not already know that people in Newark care deeply about this issue. This therefore suggests that people did not feel confident in the process, in the absence of a third option. Government guidance suggests that if there is no choice then a different method of communication should be used (see Better Together page 75). We contend that the process has failed because the consultation has not been clearly targeted.

Criterion 6: Responsiveness of consultation exercisesConsultation responses should be analysed carefully and clear feedback should be provided to participants following the consultation. Once published the analysis of the results requires careful scrutiny. The consultation document states that, “We are consulting the local community between 30 November 2009 and 6 March 2010 – and we want as many people as possible to contribute“. Only 263 responses, or just slightly more than 0.5%, had been received in the last few weeks before closure of the consultation and that a telephone canvassing operation was commissioned to raise a further 500 responses. It has not been made clear who responded to this telephone canvassing but it is unlikely to be representative of the same group of respondents who made their comments proactively and therefore may not be included as part of the Consultation response. The sample size, of less than 1% of the target population does not therefore present a statistically significant sample.

Criterion 7: Capacity to consultOfficials running consultations should seek guidance in how to run an effective consultation exercise and share what they have learned from the experience.

The consultation process should have stated that it would abide by the government guidelines on consultation in their documents. This has not been done. Commenting the Campaign’s Chair, Dr Ian Campbell said: It’s also clear to us that Sherwood Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust doesn’t agree with the proposals; the general public doesn’t agree with the proposals; and staff working at the hospital don’t agree with the proposals. We urge NHS Nottinghamshire County to do the right thing and consult those that matter most by balloting every household in Newark so any decision taken on the future of the Hospital is truly representative.’

[1] ‘Better Together – Improving Consultation with the Third Sector’, Cabinet Officehttp://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&client=firefoxa&hs=nFe&rls=org.mozilla%3AenUS%3Aofficial&channel=s&q=Better+Together+government+consultation+guidance&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Save Newark Hospital – A fight worth fighting… A fight that can be …

  1. The Save Newark Hospital Campaign was officially launched on Monday 22nd March 2010. Following on from the public meeting held on 15th March keyattendees …
    http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk/Cached
  2. About our campaign – Save Newark Hospital

    At a public meeting held on March 15th 2010 John Mann MP and Dr Ian Campbell MBE relaunched the campaign to save Newark Hospital. Dr Campbell agreed to head …
    http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk/?page_id=2Cached
Newark Healthcare review


 

Supporters of Newark Hospital have launched a new petition with a third option for the reclassification of the accident and emergency unit.

Town councillors Mr Laurence Goff and Mr Harry Molyneux are asking people to sign in support of one of three options.


 

Former patients have hit out at plans to take heart attack victims immediately to a specialist treatment centre.

 


Mr Derek Ingamells (63) of Robert Dukeson Avenue, Newark, spent 12 days in Newark
Hospital after having a heart attack a month ago.


 

A petition against the changes to accident and emergency cover at Newark has topped 3,000 signatures.

Newark town councillor Mr Laurence Goff launched the petition on Wednesday of last week and has been collecting signatures outside the Town Hall.

 


 

Newark Advertiser

Newark town councillor Mr LaurenceGoff launched the petition on Wednesday of Mr Goffhas since changed the petition to: “Do not downgrade Newark A

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Also try: petition, Newark, Newark Hospital, Newark Advertiser

 

 

Petition over plans to replace Newark’s A&E department is

A PETITION over plans to replace Newark’s A&E department will be Town councillorLaurenceGoff has gathered 5,000 signatures on a petition to “safeguard” the department but

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Also try: PETITION, A&E department, in January, Postcode


Save Newark Hospital – A fight worth fighting for… A fight …

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  1. sign a petition to save Newark Hospital’s A & E … …
    newarkresidentsviews.wordpress.com/…/lets-save-newark-accident- emergency-from-closing/ – Cached
  2. LET’S ALL SAVE NEWARK HOSPITAL TOGETHER | Facebook

  3. LET’S ALL SAVE NEWARK HOSPITAL TOGETHER is on FacebookSign up for Facebook to connect with LET’S ALL SAVE NEWARK HOSPITAL TOGETHER. LET’S ALL SAVE NEWARK
  4. YouTube – Let’s Save Newark A&E Hospital For the Future

    WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NEWARK HOSPITAL? Obviously not everyone Dr Ian Campbell can save Newark Hospital thanks also to the help of John Mann …
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  5. Dr Ian Campbell MBE – Save Newark Hospital

    On Monday 15th March 2010 Dr Ian Campbell MBE shared a platform with John Mann, the Bassetlaw MP at a public meeting to relaunch the Save Newark Hospital
    http://www.driancampbell.org/savenewarkhospital.htmlCached
  6. Newark Advertiser

Votes roll in to save A & E

Newark Advertiser Fri Jul 30, 2010

Almost 2,000 people have responded to a ballot being run by the Save Newark Hospital Campaign.

Casting his vote at the stall on Newark Market Place is Mr John Bright, of Pinfold Lane, Balderton, with hospital campaigner Trish Gurney. (240710AM6-2)

More than 1,200 returned forms published in last week’s Advertiser.

They were added to forms previously completed.

The ballot asks if people want the services provided at Newark Hospital’s A & E to be retained and Friary Ward to be re-opened and developed.

The campaign group wants to demonstrate that a majority of people do not support changes to services at the hospital and wants to get the outcome of the Newark Healthcare Review overturned.

The group manned a stall in Newark Market Place on Saturday where ballot forms were collected.

Others were handed in to the Advertiser offices. The forms in the Advertiser can be handed in up to “We feel somewhat overwhelmed by the response.

“The overwhelming thing to come out of this is that people do want the A & E department at Newark Hospital to be retained and developed and Friary Ward brought back into use.

“There is no doubt in our minds that this campaign is calling for the correct outcome.

“Many people brought their filled in ballot papers with them on Saturday.

“We’ve had people saying that Newark Hospital saved my child, or saved my husband. People feel very strongly indeed.”

One of those to deposit his ballot form was Mr John Bright, of Pinfold Lane, Balderton, who said: “It has got to stay as it is. It is as simple as that.

“We have the A1, Fernwood is expanding and Newark is expanding. To have anything less than we have is ridiculous.

“There is no public transport of worth to King’s Mill Hospital. We don’t want to be in a position where ten years down the line we are saying ‘if only we’d fought then, but now it’s too late.’”

Completed ballot papers can be sent to 93 Charles Street, Newark, NG24 1RN, or brought or posted to the Advertiser offices on Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JX.

The campaign group is planning a legal challenge against the healthcare review.

Members want to go to the Health Service Ombudsman and hope to apply for a judicial review.

The group wants professional legal advice over an application for judicial review and is looking for a solicitor specialising in public law to help.

NHS Nottinghamshire County, which ran the healthcare review, says the planned changes will save lives by ensuring people get the right care, first time.

It says the healthcare review involved extensive public consultation and scrutiny by outside organisations.

It says it has passed all the Government tests for changing services.

Newark Hospital the Fight is going on in the Public interest By Saving our Accident and Emergency

Who Really Cares About The Future Of Newark Hospital? Obviously Not Everyone. Only Public Opinion Can Save Newark Hospital With True Compassion

And Conviction To Safeguard Our A&E Together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WDfmQM4l0U

To join the campaign to save Newark Hospital please

e-mail: helpus@savenewarkospital.org.uk

or visit the campaign’s website at

www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk.

Save Newark

Accident and Emergency

Hospital

Public Opinion is on our Side

The fight goes on in the battle to save our A & E Newark Hospital in the public interest. Speak with passion and with true conviction to safeguard our A&E.

Have our local representatives giving up on Newark hospital future. Why have we been unable to gain support from them. A petition was taken regarding Newark Hospital the 3,431 had went for the 3rd option which read OPEN 24/7 URGENT CARE CENTRE/UNIT WITH IMPROVED AMBULANCE SERVICE AND SHUTTLE BUS TO KING’S MILL There’s only one thing worse than not having the opportunity to voice your opinion. It’s being told your opinion does count, then having it ignored altogether.

Newark A & E cut support defies public opinion

There’s only one thing worse than not having the opportunity to voice your opinion. It’s being told your opinion does count, then having it ignored.
Our decision to save Newark A & E and not  support the downgrading of Newark Hospital, endorsing the decision to close it completely between midnight and 7am flies in the face of local opinion. I see Mr Mercer has change his mind once again, interesting In the space of a few short months. Thousands signed petitions protesting against the moves by NHS Nottinghamshire County to downgrade the A & E department.  Public meetings, held to allow people to express their views, were attended by local residents angry and concerned about what many perceive as yet another step towards full closure of the hospital. And still nothing changes.

The support for the people of Newark  

Regardless of the arguments put forward about quality of service, this move is ultimately about cost.

The NHS in Nottinghamshire has seen a decade of unprecedented investment and improvement.

Financial crisis which we have experienced at Newark Hospital means that savings have to be made somewhere.

Do you really want the best future for our children, our elderly or our vulnerable?

Let’s fight to make Newark an even better place to live and grow, for all of us

Who real cares about its people, I do. But we need your help to achieve this together.

Cllr Laurence Goff

Newark Town Council Memeber – Resident

01636-681878 (home) Mobile 07794613879

laurencegoff4newark@yahoo.co.uk

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Newark Notts for a Better Future by Newark resident Laurence Goff



Taken by Amateur Photographer Laurencegoff around Newark Upon Trent

Welcome To Newark-On-Trent by local Resident

Laurence Goff Newark Resident

I have the time and will be active all year round for you. I believe in working hard for Newark and the people, nothing is too much trouble. I will, however, remain active by standing up for those who feel their voice is not being heard. If you have a passion come and join us.

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Laurence Goff is always ready to get involved in residents’ issues for the Newark  community my campaigning their needs your help and support is always welcome. Let’s fight for local people in and around Newark

History, sacrifice and a forgotten donkey…

The prospect of a sunny summer’s day, most folk would contemplate a trip to the seaside rather than visit the local cemetery, but having just spent two fascinating hours in Newark Cemetery I’m starting to appreciate its attractions, writes Graham Keal.

 Newark town councillor and chair of the Friends of Newark Cemetery Laurence Goff showed me round and shared his increasing knowledge about the cemetery its residents. 

Peace and quiet, flowers and the freshly mown grass, the chaffinch perched perkily on a nearby gravestone while we reviewed the final home of Newark’s local notables, and the chance to quietly appreciate for a moment the sacrifice made by so many young men in wars spanning centuries.

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The Victorian chapel now converted into the cemetery’s Interpretation Centre holds a wealth of information, photographic displays and leaflets detailing everything from the sobering number of soldiers and servicemen – English, Polish, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders – laid to rest here to the most famous residents and the native fauna and flora. Apart from the chaffinch, you might see a spotted flycatcher, gold crests, field fares and tree creepers as well as the more common blackbirds, sparrows and wood pigeons – plus squirrels and hedgehogs.

Laurence has become thoroughly absorbed in the cemetery’s history since becoming a founder member of the Friends of Newark Cemetery in 2005. He has been Chairman of the Friends since 2010. “It’s been fascinating to find out about the people here. I didn’t know when I started that I would get so heavily involved, but once you’ve taken that first step, you have to find out the next chapter.”

He gets enquiries from all over the world about long-lost graves of family members – his website at http://newarkcemeteryuk.wordpress.com

http://friendsofnewarkcemeteryuk.weebly.com/

 

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Some 30 fatalities from the Ransome and Marles bombing in 1941 are buried here, including John Henry Green, a roof spotter in the Home Guard who had the misfortune, aged 55, to be up there when the bombs rained down, and Edward Beale. Laurence located his grave last year when far-flung family members travelled to Newark to see it for the first time.

SIKORSKI

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There are of course 397 Polish war graves here from WWII (the figure of 422 given in the cemetery leaflet includes fatalities from 1947) – and General Sikorski was buried here during his country’s occupation, his remains being finally repatriated in 1993.

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Pete Stevens has started on this project  which has been launched to match photographs to all the names on the Newark and Balderton war memorials. There are 603 names on Newark’s Memorial To The Fallen at Newark Cemetery, of whom 456 are first world war casualties. Another 144 are from the second World War, one died in West Africa in 1961, one in Malaya in 1952 and one in Afghanistan in 2007. There are 45 names from the first World War on the memorial in St Giles’ Church, Balderton, and a further 13 from 2nd World war.

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Memorial to the Fallen in Newark Cemetery Newark, Nottinghamshire  NG24 1sQ

Memorial to the Fallen at Newark Cemetery

On 28th April 2007, Richard Todd OBE, officially unveiled the Memorial to the Fallen in Newark Cemetery on London Road.

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Laurence Goff Chairman Friends Of Newark Cemetery

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Memorial to the Fallen of Newark commemorating those military personnel who lost their lives in conflict since 1914

First World War 1914-1918 total from Newark Killed  456

Second World War 1939-1945 total from Newark killed 144

One killed from West Africa 1961

One killed from Malaya 1962

One killed from Afghanistan 2007

Total 603

We will Remember them, RIP

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Servicemen who died Came From Newark-On-Trent

Memory to the Fallen located at Newark Cemetery

First World War 1914-1918 Second World War 1939-1945

 West Africa 1961

Malaya 1962

Afghanistan 2007

 Total 603

We will Remember them, RIP

 Newark  has 49 First World War graves that are scattered throughout, and not in one place. Let’s commemorate our local War died during the First – Second World Wars and to the present day.

Two minutes

Two minutes isn’t much to give,
To those who fought and died,
And not forgetting loved ones,
Who Till this day have cried.

To Flanders fields where poppies grow,
Our thoughts return to long ago,
And in remembrance they still live,
Two minutes isn’t much to give

Remembering those who have given up their lives for our Freedom

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Pete Stevens Fonc

Pete Stevens of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who lives in Balderton, has made it a project to try to produce a photo of every one of the 456 WWI fallen who are buried here and all 144 of those from WWII. Photos found so far are displayed in the Interpretation Centre.

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Local notables buried here include war hero Sam Derry, whose daring undercover work in The Vatican during WWII was immortalised in his gripping book The Rome Escape Line, about his work with Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, sustaining escaped PoWs and smuggling them back to Britain. Their exploits were also recorded in the film The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck. Sam even appeared on This Is Your Life.

Balderton’s distinguished actor Sir Donald Wolfit is not buried here, but his older brother Philip Woolfitt is (Sir Donald changed the spelling for his stage name). Philip was a casualty of WWI, aged just 19. He joined up after travelling to Canada and served in the Canadian infantry.

Cornelius Brown, who died in 1907 after writing the definitive history of Newark in two huge volumes and editing the Newark Advertiser for 33 years, lies here as do renowned artist William H. Cubley, Joseph Gilstrap, whose son founded Newark’s first free library in 1883, countless Quibells and 48 Blatherwicks, both families having made great contributions to the town’s history and civic life.

• Further Open Days at the Cemetery Interpretation Centre are planned from April – October 2016

   Laurence can also open the centre for groups of visitors on  by arrangement. Call him on 01636 681878  – 07794613879

or email: 

 friendsofnewarkcemetery@yahoo.co.uk

 Dakota flies in for Newark Air Bridge ceremony

 A Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew three times over Newark Cemetery during the annual Air Bridge Commemoration Service held on 4th Sunday in September each year (27 September 2015). 

The Interpretation Centre will be open on the day from 12 noon until 1.40pm and will close down for ceremony which starts at 2pm.

The annual Air Bridge Service is held to commemorate the casualties stemming from the 1944 Warsaw Uprising during World War II, resulting in the Polish Government in exile in London appealing to Winston Churchill for assistance. Help came when the Allies decided to fly in food and munitions to the Polish Partisans or Home Army, but the help was delivered at enormous cost, hence the commemorations which continue to this day.

The open-air service used to be organised by the Airbridge Association but has now been taken on by Newark Town Council, as survivors from that era grow fewer.

Some 250 airmen from Britain and the Commonwealth died during the perilous Air Bridge operation. Visitors from Poland and all over the UK attend the service and lay wreaths.

Mayor of Newark will be among those who laid a wreath in memory of the airman who lost their lives on the mission.

http://www.newarknotts.co.uk/dakota-flies-in-for-newark-air-bridge-ceremony/

Report and Pic: Dakota over Newark, taken by Newark town councillor Laurence Goff.

All Souls Day Ceremony of Homage and Remembrance

Newark’s annual All Souls Day Ceremony takes place on Sunday 25th October 2015 at Newark Cemetery, and the cemetery’s Chapel Interpretation Centre will be open before and after the 3pm parade.

This event is organised by the Polish Air Force Association and will be held in the Commonwealth War Graves Section of the cemetery.

The Procession of the Collegiate Body, led by the Standard, will begin the ceremony, after which wreaths will be laid, and tea lights will be lit on each of the graves.

The Interpretation Centre will be open on the day from 1pm until 2.40pm and will close down for ceremony. Also after the ceremony, guests are invited back to Newark Town Hall for light refreshments.

The ceremony marks the end of the season for the Interpretation Centre with its exhibits and photographs of local casualties in successive wars. During the autumn and winter months the centre will be open only by appointment for groups. Anyone interested should contact  Laurence Goff, chair of the Friends of Newark Cemetery, on 01636 681878.

The next meeting of the Friends of Newark Cemetery takes place at Newark Town Hall in the Pickin Room on  4th November 2015 2pm.

http://www.newarknotts.co.uk/all-souls-day-ceremony-of-homage-and-remembrance/

• Report and Pic of Newark Cemetery by Chairman of the Friends of Newark Cemetery  Laurence Goff

 

Newarks of the world unite!

Regular Living Local contributor and Newark Town Councillor Laurence Goff sent us this photo of and information on the large plaque on Church Street close by the ancient Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene – a piece of Newark heritage right there in the street which many of us pass regularly or even step over without really noticing it or appreciating what it stands for.

Newark’s of the world unite!

http://www.newarknotts.co.uk/newarks-of-the-world-unite/

There are 26 Newarks listed including 21 from American States – Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Also on the plaque is the Newark of Natal in South Africa, Newark Ontario in Canada, Newark in Queensland Australia and Newark Bay in the Falkland Islands.

Not included, it seems, is Newark in Cambridgeshire, nowadays absorbed as part of the city of Peterborough.

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Personal Protest To The South Notts Hunt

 1st January at 10.30am Newark Town Councillor Laurence Goff

He will be Out Once Again With his Personal Protest To The South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark-On-Trent Outside Newark Town Hall. I’m showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. It has been illegal to use dogs to hunt animals in England and Wales since 2005.

Newark-On-Trent a large crowd will turn outside Newark Town Hall in the Market Place to welcome The South Notts Hunt. I will gather for my traditional peaceful protest on  1st January  at around 11am against them and for a Hunting: Ban. I welcome it will not be overturned. Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.

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They will not bring forward a lifting fox hunting ban.The Hunting Act 2004. There are more MPs who support the Hunting Act. I have to say it’s worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public supportIt is worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public support the Hunting Act and are opposed to repeal and any politician who votes in favour of repeal will be doing so against the will of most of the people who voted him or her into parliament. The Hunting Act 2004.

Thousands of hunting enthusiasts will turn out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act. I’m true to my conviction, no matter what anyone else thinks about me. I will be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people may attempt to convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have.Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign.Most members of the House of Commons.

MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting by 362 to 154 a majority of 208. The Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals (CPHA). Three animal welfare groups joined together to form the CPHA. They are: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA), the League against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. My Peaceful Protest.

Newark Resident Laurence Goff

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Found me on facebook  Let’s influence the agenda and mix with people in and around Newark town. Over the last few years in Newark we have witnessed the emergence of a whole host of single issue which some have got involved or started on everything from environment issues like Newark empty homes and properties. I simply wish to make a practical difference at a local level, for instance by helping out at local Issues in Newark.

Laurence Goff  Newark resident, let’s always remember that for every word we typed there is a real person sitting behind the keyboard. Be true to yourself and your convictions, no matter what anyone else thinks about you. “Don’t change who you are by the way other people treat you.” I will try to be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people may attempt to convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have.

Let’s always remember that for every word we typed there is a real person sitting behind the keyboard. Be true to yourself and your convictions, no matter what anyone else thinks about you. “Don’t change who you are by the way other people treat you.” I will try to be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people may attempt to convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have. I  served the people by expressing their views always a truly independent person like me can think and do the right things for the Newark residents accordingly. What I am looking for are the thoughts from you with a strategy standpoint, being a truly Voice for Newark without any agenda. We all need to start playing an important part of ensuring our community’s needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all it’s residents. Councillors must give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions on your behalf by make a positive contribution to our community.

 My aim is to give committed service to the community and to represent the views and needs wholeheartedly throughout the year. 

What are the qualities of a good person?

Here is what has come to mind:

I will dedicated to Newark and willing to work hard all year round in the public interest.
I have the ability to communicate/connect with people ( being ‘personable’ if you would like a visit or phone call on your home phone) I am here for you.

Connection to the Community of Newark I will be Energetic/Hard Working, Honesty/Integrity, Innovative Thinker
Good listener.

Appeal based to all people  in Newark,  Ability  to win for all the people (that’s what it takes to win)

 The Ability to Communicate ,  I will be an enthusiastic for Newark  Town.

I believe an engage with every voter personally, but an effective team. I will do my best to reach all voters, if you would like a visit or phone call on your home phone. Let’s have an ability to make a difference for the good of Newark people.

I need to be a strong, In Reflecting the wellbeing of the people,  I am ask you what do you want me to do for the next few years for the good of Newark?

You can contact me by using one of the methods below.

laurencegoff4newark@yahoo.co.uk

I look forward to hearing what other people think.

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Let’s Save Newark Hospital For A Better Future

100_9020Death rates for patients in the Newark district are rising faster than for those from other areas, prompting concerns over healthcare provision.

100_8905Figures reveal the proportion of patients from postcodes NG22, NG23, NG24 and NG25 classed as emergency admissions who die within 30 days of being admitted to hospital is going up.

The figures were obtained by the Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign group after Freedom of Information requests to the three hospital trusts that take Newark area patients.

The hospitals covered are Newark; King’s Mill at Sutton-in-Ashfield; Nottingham City; Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham; Grantham; and Lincoln County, where most patients from NG22-NG25 are admitted.

The hospitals are run by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

All figures relate to patients who died within 30 days of being admitted as emergencies to the hospitals.

According to the figures 3.7% (813 of 21,998) of emergency patients from NG22-NG25 died from 2008-10.

From 2011-13, 5.37% (1,246 of 23,200) NG22-NG25 emergency patients died.

From 2012-14 it was 6.57% (1,539 of 23,441).

The rise in deaths of emergency patients from other postcodes at the hospitals has been more gradual.

From 2008-10 it was 5.07% (20,950 of 413,438); in 2011-13 it was 5.31% (22,738 of 428,333) and in 2012-14 it was 6.05% (25,556 of 422,107).

Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group said overall mortalities, in and out of hospital, had decreased and deaths in Newark and Sherwood were below the national average and lower than in other parts of Nottinghamshire.

Mr Paul Baggaley, secretary of the campaign group, said: “Two years ago, after submitting a Freedom of Information request for mortality rate data we demonstrated that mortalities had increased in Newark and Sherwood following the implementation of the Newark Healthcare Review and the downgrading of Newark Hospital.

“We have repeated the exercise and found that mortalities have continued to rise.

“These findings are consistent with data from other sources and indicative of a healthcare service that is under increasing pressure.

“The people who are responsible for these failings are the clinical commissioning groups who have failed to commission the right service, a service that treats everyone fairly and equally.”

Dr Amanda Sullivan, chief officer of Newark and Sherwood CCG, said: “The figures obtained reflect patients who were admitted with a range of different conditions including acutely very ill people who needed specialist treatment in a major centre.

“Overall, mortality, in and out of hospital, has actually decreased over the same period and this was verified by an independent review commissioned in 2013.

“Deaths of under 65s have reduced by 15% between 2007-2010 and 2011-2013 whilst increasing by 4% in those aged 85 and above.

“Overall, deaths in Newark and Sherwood are below the national average and lower than in other parts of Nottinghamshire. It is also important to recognise that the case mix of people admitted to hospital is changing and less seriously ill patients are increasingly cared for at home.”

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Death-rate-rise-in-Newark-district-sparks-fre

3,000-plus add names to petition

 4th December 2009

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Laurence Goff

A petition against the changes to accident and emergency cover at Newark has topped 3,000 signatures.
Newark town councillor Mr Laurence Goff launched the petition on Wednesday of last week and has been collecting signatures outside the Town Hall.

The petition originally called for Newark’s A & E to be saved.

It says: “This petition represents the will of the people and we therefore require our MP for Newark, to act upon it.”

Mr Mercer said he would present Mr Goff’s petition to the Department of Health but he could not personally support it in the way that it was worded to “save the A & E department.”

Newark’s casualty is set to be changed to a minor injuries unit plus (MIU+) which health bosses say better reflects the services offered.

Mr Goff has since changed the petition to: “Do not downgrade Newark A & E.”

Those signing on Wednesday were angered by the plans put forward by NHS Nottinghamshire County for Newark Hospital.

Mrs Heather Hickman (72) of Wilfred Avenue, Balderton, said if more people were to be treated at other hospitals then better public transport was needed. She said there should be direct buses from Newark to all the surrounding hospitals.

She was particularly concerned about the proposals for heart attack and strokes and felt people were going to die as a result of going to specialist centres.

Mr Ray Howell (73) of Harewood Avenue, Newark, had a heart attack three years ago and was cared for at Newark Hospital. He said the staff were brilliant and all deserved medals.

His wife, Mrs Mavis Howell (73) needs a scan every month at King’s Mill to monitor an eye condition, age-related macular degeneration. The equipment is not available at Newark.

The couple drive there but say they have to leave Newark at 12.30pm for a 2.15pm appointment as they need extra time to find a parking space. Mrs Howell said the hospital was brilliant but would prefer to be treated at Newark.

Other petitions have also been set up, including one in the Yorke One Foodstore on Yorke Drive.

Mr Clive Owen, of Cottage Close, Balderton, has set up an e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website.

It says: “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the Accident and Emergency service at Newark Hospital is maintained at its current level and not downgraded.”

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Its new director insists her short-term appointment will not change plans or the strategy already in place for Newark Hospital. http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Newark-Hospitals-new-director-Jacqueline-Tot
Oct 15, 2014
Newly-released figures show more than £1/4m a month is being spent paying back the PFI debt on Newark Hospital.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust spends £3.56m a month servicing its total PFI debt made up of £3.29m on King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and £270,000 on Newark. That is 16% of the trust’s total operating expenditure.
http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/PFI-cost-for-Newark-Hospital-revealed

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Jul 17, 2014
A senior member of the medical staff at Newark Hospital has raised concerns over lost inpatient services.
The staff member, who asked not to be named, said a volunteer had told them “the heart has been taken out of the hospital.”

The concerns were raised in response to a letter to the Advertiser by the chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Paul O’Connor, that suggested services at Newark had not been downgraded.

Mr O’Connor wrote in June refuting claims by the Say Yes to Newark Hospital Campaign that services had been reduced and said eight new ones had been added, such as the Fernwood Community Unit, Bramley Children’s Unit and sleep apnoea clinic.

He has reiterated the trust’s commitment to the hospital.

But in a letter to the paper this week the hospital staff member said: “The issue isn’t the addition of outpatient services, but the reduction of inpatient services and their allied areas.

“They go hand-in-hand in providing essential care that distinguishes us as a hospital and not merely a walk-in centre.”

The staff member asks: “What is the agenda of Paul O’Connor and Amanda Sullivan, of the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group?

“If their main goal was to provide quality, patient-centred care then why have key services been transferred elsewhere, such as joint replacement surgery, day case keyhole surgery, gynaecological surgery, and care of urgent but non-critical cases such as the dear lady who had to wait for hours on a Farndon road (as reported by the Advertiser in June)?”

The staff member said they felt decisions were being driven by economics, not patients’ needs and agreed with a hospital volunteer who told them “the heart has been taken out of the hospital.”

They said the concerns of local people should be respected.

Mr Francis Towndrow, the chairman of the Say Yes to Newark Hospital Campaign, said: “The writer is absolutely correct — Newark should be offering more services. The public and staff don’t just want a glorified doctor’s surgery.

“If we are not vigilant we will have only a walk-in centre and not a proper hospital that is capable of treating a wide range of inpatients.”

Mr O’Connor said the trust’s commitment to the hospital was as “strong as it has always been” and that it was seeing more patients every year.

“Our decision to increase day case procedures at Newark Hospital is about patient safety,” he said.

“Extensive reviews have found that it would not be feasible or sustainable to put in place the required infrastructure to support so few orthopaedic joint operations at the hospital.

“It is entirely appropriate that Newark Hospital continues to treat more patients as a day case, ensuring that we see more patients, whilst continuing to offer safe and sustainable services.”

Amanda Sullivan said she understood some staff concerns about services that “haven’t yet been fully developed” and would welcome their input.

She said: “The vision we set out for the future of Newark Hospital is not going to be realised overnight.

“Our vision outlines the next five to ten years for the hospital. Many new services have been added and will continue to develop.

“The Fernwood Unit is pioneering and we will be looking to further develop similar types of care.”

She said the hospital would remain as an inpatient facility, but would not provide acute emergency services or complex procedures.

She said: “The services that have been discontinued did not meet modern-day standards and decisions were made on clinical grounds with a wide range of doctors and nurses from the hospital.”

The letter received by the Newark Advertiser about Newark Hospital

“I am writing in reply to Paul O‘Connor’s disappointing letter, Hitting Back Over Hospital Services (Advertiser, June 5).

I work at Newark Hospital and, for this reason, have never written to or spoken to the Advertiser regarding issues around the hospital.

But when I read this letter I was extremely upset and I now feel I have a duty of care to write in protest.

In the letter he implies that Newark has not been downgraded.

The issue isn’t the addition of outpatient services mentioned by Paul O’Connor but the reduction of inpatient services and their allied areas.

They go hand-in-hand in providing essential care that distinguishes us as a hospital and not merely a walk-in centre.

Local people who are constantly raising their concerns, such as Francis Towndrow (chairman of Say Yes to Newark Hospital) have only one agenda and that is to protect the services we have still got and fight for the return of those that have been taken away.

These services could still be delivered at Newark, with appropriate support and investment.

The question we ask is: What is the agenda of  Amanda Sullivan, of the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group?

If their main goal was to provide quality, patient-centred care then why have key services been transferred elsewhere, such as joint replacement surgery, day-case keyhole surgery, gynaecological surgery and care of urgent (non-critical) cases such as the dear lady who had to wait for hours on a Farndon road, when patients are asking to be treated at Newark?

Newark Hospital has always provided safe, quality care and we still do so even though our morale, in some areas, has been shaken by the changes.

A hospital volunteer said to me the other day: “As I walk through the corridor now I feel the heart has been taken out of the hospital.”

I agree, and when local hospital campaigners speak up and protest this is exactly what they are fighting for.

When Paul O’Connor and Amanda Sullivan speak they do so in a detached way.

Their decisions are driven by economics and not by what local patients want and need.

Of course, the cost of the service is important but don’t let it be at the cost of our safety and wellbeing.

The report regarding Mid Staffordshire (NHS Trust public inquiry) reminded us how important it is that leaders of healthcare services listen to people who raise concerns such as Francis Towndrow and the Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign group.

Paul O’Connor had a very difficult job.

He has since moved away.

We need to be more open and honest in our approach with respectful of the concerns of the local population, some of whom are intelligently and diligently giving up their time to try to protect our local newark hospital services.

 

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Campaign 2009 – 2010

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 Independent Town Councillor 

Laurence Goff gives his eye-witness account of Newark’s burning social issues.

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They have since painted out A&E, I went over a few old photos. Newark Hospital is back in the news.

The widow of an elderly stroke victim who died after he was turned away from hospital says she has lost her faith in the NHS after health bosses admitted it had failed him.
Mrs Ruth Mallalieu, 84, of Caunton, said an apology she has received made “no difference” and that she had been through a “terrible ordeal.”

The findings of an East Midlands Ambulance Service investigation into the care of her husband, Mr John Mallalieu, 89, was published today (Wednesday, May 14).

Mr Mallalieu, a former vet, died in December after the ambulance taking him to hospital was diverted when it was just minutes away from King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, because the stroke unit was closing.

It was told to go to City Hospital, Nottingham.

Mrs Mallalieu believes the subsequent delay in him receiving a vital injection of clot busting drugs reduced his chances of survival.

EMAS’ director of operations, Mr Richard Henderson, said: “It is clear that our service was not to the high standard it should have been on the day.”

The chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFHFT), Mr Paul O’Connor, said: “Mr Mallalieu was failed by the NHS.”

Mrs Mallalieu said: “It is disgraceful how long it took to take him to hospital. I feel very let down. He got his injection too late because it took too long to get him there.

“It has been a terrible ordeal and I keep thinking ‘if only this had happened or that had happened.’

“It is so sad that it happened to such a wonderful person.

“My faith in the NHS has been absolutely shaken. I used to see these stories in the news and could not understand how these things could happen – I thought it was rubbish but now it has happened to John.”

The chief executive of EMAS, Sue Noyes, and Mr Henderson visited Mrs Mallalieu personally on Monday to apologise and explain the findings of the investigation.

It found:

• The 999 call was received at 3.59pm and Mr Mallalieu arrived at City Hospital at 6.22pm.

• There was a 55 minute delay in getting an ambulance to the scene because the nearest vehicle was not diverted from a non-life threatening case.

• The decision to divert the ambulance from King’s Mill was taken when staff at the emergency department decided it would miss the 6pm cut off – after the crew had called at 5.35pm to say it was on its way.

• Mr Mallalieu should have been referred directly to City Hospital.

Mr Henderson said: “I am very sorry about what has happened. We should have got an ambulance there in a shorter time scale, and we acknowledge that.

“Where we have a serious incident and an unacceptable level of service, we aim to be open and transparent in the way we deal with it.

“We are confident we have made significant improvements.”

EMAS found that a fast response vehicle and paramedic were at the scene within nine minutes, and that when the ambulance arrived it did take the most direct route to King’s Mill.

Stroke patients are not routinely taken to Newark Hospital because outcomes are better at specialist units.

Changes have been made to call room training to ensure better use of the dispatch system and prioritisation of ambulances. 110 more front-line staff are also on duty.

Stroke patients will now not be taken to King’s Mill if they are likely to arrive after 6pm.

SFHFT said a direct telephone line had been installed to allow ambulance crews to speak directly to specialists at the stroke unit to improve the speed of communication and give them guidance.

Mrs Mallalieu said she did not think the changes would make a difference.

“I am still afraid this could happen to other people,” she said.

“King’s Mill should look into it. The stroke unit should be open 24 hours a day. I have not heard from King’s Mill yet and they were the ones who turned him away.”

Mr O’Connor said: “I would like to convey my sincere condolences to Mrs Mallalieu and her family for their sad loss.

“I am very sorry about what happened and wrote to Mrs Mallelieu in March to apologise for the distress caused.

“We are always seeking to improve our services so that our patients experience the very best care and we have now installed a direct telephone line to the stroke unit. “Ambulance crews speaking directly to our stroke team for all suspected strokes will improve the speed of communication around accepting or diverting patients. It will also allow our specialist staff to offer advice and guidance to ambulance crews.

“Once again, we are sorry for the distress caused and offer sincere condolences to Mrs Mallelieu and her family at this time.”

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Stroke-victim-failed-by-NHS

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Newark Town Council has backed a motion calling on Sherwood Forest Hospitals to consider allowing Newark Hospital to change trusts.
Councillors were asked to support a motion calling on the trust to include the option of a change within the strategic review of the hospital.

The motion was amended so that it did not refer specifically to a change to Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

It was supported, but a number of councillors abstained.

The motion followed a letter sent to Sherwood Forest Hospitals by the Newark Healthcare Consultative Group raising concerns about its performance and asking for a change of trust to be considered.

The motion was in support of that request.

A call for Sherwood Forest Hospitals to “respond positively” to the request was also supported, but again a number of councillors abstained.

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Trust-switch-option-backed
A statement of strong support for the hospital and its staff was unanimously agreed..

Hospital is a gem

 Thursday Jan 10, 2013

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Hospital-is-a-gem

 

I would like to offer my thanks to Newark Hospital staff for their care during my recent stay on Minster Ward.

Kindness, courtesy and proficiency abounded. Nothing was too much trouble.

The hospital is light, airy and beautifully clean.

Couple that with a friendly and cheerful atmosphere and you have a recipe for success.

We have a gem here on our doorstep.

Obviously, not all procedures can be carried out at Newark, but a very large number can be performed.

I would urge anyone needing a procedure of any sort to enquire of their GP whether it can be done here and, if so, to insist on treatment at this splendid hospital, if they so wish.

Who wants the long, tedious journey to King’s Mill, Sutton-in-Ashfield (24 miles from my home) when we have such a fine facility on our doorstep?

— PAM HAYCOCK, Newark (Full address supplied)

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Photo by Laurencegoff

 Question time on hospital strategy

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Question-time-on-hospital-strategy

The people of Newark are being asked by campaigners to answer four key questions to see if they support the health authorities’ vision for the future of Newark Hospital.

A vision and strategy document published last week maps out how the hospital could be used.Among its recommendations are the integration of GP out-of-hours services with the hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit, the extension of the Fernwood Unit for rehabilitating patients, the development of more diagnostic and out-patient facilities, the delivery of as much non-complex surgery as possible and the refinement of ambulance protocols.However, more complex surgery that was suspended due to safety concerns may not be returning and the Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign says it still has concerns about whether the MIU will be sufficiently upgraded to deal with more emergencies and prevent patients being unnecessarily transferred elsewhere.It says it is essential the strategy has public support and has come up with four key questions it wants people to answer.The campaign secretary, Mr Paul Baggaley, said they would use the responses to help gauge whether service users supported the strategy.Chairman Mr Francis Town-drow, said: “A strategy for Newark Hospital is long overdue and Monitor (the independent regulator) has said clearly that the strategy must have the support of the local commissioner and service users.“This is an opportunity for local people to say whether they are in favour of the proposals or not.“We would like as many people as possible to get involved.”The strategy was drawn up in response to reports from Monitor and the Sir Bruce Keogh Review that criticised the lack of a strategy for Newark.The chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Paul O’Connor, said it had worked extensively with local people, trust staff and independent clinical experts to ensure the strategy reflected what people wanted and what it was possible to provide.He said: “While there is still much to finalise, the proposals clearly identify opportunities for additional services to be run from Newark Hospital, including the possible introduction of an out-of-hours GP service.“As part of the vision, a campaign will be launched to help local people understand what services are available at Newark Hospital, and to enable GPs to be more confident in referring people for care at this fabulous local hospital.”The vision document is due to go before the trust board on October 29.It can be viewed in full at http://www.newarkandsherwood.nhs.uk and http://www.sfh-tr.nhs.uk

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/

New children’s unit set to open at Newark Hospital

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/New-childrens-unit-set-to-open-at-Newark-Hos

Young patients attending Newark Hospital for outpatient appointments will now benefit from a dedicated children’s unit.

Clinics, which used to be run in the main outpatients department at Newark Hospital, will now take place in the Bramley Children’s Unit where medical, nursing and play staff have worked together with patients to design the new unit.

Opening to patients on Monday (October 14) the new unit has clinical rooms and a large, airy, waiting area where children can play.

It will also free up clinical rooms in outpatients so that other adult based services could be increased in the future.

The unit follows the expansion of a paediatric presence at Newark Hospital from three days to five days a week in 2012. Diabetes clinics are also now available to local children who previously needed to travel to King’s Mill Hospital.

Tracey Wall, Newark Hospital Manager, said: “I am delighted at the opening of the new Bramley Children’s Unit and would like to thank all the staff and local community who have played a huge part in making this happen.

“By investing in the new unit we are showing our continued commitment to improving children’s services at Newark Hospital, allowing children to be treated in a much improved environment.”

Nottinghamshire based artist, Nathan Bainbridge, has provided the artwork for the new unit. He has previously worked on the artwork of the neonatal unit at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield.

Dr Helena Clements, Director for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see this project come to fruition. It will give our children their own space to receive top quality health care.

“Providing enhanced clinics for children in the Newark area reduces the need for families to travel to Kings Mill Hospital or other local hospitals unless they need an inpatient stay or complex investigation. It is an important part of the Trust’s vision to provide care locally and link with community services where possible.”

Photo by Laurencegoff

SAM_5427Seven Days a week, 52 weeks  each year

A free minibus service from Newark to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield

The bus, which needs to be booked by passengers, leaves Newark Hospital at 1pm before stopping at the Gilstrap Centre at 1.10pm.

It is due to arrive at the main entrance of King’s Mill Hospital at 1.50pm in time for afternoon visiting.

The bus will leave King’s Mill at 4.15pm and is due to arrive back at the Gilstrap at 5pm and Newark Hospital at 5.10pm.

To book a place on the minibus telephone 01623 753192.

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Laurence Goff taking a trip from Newark to King’s Mill Hospital 

Photo by Laurencegoff

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Laurence Goff with Petition to save Newark Hospital

We the people are unhappy with the lack of representation

regarding our Newark Hospital

Responsible department: Department of Health

As evidenced by the increased fatalities of a THIRD in the Newark area, the closure of Newark A&E Department has had a significant effect on the survival of emergency patients.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323141/Shocking-proof-Accident-Emergency-closures-cost-lives-Death-rate-jumps-THIRD-department-closes.html

This petition calls for the re-opening of Newark A&E. Currently there is a 40 minute wait for an ambulance and then a further 40 minute journey to the nearest Emergency department.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200339/NHS-Cuts–Savage-consequences-revealed-pensioner-waits-6-hours-ambulance.html

Dr Ian Campbell

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Choose the next MP for Newark Dr Ian CampbellChoose the next MP for Newark Dr Ian Campbell

Save Newark Hospital campaign

Save Newark Hospital Campaign

Cllr Laurence Goff, Dr Ian Campbell and Cllr Harry Molyneux.

Clearly, No one can intimidate or frighten Dr Ian Campbell when it’s about saving Newark Hospital. Join Save Newark Hospital Campaign.

http://www.savenewarkhospital.org.uk/

Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency until we win for the people of our town.

Mr Patrick Mercer regarding Newark Hospital *Mr Patrick Mercer regarding Newark Hospital *

 

Dr Ian Campbell would have voted against the Iraq War

Dr Ian Campbell would have voted against the Iraq War

Dr Ian Campbell speaks about conscience and would have voted against the Iraq War.

There’s only one thing worse than not having the opportunity to voice your opinion. It’s being told your opinion does count, then having it ignored.

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Laurencegoff

Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To bring back our Accident and Emergency

Or

We Need An Emergency Assessment Unit

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The People are calling out for Our Accident and Emergency to re-turn

Newark Hospital is a lifesaver

The people of Newark know where the best place first time is at Newark Hospital.  Why can’t  we just have our A&E back? Fight most go on To Save It.

Photo by Laurencegoff

Our Newark A&E hospital sign

If you have a stroke, heart attack

chest pains, head injuries or stab wounds

Patients will no longer be treated at Newark.

Damning truth of A&E closure fiasco: Savage consequences of NHS cuts revealed as pensioner waits 6 hours for ambulance

  • Results of closure of Newark Hospital A&E revealed.

  • Margaret Lucey, 87, waited over six hours for an

  • ambulance

  • New average travel time to get to closest casualty is over 90 mins

  • Number of patients waiting for more than four hours upon arrival has tripled

  • The Mail on Sunday today reveals the first shocking evidence that hospital casualty department closures are costing hundreds of lives.

    Official figures uncovered by this newspaper show a 37 per cent rise in death rates for emergency patients from Newark in Nottinghamshire, where the Accident and Emergency unit closed two years ago.

    The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, come from the NHS trusts where Newark patients are now sent. They amount to the first authoritative study on what can happen when an A&E shuts.

    Read more:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323141/Shocking-proof-Accident-Emergency-closures-cost-lives-Death-rate-jumps-THIRD-department-closes.html#ixzz2TDxgxKts

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

By DAVID ROSE

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200339/NHS-Cuts–Savage-consequences-revealed-pensioner-waits-6-hours-ambulance.html#ixzz2TDpAygUl Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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Our gratitude for a debate in Parliament on Newark Hospital

Our gratitude for a debate in Parliament on Newark Hospital, that took place on 7th January 2013 by Mr Patrick Mercer OBE MP for Newark constituency.

The main points:

Mr Mercer had made his case to Dr Dan Poulter the health minster. He secured a ministerial visit to Newark hospital this year.

The potential for upgrading Newark hospital’s minor injuries unit, that are paramount of importance to Newark healthcare future.

The financial problems of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, which runs Newark Hospital. A Long-term, sustainable program is badly needed.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service failings and proposed changes to the way it operates is needed.

Let’s Work together to establish a solid foundation for a better future for our local hospital.

By Laurence Goff

    Mr Mercer MP had debated Newark town’s healthcare 

Healthcare in Newark was the subject of an adjournment debate when parliament returns on Monday 7th January 2013.

The MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer,  had three main points for debate:

 The financial problems of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, which runs Newark Hospital.

 The potential for upgrading Newark hospital’s minor injuries unit.

 The failings of East Midlands Ambulance Service and proposed changes to the way it operates.

The debate took place at 22.00-10pm until  22.30pm-10.30pm.

Mr Mercer  make his case to a health minister and attempt to secure a ministerial visit to the hospital in the future.

He said: “We have also been told that if we have a clinical case for the upgrading of the minor injuries unit ministers will look at it.”

The independent NHS watchdog, Monitor, last year found the trust to be in significant breach of its general duty to function effectively, efficiently and economically; and in its governance duty.

An area of concern was the under-use of Newark Hospital.

It is also struggling to cope with the cost of Private Finance Initiative repayments in the £320m development of King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, which could eventually cost £2bn to repay.

East Midlands Ambulance Service

 proposals to close 12 ambulance stations in Nottinghamshire and replace them with two hubs at Sutton-in-Ashfield and Nottingham, with 22 standby points.

“I have firmly lodged in my mind that we have to have a better service,” said Mr Mercer.

“I don’t hold a torch for Newark Ambulance Station — it’s a parking garage. But the ambulance service must improve its service to Newark, and more specifically, the rural areas around Newark.”

 

Newark MP also said the chief executive of (EMAS), East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Mr Phil Milligan, admitted the service was not good enough in the Newark area.

Mr Mercer hoped a commitment to a ministerial visit to Newark Hospital would reassure people that healthcare provision was moving forward the hospital’s future was secure.

“People in the Newark area have genuine deep concerns over healthcare and need to be reassured,” he said.

 

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/MPs-to-debate-towns-healthcare

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) provides emergency 999, urgent care and patient transport services for the 4.8 million people

                               

Newark Hospital cannot refuse to treat you , if you drive a patient to our local hospital this being the most effective demonstration of the need for Emergency Care at Newark.

 We are grateful to 

BBC Radio Nottingham

for a public debate on the future of NHS services in Newark 

BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison had hosted a public debate asking if you think Newark’s NHS is fit for the future? Many thanks for setting it up and giving us the chance to put questions to key decision-makers about Newark’s healthcare.

 A public debate on the future of NHS services in Newark took place at Holy Trinity Community Centre which is located on Boundary Road, Newark. This was held on Wednesday on 5th December 2012. We are grateful to BBC Radio Nottingham who host the debate. The discussion was  broadcast on Mark Dennison’s programme  103.8FM, 95.5FM and digital radio.

Hospital and NHS officials joined the discussion to set out their plans for the NHS in Newark in the future.On the panelist will be the Interim Chief Executive of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust, Eric Morton; the Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Phil Milligan; the Chief Officer of the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Amanda Sullivan; and the chairman of the Say Yes To Newark Hospital Campaign, Francis Towndrow.

Residents opposed those plans with a 9,000-name petition 2009 – 2010. The hospital’s emergency department was turned into a minor injuries facility in 2011.  Hospital and NHS officials who joined the discussion to set out their plans for the NHS in Newark in the future. 

 

New children’s service opens at Newark Hospital

March  2012 

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/New-childrens-service-opens-at-Newark-Hospit

                                     A new paediatric service opens at Newark Hospital today, offering urgent appointments and specialist clinics for children.

It means parents can now get rapid access to a senior paediatrician in Newark if their child needs urgent assessment by a specialist, but not necessarily a hospital admission.The ambulatory clinic will operate Monday to Friday.GPs can refer children for an urgent appointment at the clinic either the same day or the next day.Referrals can also come from Newark Hospital’s minor injuries unit or the emergency departments of other local hospitals.Emergency hospital admissions involving children will still go elsewhere.The new service also provides a wide range of general and specialist paediatric clinics running Monday to Friday.The daily consultant-led specialist paediatric clinics include asthma, allergy and epilepsy, with further plans for an adolescent medicine clinic in the near future.Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has said the new service would reduce travelling times and costs for patients by avoiding trips to King’s Mill, Nottingham or Lincoln hospitals.Cutting out long journeys is also hoped to minimise the disruption to children’s education and the impact on their parents’ lives.Children who require admitting to the new children’s centre at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, will have access to their paediatrician while in hospital and will receive their follow-up care at Newark once discharged.Dr Helena Clements, service director for paediatrics at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, has led the introduction of the new service.She said: “The trust has listened and responded to requests for an extended paediatric service at Newark.“The new daily services at Newark Hospital, with seamless connections to the first-class inpatient care available at King’s Mill, will provide the best quality co-ordinated local paediatric care that our Newark families deserve.”                                  

Newark Town Councillor Laurence Goff

We the people are unhappy with the lack of representation regarding our local Hospital

 http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/opinions/Safe-and-relaxed-at-Newark-Hospital

Safe and relaxed at Newark Hospital

Friday Jul 27, 2012

I read with interest comments from Newark’s clergy about Newark Hospital (Churchmen Raise Health Concerns, Advertiser, July 19).

I don’t wish to bang on with the same old stories, nor do I pretend to understand NHS politics.

But I would like to say that some years ago I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

Attacks came on suddenly and were debilitating.

I have been admitted to Newark Hospital on numerous occasions, day or night, and stabilised and monitored until fit to go home.

I have had two operations at Nottingham City Hospital that have alleviated symptoms but still suffer bouts of AF.

I now suffer at home, praying that symptoms will subside and that if I do need help I would make it to Nottingham or Kings Mill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, if things got worse.

I live silently in fear of this occurring.

I also attend regular warfarin blood clinics at Newark and make regular orthopaedic visits.

I have had, and am still having, day case surgery for orthopaedic spinal trauma.

I feel safe and relaxed at Newark in my own hospital which is where I want to be treated.

I have got to know many nurses and doctors and have always had the best of treatment available.

Whatever anyone else may think is best for Newark Hospital, I am convinced it is our hospital.

I hope it stays that way for the sake of all Newarkers who have, or may yet need, its excellent services.

— K. ROBINSON, Sutton Avenue, Newark

Newark Hospital the Fight most go on To bring back our Accident and Emergency

The people of Newark know where the best place first time is at Newark Hospital.  Why can’t  we just have our A&E back? This fight will go on To Save Our Accident and Emergency.

Stroke and heart attack patients will no longer be treated at Newark
 Newark hospital has axe its accident and emergency department, which means patients will not be admitted with stroke, heart attack, chest pains, head injuries or stab wounds.

Some cases will be taken to Newark if the injuries are minor or the patient has a long-term condition. As part of the new measures, due to be launched in April, there will be a GP based at the hospital overnight and a new emergency care practitioner who can respond to 999 calls.

 On this big issue of Ambulance provision “There are gaps in the ambulance provision, there is no doubt about that, and that is why we need to push very hard for EMAS [East Midlands Ambulance Service for better service.

 Questions over Healthcare changes

I would like to know how Dr Mark Jefford, the clinical lead for Newark and Sherwood Health, can agree with the decision to downgrade Newark A&E to a minor injuries unit with the town as populated as it is, and growing rapidly.

Whilst the transport problems I mention need resolving there are other important issues that remain. With Kings Mill Hospital 23 miles away the people of Newark now find themselves in a ‘high-risk- zone’ thanks to the reconfigeration made by the NHS after that failed, Newark Health Care Review consultation.

The people of Newark know where the best place first time is – and that is Newark Hospital.  Why can’t  we just have our A&E back? 

Laurence Goff

Newark Town Councillor

 We are grateful a Free hospital bus has started,  which will help as I had to take 3 buses we Got our  Bus from Newark Hospital to King’s Mill each day. A minibus service from Newark to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield

The bus, which needs to be booked by passengers, leaves Newark Hospital at 1pm before stopping at the Gilstrap Centre at 1.10pm. It arrive at the main entrance of King’s Mill Hospital at 1.50pm in time for afternoon visiting. The bus will leave King’s Mill at 4.15pm and is due to arrive back at the Gilstrap at 5pm and Newark Hospital at 5.10pm.

To book the free Bus call 01623-753192

My Round trip 46-mile and 3 buses that takes 5 hours

Save Newark Hospital Accident and Emergency together

A revised figure is Newark Petition 3345 of which 3431 signed for option 3; 45 for option 1; 21 for option 2; a few signed for all three option. The separate Farndon one was signed for option three 449 to date with some to come in. The accumulated figures are 3894,  plus 5,ooo from  the first petition our grand total 9.000

Total 3,345 plus 449 from Farndon Village

5,000 from the first petition grand total 9,000

A major review of healthcare in Newark and around Nottinghamshire.

This petition represents the will of the people and we therefore require them to act upon it in the public interest. I would like to say many thanks to Councillor Harry Molyneux who has provided exceptional help to me above and beyond the call of duty as a Newark town councillor and a true friend. I could not have done it with out his help and support.

Our signed petition to “ensure that the Accident and Emergency service at Newark hospital is maintained at its current level and not downgraded.”

 

Newark-On-Trent

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 Eagle-eyed – Town Councillor Laurence Goff gives his eye-witness account of Newark’s burning social issues.  Newark keep its Hospital? It’s a simple Yes we want to keep Newark Hospital 

SHOULD NEWARK KEEP ITS HOSPITAL?

Ambulance should give people a choice to pick Newark First

When a matter of public interest this important comes up, I’m the first to get motivated to do something about it. A new challenge at my age? Every week it seems!

 

The people of Newark I’ve spoken to, and that’s a good many people, are unanimous. They simply do not agree with the decision to downgrade Newark A&E to a minor injuries unit, especially with Newark town’s population still growing rapidly.

 

 Residents opposed those downgrading plans with a 9,000-signature petition which I was happy to set up in Newark Market Place back in November 2009 and  a second one in January 2010. Despite overwhelming popular opposition, the hospital’s emergency department was in fact turned into a minor injuries facility in 2011.

 

A bit of background: Newark’s new hospital located on Boundary Road was opened 17 years ago back in 1996, after replacing the old one on London Road. I do not have figures to hand but you can bet it was expensive. Before it opened, promises were made by the health authorities that it would offer facilities and services of which Newark could be proud. So obviously people in Newark reacted angrily to a decision by the NHS Nottinghamshire County to change our A & E to a minor injuries unit.

 

Here’s a real-life example of what happens when you downgrade an A&E service. My friend David Smith moved from London to Newark, Farndon area. He was a wonderful person who worked hard as an ambulance man. He had a heart attack but Newark  A&E had been downgraded. His wife Linda believes he could still be alive today if Newark Hospital staff had been able to treat him. But they weren’t. This is one of many tragic stories behind the casualty closures. The average time for 999 patients in Newark to get to A&E has been steadily lengthening since the downgrading in 2011 and at this rate eventual total closure of the facility is inevitable. David may have survived if our local Newark Hospital had accepted heart attack patients.

 

A public debate on the future of the NHS service in and around Newark took place only last month at Holy Trinity Community Centre on Boundary Road, Newark, when NHS officials joined the discussion to set out their plans for the future of Newark’s hospital. On the panel were Eric Morton,Interim Chief Executive of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust; Phil Milligan, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service; Dr Amanda Sullivan, Chief Officer of the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group; and Francis Townrow, Chair of the Say Yes To Newark Hospital Campaign. Thank goodness for BBC Radio Nottingham who agreed to host and broadcast this important debate on Mark Dennison’s programme  (HAVE WE GOT A DATE FOR THIS PLEASE?)

Here is an important tip for Newark Hospital supporters. Keep using Newark Hospital or you will lose it. Newark Hospital cannot refuse to treat you, if you drive or take a patient to our local hospital. This is the most effective demonstration of the need for Emergency Care to be returned to the people of Newark. We know where the best place “first time” is: Newark Hospital. If you have a stroke, heart attack, chest pains, head injuries or stab wounds ask the ambulance crew to take you to Newark Hospital. Ambulances should give Newark people a chance to pick Newark First and a better chance of survival.  Stop driving 20-23 miles to Mansfield or Lincoln!

To book the Free Bus to King’s Mill, call (01623) 753192

One good thing has been running for one year. If you have to visit family and friends at King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield, from 2-4pm Visiting Hours each day, there’s a Free Bus Service from Newark. I don’t drive myself, so I tried it out. The 23 mile journey  takes 40 Minutes. The bus, which needs to be booked in advance by passengers, leaves Newark Hospital at 1pm before stopping at the Gilstrap Centre in Castlegate at 1.10pm. It arrives at the main entrance of King’s Mill Hospital at 1.50pm in time for afternoon visiting. It returns to Newark leaving King’s Mill parking lot at 4.15pm and should arrive back at the Gilstrap at 5pm and Newark Hospital at 5.10pm.

Let’s agree above everything else, a commitment to everyone to start using Newark Hospital first.

 Information from Laurence Goff

Newark Town Councillor

Many thanks to all our Supporters of Newark Hospital petition

Latest: Ambulance service at full stretch

Newark Advertiser the latest news regarding Newark Hospital

January 2010

Two pensioners each had to wait almost two hours for an ambulance on freezing ice after falling near their homes in Newark.

Newark has had a massive increase in 999 calls with people  fallen over.

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Changes-underway-at-Newark-Hospital

 

Slipping in the Icy snow as Newark and other hospitals report surge

of ice-related injuries

Those out walking on icy pavements seen a flurry of admissions as people suffer fractures, gashes and broken

bones during the cold snap. 

How many victims of the bad weather have fallen over in and around Newark? I would  say lot’s.

Many people have been treated at Newark Hospital,  I would have to say it  has been very busy? I understand a number of patients have indicated to use our local Newark Hospital and have refuse to be sent to King’s Mill with a possible fracture.

 
08/01/2010

Supporters of Newark Hospital have launched a new petition with a third option for the reclassification of the accident and emergency unit.

NEWARK HOSPITAL PETITION IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST UPDATE  COLLECTED 9,000

Lick on these

Icy weather triples workload at QMC

emergency call: Medical staff are working 'incredibly hard'.

HOSPITAL staff in Nottingham have seen their workloads triple from people falling over on ice and snow. The Queen’s Medical Centre has…

106 road crashes, 999 calls up and buses diverted as black ice hits Notts

Black ice chaos – 999 calls up; 80 road crashes; buses diverted106 road crashes, 999 calls up and buses diverted as black ice hits Notts

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/

POLICE have been called about more than 100 car crashes in Notts. Black ice is believed to be responsible for most of the 106 crashes..

How 999 crews have kept their cool

How 999 crews have kept their cool

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

They are everyday heroes – the Notts emergency service staff who don’t even consider giving work a miss because of a bit of snow. Jennifer Scott…

Elderly couple break bones on same day

Bob and Beryl Squires both broke bones on the same day in two separate accidents

Elderly couple break bones on same day

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homenews?page=1

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

AN elderly couple who both broke bones on the same day were helped by a new council service. Beryl Squires, 80, fractured her wrist getting out of a…

NEWARK HOSPITAL PETITION IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST UPDATE

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT NEWARK HOSPITAL PETITION NEWS RELEASE IN THE

INTEREST OF NEWARK  Our Inclement weather  hopefully has past into history, I am happy to Return with Newark Hospital petition to be held outside Morrisons which will resume once again these week  January 2010 with Councillor Harry Molyneux.

NEWARK HOSPITAL PETITION

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT NEWARK HOSPITAL PETITION NEWS RELEASE IN THE  INTEREST OF NEWARK

Newark Hospital Petition update 9.000.  I would like to assure local people that for as long as I am able to continue with the petition 

I would like to say many thanks to Councillor Harry Molyneux who has provided exceptional help to me above and beyond the call of duty as a Newark town councillor .


Councillor Laurence Goff

Newark Town

MANY THANKS-NEWARK HOSPITAL HAVE BOTH BEEN COLLECTED 9.000 HAVE SIGNED THE PETITION

Have to put up with snowy  and cold

weather. These did not stop us collecting  9,000 signatures.

Putting  people first at all times, which is in the public interest  and for Newark.

We are all at risk with falls especially by elderly and the young these Winter Weather.

Putting extra

Pressure on our emergency services and our local Newark Hospital 

More patients must be coming to our local Hospital.

DO NOT FALL OR GET KNOCKED DOWN ON  OUR BAD PAVEMENTS AND ROADS AROUND TOWN

I am a town centre resident. I am concerned about the roads around and through the market place as they have been covered with ice and snow since christmas eve. It is impossible to use the market without recourse to these roads. I have seen an older person struggling to keep her footing today and was told by a stallholder that three people have fallen in the last few days.

I know that Newark Town Council is not responsible for clearing/gritting the roads and that the county councils gritting schedule does not extend to the town centre .     I understand that resources are stretched in’extreme weather’ but as things stand  no matter how extreme the weather these roads wont be gritted. I would like to hear your views as to what can be done. I have written to the NSDC councillors in the same vein. Surely its not beyond the wit of the various agencies and councils involved to resolve this issue of safety.

Frozen Rain – Icey Roads

Icey weather, take care

I think the rest of the town centre is relatively clear because cars are using the streets more or less continuously on a daily basis and at night.   it would help if the market square was less ‘out of bounds’ to traffic when the market is not in use. Alternatively perhaps the Town Council could offer to do this work for payment from those responsible for highways. It really doesnt matter who does it as long as it is done.


I look forward to hearing your views which are always welcome.

SNOWY WEATHER IN NEWARK-ON- TRENT

2010 Newark-On-Trent

Season Greetings  Snowy Weather January 2010

Many thanks to Councillor Harry Molyneux for his help and support with Newark Hospital petition

I would like to say many thanks  to Councillor Harry Molyneux who has

been out with our new petition  for the last ten days.

Newark Hospital Petition Councillors Laurence Goff and Harry Molyneux out for the last 6 days of the New year 2010. The Future of Newark Hospital is in the hands of the people, with a New Petition you are free to choose  One of the Three options,the people are going for our 3rd option. Option {3}  24/7 Urgent Care Centre (unit) We also request, an improved Ambulance Service and a Shuttle Bus to Kings Mill Hospital.

January 2010

The weather was against us for most of the week outside in the cold, we did do  200 on the first day. The people has gone for the 3rd option. Option {3} 24/7 Urgent Care Centre. (This is not an Option presently being offered by Nottinghamshire County NHS). We also request, an improved Ambulance Service and a Shuttle Bus to Kings Mill Hospital.

New hospital petition underway

04/01/2010 09:12:37

A new petition about the future of the casualty department at Newark Hospital has been signed by 400 people over the weekend with all but one calling for an urgent care centre.

 
01/01/2010
Doctors at the NHS trust that runs Newark Hospital want its future casualty department to open 24 hours a day.

NEWARK HOSPITAL NOTTINGHAMSHIRE NEW YEAR 2010 PETITION

The 2nd petition of the New year 2010. The Future of Newark Hospital is in the people’s hands.

The weather was against us on the first day outside in the cold we did do over 200 on the first day. The people has gone for the 3rd option. Option {3} 24/7 Urgent Care Centre. (This is not an Option presently being offered by Nottinghamshire County NHS). We also request, an improved Ambulance Service and a Shuttle Bus to Kings Mill Hospital.

Latest: Doctors back 24/7 option

Doctors at the NHS trust that runs Newark Hospital want its future casualty department to open 24 hours a day. There is support for an urgent care centre at the hospital, an option being put forward as an alternative to NHS Nottinghamshire County’s two proposals for the department — a minor injuries unit ‘plus’ open either 24 hours a day, or from 7am to midnight.

 
06/01/2010 12:57:18
An eight-year-old boy had to be airlifted to hospital for a kidney transplant after getting stuck in traffic near Farnsfield.

The Future of Newark Hospital is in your hand, with a New Petition. Your views are most welcome

 LET’S ALL SAVE NEWARK HOSPITAL TOGETHER

This is the wording of the New petition

We, the undersigned, submit our preferences for the Options proposed for Newark Hospital


The Options are:-

Option {1} Minor Injuries Unit ‘plus’Open 24/7


Option {2}  Minor Injuries Unit ‘plus’Open 7am to Midnight


Option {3}  24/7 Urgent Care Centre. (This is not an Option presently being offered by Nottinghamshire County NHS). We also request, an improved Ambulance Service and a Shuttle Bus to Kings Mill Hospital.


Option   Option    Option

1           2             3



The Future of Newark Hospital is in your hands, with a New Petition you are free to choose  One of the Three options.Urgent Care Centre – provides ‘care of less serious injury or illness which may need investigation or treatment not available in primary care, staffed my a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, and with integration within an emergency care network with availability of diagnostics, and the opportunity for integration with other services such as day clinics, intermediate care, OOH for primary car, and therapy services’.http://www.aomrc.org.uk/reports.aspx Councillors Harry Molyneux and Laurence Goff

 Urgent Care Centre – provides ‘care of less serious injury or illness which may need investigation or treatment not available in primary care, staffed my a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, and with integration within an emergency care network with availability of diagnostics, and the opportunity for integration with other services such as day clinics, intermediate care, OOH for primary care, and therapy services’.http://www.aomrc.org.uk/reports.aspx

There is a willingness to listen to the public voice at all time.


Survey backs all-hours Newark Hospital department

Newark Hospital

Protests have been held over the plans

Nearly three-quarters of people want round-the-clock emergency care kept at a Nottinghamshire hospital, a survey has found.

A consultation on plans to close the A&E Department at Newark Hospital and replace it with a minor injuries unit received more than 700 replies.

The idea has provoked protests, but NHS officials said it would improve care.

NHS Nottinghamshire County’s Board will meet on 17 June to decide on the department’s future.

Opposition to the plans has included a 5,000-name petition and human chain around the hospital.

‘Important decisions’

Campaigners said the move would mean patients will have to travel further for treatment – while the NHS said centralising specialist care would improve quality.

The consultation ran from November to early March.

Of the 723 survey replies, 72% supported the option for a minor injuries unit “plus” – which would be open around the clock.

A spokesman for NHS Nottinghamshire County said: “We’re really pleased that so many people took the opportunity to tell us their views on the proposals and have a say on the future of Newark’s NHS.

“These views will be considered by the board when important decisions are made about what local healthcare services should look like.”

Councillor Laurence Goff

01636-681878(Home)

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Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: The passive MP and A&;E

 

The Newark Hospital options amount to little alternative for Newark people and as the years roll on by and misfortune strikes old and young alike many Newarkers will be deprived of vital life saving A& E treatment thus our sorrowful fate, perhaps, not unlike that of Paul Allen.We are told that if a Newark ambulance picks up a patient Newark hospital is not an option and “Mansfield or Lincoln are a long way to travel if you are gasping for breath”, even our dead, have to be taken by ambulance to Mansfield and so with all the ambulance transfers there is little if no Newark ambulance emergency service available in a time of great need. The current state of affairs is a scandalous unacceptable disregard for our wellbeing.Patrick Mercer MP, thinks we ought to “trust” those that closed our maternity unit and the Friary ward and now wants to review our hospital service, however he is going to keep, a wary eye, on those he thinks we ought to trust and providing he thinks there will be a deterioration in services, he would then, oppose it but by that time it would of course be too late to make any difference. Mr Mercer said “I get thoroughly fed up with people who constantly see problems where they may not necessarily exist” Try telling that to the bereaved family of Paul Allen or those that have to take the bus to Mansfield to visit a sick relative, they can see a problem, and I think our problems may not be any problem to an MP that said taxpayers’ money is precious, having claimed £2,800 for food in one year and unsuccessfully for mobile phone bill and if my eyes don’t deceive me £800 for designer sunglasses 2 for 1 offer.On the other hand and seemingly a world apart from Patrick Mercer MP we have Dr Ian Campbell, he at least, is disappointed by the proposals and recognises it to be a downgrading retrograde step of services. In fact it would seem that most people apart from the Newark MP are worried and some concerned that the review is “killing Newark Hospital” and a threat to their jobs and some honestly believe it’s the beginning of the end for Newark hospital but no matter how you look at it, old or new hospital service, will be entirely deficient to the needs of the people, both hospital and ambulance services need an urgent upgrade if our wellbeing, indeed our very lives, are to be truly taken into account in the healthcare review.

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You can get every single person in Newark to sign your petition but the powers that be will decide what happens and it wont change a thing.
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I’m afraid geezer is right it’s likely the decision already has been made and the only one that can make a difference is Patrick Mercer MP, but then, I have a feeling he is not on our side.To make Newark hospital a minor injuries hospital is for the most part to close the hospital.The thin end of the wedgePerhaps next time there is a Healthcare Review they will simply say a minor injuries hospital is not that important when you can go to your GP and from our viewpoint the hospital is not really worth the expenditure. Patrick Mercer MP arranged for the healthcare and Police meetings to be held at a most inconvenient, disadvantage and entirely busy Christmas period and perhaps I’m wrong but it’s almost like arranging some festive meetings from which one hopes to be entertained or amused.

About 150 people attended a meeting on health services in Newark Town Hall last night.

Around 150 people attended a public meeting on health services in Newark Town Hall on the 10th December 2009.
The main concerns at the meeting, which was organised and chaired by the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, were the need for more ambulances and better transport to hospitals.

The panel comprised representatives from the local primary care trust, NHS Nottinghamshire County, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council and GPs, who are leading and supporting the PCT’s Newark Healthcare Review.

The review includes plans to change Newark’s accident and emergency department to a minor injuries unit. Health bosses say Newark is not a full A &; E and cannot remain as it is because it does not meet national guidelines. They stressed the hospital would not close and they were looking at the provision of more ambulances.

Hospital/Health Review Spin !!!!! 1 mr truth 57 Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:39 pm
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:45 pm    Post subject: NEWARK HOSPITAL FUTURE  

If the proposal is not to downgrade but to continue to accept all manner of illness requiring urgent care that seems somewhat strange because Newark ambulance drivers were told to take all urgent emergency care patients to another hospital, any hospital, but not Newark . It was supposedly due to a proposal to downgrade to a minor injuries clinic that the petition came into being.What assurance do we have that Newark Hospital will accept those that suffer a heart attack and need to receive quick proficient treatment to stabilise their condition, before, they are put in an ambulance to go to another hospital?We need more assurance that when an emergency call is made that an ambulance will be readily available?In past years people like Derek Ingamells have been taken directly to Newark hospital thanks to his family. Derek said “If I’d had to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance I might not have made it” He was taken to Newark A&E and was treated quickly for heart attack, it saved his life. Trevor Frecknall, had a heart attack and Trevor said: “If I’d had to go direct to Nottingham the only way I would have come home is in a box.”The people of Newark some 26,000 of them want and deserve to have some kind of quick and proficient emergency service and that I doubt was part of the proposals in the Healthcare Review.I have done my little bit now I would like to say many thanks to the 5060 people that signed petition which was started outside Newark town hall.Also thanks goes to Councillor Harry Molyneux the only other Newark councillor who went go with me in the first week outside Newark market outside near town hall. After 15 days I have finish for the moment and will wait to see what next when views of the people by people have the last word.Newark town Councillor
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by mr truth

So what EXTRA services are the PCT and SHFT promising the people of Newark ??? More Doctors ?? More Nurses ?? More outpatient clinics ?? More Ambulances ?? More Surgeries ?? Well they are promising nothing its all spin !!! The proof is in the pudding there is not enough space at the Hospital to do any of the above ! Its a catastrophe !


it isnt baseless facts its true in 10 years newark hospital will be closed the consultation is a complete waste of time its just a white wash to downgrade the hospital as in other posts i repeat i wrote to my then mp patrick mercer 2 years ago about the proposals (then secret) to downgrade newark hospital but recieved no reply i used to work in the nhs and saw such documents the dopcuments you are refering to are the documents the public are allowed to see not the documents that certain other people are allowed toby juliancaine 

by gm137


The above post can be summed up in one word – ridiculous. Yes, there are serious problems re. ambulance response and hospital facilities in the Newark area, and yes, we need answers. But this sort of irresponsible scare-mongering detracts from these serious points. There are no plans whatever to close the hospital, neither by the trust nor as part of a national scheme, and indeed the trusts long-term plan (which, if youd taken the time to request and study, you would see that it) has Newark as a fundamental location in the Trusts provision of services. If you are truly concerned about the worrying gaps in long-term healthcare provision, then refrain from baseless scare-mongering and fictitious “facts”, and concentrate on the areas which really do need looking in to.

by gm137

The above comment is precisely the sort of scare-mongering that is ruining this important debate. Yes, there are serious problems that need to be addressed in this PCT (e.g. ambulance provision, provision of geriatric care following closure of friary) but to spread totally false rumours of closure (which is neither planned by the trust nor permitted by national healthcare provision requirements) is nothing short of irresponsible, and detracts from the real and serious debate about failings in Newark residents healthcare.


Newark Town councillors  Laurence Goff and Harry Molyneux has collected 5,400 signatures on a petition against plans to remove the A&E department at Newark Hospital. 400 came from Farndon Village

Newark Town Hall will have a new petition on the first Saturday of the New year 2010, more helper are most welcome.

Newark Hospital Petition which collected has collected 9,000 Signatures thanks to Councillors Harry Molyneux and Laurence Goff who was the only two people that gave full support out a total of 18 Councillors on Newark Town Council

Many thanks to Councillors Harry Molyneuxfor his full support with petition outside Newark Town Hall

NHS tried to halt A&;E petition

BBC News‎Dec 10, 2009‎
Town councillor Laurence Goff has collected 5000 signatures on a petition against plans to remove the A&;E department at Newark Hospital. Mr Goff says he was …

Petition opposes A&E cut threat

BBC News‎Nov 28, 2009‎
But Councillor Laurence Goff, who began the petition, said many were opposed to what they saw as a downgrade. Mr Goff said: “I did not know what to expect …

NHS bosses tried to stop A&E petition

Healthcare Today‎Dec 11, 2009‎
Bosses at NHS Nottinghamshire County attempted to intervene after town councillor Laurence Goff collected 5000 signatures on a petition against plans to …

Make your voices heard

Newark Advertiser‎Nov 26, 2009‎
Mr Laurence Goff collected about 120 signatures after the petition’s launch on Wednesday. MrGoff will be collecting signatures on the steps of Newark Town …

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Newarkhospital/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the Accident and Emergency service at Newark hospital is maintained at its current level and not downgraded. More details I am concerned that at time of population growth in the Newark area that there are proposals to downscale an essential health provision

2nd Petition

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Newark-Hospital/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Keep Newark A&E Open.  Newark and Sherwood has already lost it’s main hospital, Now there are plans to close the A & E. Newark has grown significantly in the last number of years. The people need to be able to get quick emergency medical help. PLEASE KEEP OUR A & E OPEN

Submitted by Barbara Cottier – Deadline to sign up by: 01 February 2010 –Signatures: 

Submitted by Clive Owen – Deadline to sign up by: 31 December 2009 –

A consultation document, which includes plans to change Newark Hospital’s A & E to a minor injuries unit plus (MIU+) People will have the opportunity to comment on the three options for A & E, which were agreed at a meeting of NHS Nottinghamshire County’s board at Newark Town Hall. Under the first option, doctors and nurses would deal with minor injuries and illnesses 24 hours a day. There would be access to X-ray and other testing equipment. There would be an out-of-hours GP service and technology for distance consultations. The second option is the same except the MIU+ would open from 7am to midnight, with enhanced out-of-hours GP cover. The third option will give the public the opportunity to make alternative suggestions. Health bosses say 85% of all Newark patients will continue to be treated in Newark. The remaining 15% will be those requiring specialist care elsewhere. NHS Nottinghamshire County says the options include additions to NHS services in Newark such as more day case operations, enhanced community services, increased ambulance cover, more clinics for planned care, and beds for people to recover after serious treatment at other major hospitals.The proposals are part of a major review of healthcare in Newark.

BBC News – NHS tried to halt A&E petition


Newark and Sherwood has already lost it’s main hospital, Now there are plans to close the A & E. Newark has grown significantly in the last number of years. The people need to be able to get quick emergency medical help. PLEASE KEEP OUR A & E OPEN

 

Harrym, thanks for your much appreciated comment. 

BBC News – NHS tried to halt A&E petition

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10 Dec 2009 … Town councillor Laurence Goff has collected 5000 signatures on a petition against plans to remove the A&E department at Newark Hospital. …
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I entirely agree with YOU we ought to be arguing enthusiastically for the people of Newark.

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29 Nov 2009  Local councillor, Mr Laurence Goff, is urging the people of Newark to sign a petition to save Newark Hospital’s A & E 
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10 Dec 2009 … Town councillor Laurence Goff has collected 5000 signatures on a petition against plans to remove the A&E department at Newark Hospital. …
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BBC News – NHS tried to halt A&E petition

– 2 visits – 6:53pm

10 Dec 2009  Town councillor Laurence Goff has collected 5000 signatures on a petition against plans to remove the A&E department at Newark Hospital
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Impact minimal on other hospitals

Fears that changes at Newark Hospital would lead to increased demand at accident and emergency departments in other hospitals have been dismissed.

The union, Unison, said the changes would put extra pressure on already stretched facilities at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.


How Newark Compares

According to NHS Nottinghamshire County’s consultation document, the Newark area has a population of 43,000.

This is a similar size to Grantham, with 41,000.


The chairman of a campaign group set up to keep vital services at Grantham Hospital is offering support to people in Newark.

Mrs Charmaine Morgan (47) of SOS Grantham Hospital, said campaigning could work and people needed to unite to ensure their voices were heard.


Move patients closer to home

A man with first-hand experience of the difficulties of visiting family members in other hospitals says patients should be brought home to Newark as soon as possible.

Mr Trevor Moore, of Farndon, visited his wife at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, in August.


Transfer restricts visits to husband

A woman whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease estimates she has seen him around only six times in the four months he has been in Ashfield Community Hospital because she cannot drive.

Mrs Barbara Weaver (76) of Bowbridge Road, Newark, faces a two-hour round trip to visit her husband, Mr Arthur Weaver (75) who was diagnosed in 2006.


Options for dementia services

The families of dementia patients face long journeys to visit them in hospital under plans for Newark’s Friary ward to remain closed.

NHS Nottinghamshire County says services cannot remain as they are because they cannot meet national guidelines, patients would rather be treated and supported in their own homes, services are isolated, there are gaps in current service provision, and in-patients would benefit from either better care in the home or from more specialist psychiatric care.


Improved services needed

Better community-based services for dementia patients and their carers should have been in place before the closure of Friary ward, according to a carer.

Mrs Jeanette Rich (67) whose husband Mr Douglas Rich (69) has Alzheimer’s disease, said NHS Nottinghamshire County told her 18 months ago that the ward was closing. The PCT denies this.


 Petition wording change agreed

The town councillor who collected about 5,000 signatures on a petition has agreed to change the wording of it.

Mr Laurence Goff was asked by NHS Nottinghamshire County to suspend the petition until after last night’s public meeting on Newark health services.


A Facebook group page set up by Cara Hansen (14) of Wright Street, Newark, urging people to call for all facilities to be kept at Newark Hospital has more than 4,727 members.

About 770 people have signed an e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website set up by Mr Clive Owen, of Cottage Close, Balderton.


We fear the town will lose out again

I remember staff standing outside the hospital on London Road petitioning against the closure of the maternity unit – it closed.

I remember Balderton Hospital with its beautiful grounds that patients enjoyed – the site was sold for housing.


Newark people are passionate about their hospital and want to be treated there when they are ill, district councillor Mrs Gill Dawn told colleagues on Tuesday.

Her comments came after a health review presentation by officers from NHS Nottinghamshire County to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s external relations and partnerships scrutiny committee.


NHS Nottinghamshire County’s director of public health, Dr Chris Kenny, used the launch as an opportunity to guarantee Newark Hospital would not close.

“It is a safe, modern and much-loved organisation which we intend to build upon in terms of long-term conditions and planned care,” he said.


A widow whose husband died at King’s Mill Hospital has described her experience of travelling there as shocking.

Mrs Patricia Lamb (74) of Lime Grove, Newark, faced a lone daily bus journey to Sutton-in-Ashfield to see her husband, Mr George Lamb.


Former patients have hit out at plans to take heart attack victims immediately to a specialist treatment centre.

Mr Derek Ingamells (63) of Robert Dukeson Avenue, Newark, spent 12 days in Newark Hospital after having a heart attack.


The board of NHS Nottinghamshire County approved the health review consultation document at a meeting in Newark Town Hall.

A non-executive director, Mr Colin Harrison, said he thought the document could have been improved if there had been more time. He said the options for mental health were not set out as clearly as they could be.


It is the second time in recent years that fears for the future of Newark Hospital have been sparked by revelations about its accident and emergency department.

In 2003 the Advertiser obtained a memo issued to ambulance staff with a list of types of patients who should not be taken to Newark.


A 14-year-old has set up a group page on Facebook urging people to call for all facilities to be kept at Newark Hospital.

Cara Hansen, of Wright Street, set up the page on Sunday after reading in the Advertiser about the proposals to change accident and emergency to a minor injuries unit.


A petition against the changes to accident and emergency cover at Newark has topped 3,000 signatures.

Newark town councillor Mr Laurence Goff launched the petition on Wednesday of last week and has been collecting signatures outside the Town Hall.


A Government minister has responded to a request from the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, about the Department of Health’s intentions for Newark Hospital.

The minister responsible for health services in the East Midlands, Mr Phil Hope, said deciding how and where to provide NHS services was a matter for the local NHS in conjunction with health professionals, patients and other stakeholders.


A former Newark Hospital employee said there were often no ambulances available in Newark because they were making unnecessary trips to other hospitals.

They said: “In the past people who attended Newark accident and emergency and needed to be observed overnight were admitted to the surgical ward.”


Newark’s Boundary Road hospital opened in 1996, replacing the one on London Road.

Before it opened, promises were made by the health authorities that it would offer facilities and services of which the town could be proud.


Criticism has been directed at plans to shift key services such as heart attack care away from Newark.

Proposals put forward as part of the Newark Healthcare Review will see heart attack victims treated at specialist centres rather than at Newark Hospital.


Emotions are running high after it was revealed that Newark Hospital’s accident and emergency department is to become a minor injuries unit.

Newark and its people are fiercely protective of the hospital and the services it provides to the community.


Advertiser readers are today urged to act to protect what is left of services at Newark Hospital after health chiefs admitted it can no longer support an accident and emergency department.

People in the town this week reacted angrily to a decision by NHS Nottinghamshire County to change A &; E to a minor injuries unit.


Health bosses have repeatedly emphasised that Newark Hospital will not close.

Dr Chris Kenny, director of public health for NHS Nottinghamshire County, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to guarantee that Newark Hospital will not close. “


Despite its name, Newark is not a full A &; E department because it does not meet national guidelines, according to NHS Nottinghamshire County.

The Royal College of Physicians states that a full round-the-clock emergency service can only accept medical emergencies if it has intensive care beds, 24-hour anaesthetics cover including life support, access to major surgical facilities, and enough patients for doctors to develop and maintain the right medical skills.


The changes to the A & E service at Newark Hospital are the main part of NHS Nottinghamshire County’s Newark Healthcare Review.

The first option is for A &; E to become a minor injuries unit plus (MIU+).


There are plans to increase the range and availability of outpatient services and diagnostic tests at Newark Hospital.

There are also plans for more GPs and nurses and the public will be asked for their views on where the GPs should be based.


Mother-of-two Mrs Juliet Mumby (23) of Barnby Mews, Newark, described the plans for Newark A & E as disgraceful.

She is urging people to attend public meetings and speak out.


The accident and emergency department at Newark Hospital will become a minor injuries unit under plans published today.

A consultation on two options about the opening hours of the unit and how it is staffed is due to run from Monday until March.


 Move patients closer to home

A man with first-hand experience of the difficulties of visiting family members in other hospitals says patients should be brought home to Newark as soon as possible.

Mr Trevor Moore, of Farndon, visited his wife at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, in August.


 Transfer restricts visit to husband

A woman whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease estimates she has seen him around only six times in the four months he has been in Ashfield Community Hospital because she cannot drive.

Mrs Barbara Weaver (76) of Bowbridge Road, Newark, faces a two-hour round trip to visit her husband, Mr Arthur Weaver (75) who was diagnosed in

2006.


Options for dementia services

The families of dementia patients face long journeys to visit them in hospital under plans for Newark’s Friary ward to remain closed.

NHS Nottinghamshire County says services cannot remain as they are because they cannot meet national guidelines, patients would rather be treated and supported in their own homes, services are isolated, there are gaps in current service provision, and in-patients would benefit from either better care in the home or from more specialist psychiatric care.


 Improved services

Better community-based services for dementia patients and their carers should have been in place before the closure of Friary ward, according to a carer.

Mrs Jeanette Rich (67) whose husband Mr Douglas Rich (69) has Alzheimer’s disease, said NHS Nottinghamshire County told her 18 months ago that the ward was closing. The PCT denies this.


Petition wording change agreed

The town councillor who collected about 5,000 signatures on a petition has agreed to change the wording of it.

Mr Laurence Goff was asked by NHS Nottinghamshire County to suspend the petition until after last night’s public meeting on Newark health services.


4,700 on Facebook

A Facebook group page set up by Cara Hansen (14) of Wright Street, Newark, urging people to call for all facilities to be kept at Newark Hospital has more than 4,727 members.

 


Letter – Fearing town will lose out again

I remember staff standing outside the hospital on London Road petitioning against the closure of the maternity unit – it closed.

I remember Balderton Hospital with its beautiful grounds that patients enjoyed – the site was sold for housing.


Having Your Say

The 90-day public consultation over the proposals for healthcare in Newark was officially launched at Newark Hospital on Monday.

A display board giving information about the review will remain in the entrance throughout the consultation.


Keen to be treated at Newark

Newark people are passionate about their hospital and want to be treated there when they are ill, district councillor Mrs Gill Dawn told colleagues on Tuesday.

Her comments came after a health review presentation by officers from NHS Nottinghamshire County to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s external relations and partnerships scrutiny committee.


Not Closing

NHS Nottinghamshire County’s director of public health, Dr Chris Kenny, used the launch as an opportunity to guarantee Newark Hospital would not close.

“It is a safe, modern and much-loved organisation which we intend to build upon in terms of long-term conditions and planned care,” he said.


Too far to King’s Mill

A widow whose husband died at King’s Mill Hospital has described her experience of travelling there as shocking.

Mrs Patricia Lamb (74) of Lime Grove, Newark, faced a lone daily bus journey to Sutton-in-Ashfield to see her husband, Mr George Lamb.


NEWARK HOSPITAL ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY

Right place at the right time

Former patients have hit out at plans to take heart attack victims immediately to a specialist treatment centre.

Mr Derek Ingamells (63) of Robert Dukeson Avenue, Newark, spent 12 days in Newark Hospital after having a heart attack a month ago.


Concern about third option

The board of NHS Nottinghamshire County approved the health review consultation document at a meeting in Newark Town Hall.

A non-executive director, Mr Colin Harrison, said he thought the document could have been improved if there had been more time. He said the options for mental health were not set out as clearly as they could be.


Change came years ago

It is the second time in recent years that fears for the future of Newark Hospital have been sparked by revelations about its accident and emergency department.

In 2003 the Advertiser obtained a memo issued to ambulance staff with a list of types of patients who should not be taken to Newark.


Logging on to save services

A 14-year-old has set up a group page on Facebook urging people to call for all facilities to be kept at Newark Hospital.

Cara Hansen, of Wright Street, set up the page on Sunday after reading in the Advertiser about the proposals to change accident and emergency to a minor injuries unit.


3,000 – plus add names to petition

A petition against the changes to accident and emergency cover at Newark has topped 9,000 signatures.

Newark town councillor Mr Laurence Goff launched the petition on Wednesday of last week and has been collecting signatures outside the Town Hall.

Minister’s response

A Government minister has responded to a request from the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, about the Department of Health’s intentions for Newark Hospital.

The minister responsible for health services in the East Midlands, Mr Phil Hope, said deciding how and where to provide NHS services was a matter for the local NHS in conjunction with health professionals, patients and other stakeholders.


Ambulance concerns raised

A former Newark Hospital employee said there were often no ambulances available in Newark because they were making unnecessary trips to other hospitals.

They said: “In the past people who attended Newark accident and emergency and needed to be observed overnight were admitted to the surgical ward.”


A facility to be proud of

Newark’s Boundary Road hospital opened in 1996, replacing the one on London Road.

Before it opened, promises were made by the health authorities that it would offer facilities and services of which the town could be proud.


Care plan criticised

Criticism has been directed at plans to shift key services such as heart attack care away from Newark.

Proposals put forward as part of the Newark Healthcare Review will see heart attack victims treated at specialist centres rather than at Newark Hospital.


Chiel – Have your Say

Emotions are running high after it was revealed that Newark Hospital’s accident and emergency department is to become a minor injuries unit.

Newark and its people are fiercely protective of the hospital and the services it provides to the community.


A & E Anger

Advertiser readers are today urged to act to protect what is left of services at Newark Hospital after health chiefs admitted it can no longer support an accident and emergency department.

People in the town this week reacted angrily to a decision by NHS Nottinghamshire County to change A & E to a minor injuries unit.


 Future secure

Health bosses have repeatedly emphasised that Newark Hospital will not close.

Dr Chris Kenny, director of public health for NHS Nottinghamshire County, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to guarantee that Newark Hospital will not close.


 Guidelines dicate change

Despite its name, Newark is not a full A &; E department because it does not meet national guidelines, according to NHS Nottinghamshire County.

The Royal College of Physicians states that a full round-the-clock emergency service can only accept medical emergencies if it has intensive care beds, 24-hour anaesthetics cover including life support, access to major surgical facilities, and enough patients for doctors to develop and maintain the right medical skills.


Consultation over urgent care

The changes to the A & E service at Newark Hospital are the main part of NHS Nottinghamshire County’s Newark Healthcare Review.

The first option is for A &; E to become a minor injuries unit plus (MIU+).


Community care to cut admissions

There are plans to increase the range and availability of outpatient services and diagnostic tests at Newark Hospital.

There are also plans for more GPs and nurses and the public will be asked for their views on where the GPs should be based.


Make your voices heard

Mother-of-two Mrs Juliet Mumby (23) of Barnby Mews, Newark, described the plans for Newark A & E as disgraceful.


 A&E cover under review

The accident and emergency department at Newark Hospital will become a minor injuries unit under plans published today.

A consultation on two options about the opening hours of the unit and how it is staffed is due to run from Monday until March.


PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:10 pm Post subject: The passive MP and A&E  

Have your say on the Newark Health review

Having read the Advertiser, A&E Anger, there is undoubtedly much anger, fearfulness and dissatisfaction within those pages regarding the Healthcare Review and yet condemnation or slight disapproval is not to be found in the one place it would do the most good for the Newark people, indeed it would seem, that the Newark MP has a great trust in those doing the review, which to my mind is a betrayal of our trust, a Benedict Arnold disloyal stance.

Mr Mercer assured us that he knows how to do the job of being an MP properly and said he pledged himself to the constituency and fervently believed in the people of Newark, and yet, his response to the Healthcare Review was almost one of complete indifference.

I honestly believe that Mr Mercer used Newark like a stepping stone to further his ambitions and I can understand his aspirational regret but it was for the betterment of the town that he was elected and we fully expect him to support and work to that end above and beyond his own agenda.

If he is not prepared to give us all the support we need and fight tooth and nail for our needs and I am very sorry to say it would seem that way, then let us hope in the coming election, we get the result he richly deserves and we richly deserve because if he cannot or will not do the job properly, somebody else will, without a paying partnership, with their spouse.

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Peaceful Protest To South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark-On-Trent on 1st January 2016

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Newark Town Hall

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I believe wholeheartedly in being actively involved with Newark issues. Elected member on Newark Town Council

My Freedom To Still Protest

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I Will Be Out Once Again With My Annual Peaceful Protest When The South Notts Hunt visited Newark-On-Trent.

They arrived around 11 o’clock to the Newark Market Place outside Town Hall NG24 1DU.

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MPs Voted In The London Parliament To Ban Fox Hunt In The UK

The Hunting Act was first passed in 2004. Most members of the House of Commons. MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting by 362 to 154 a majority of 208.

www.conservativesagainstfoxhunting.com /

2015-01-01 11.38.51Hunting enthusiasts had turn out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act. I’m true to my conviction, no matter what anyone else thinks about me. I will be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people have tried to change my mind and convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have. Whether you disagree with fox hunting or not. The Conservative Party did try to overturn the ban on fox hunting after being re-elected in 2015. David Cameron, who was an enthusiastic supporter of his local Heythrop Hunt before becoming prime minister, if he allowed a free vote on legalising fox hunting in the new Parliament he would had lost the vote. Fox hunting was banned in the Hunting Act 2004 along with hunting other wild mammals – but since it came into force in February 2005 it has been strongly opposed.

SAM_8982The Labour Party wins the general election and in its manifesto promises a free vote in Parliament on hunting.

5th November 1997
Michael Foster MP publishes a private member’s bill to ban hunting with dogs.

1st March 1998
Countryside Rally in Hyde Park — 250,000 protest against the bill.

13 March 1998
The Foster bill runs out of time during the report stage in the Commons.

30th May 2000                                            Labour MP Gordon Prentice proposes an amendment to the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill to ban the sport.

28th February 2001                                         During a vote in the Commons, MPs vote by a majority of 179 for an outright ban.

26th March 2001                                              The House of Lords votes 317 to 68 against the ban. The hunting bill runs out of time when the general election is called.

June 2001
The Queen’s Speech promises another free vote on hunting in parliament.

February 2002
Scottish Parliament bans hunting in Scotland.

September 2002
400,000 join the Liberty and Livelihood March to support rural life.

3rd December 2002
Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister, announces the Hunting Bill, allowing foxhunting under a strict licensing system, but which would outlaw hare coursing and stag hunting.

1st July 2003
After five hours of debate, MPs vote to change the Hunting Bill into an outright ban by 362 votes to 154.

10th July 2003
A third reading of the Hunting Bill clears the House of Commons, 317 votes to 145.

21st October 2003
A cross-party group of peers in the House of Lords throws out MPs’ plans for a complete ban and replaces them with a licensing regime for fox and stag hunting as well as hare coursing, during the committee stage. Anti-hunting MPs vote for a total ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, but the House of Lords rejects it in a vote before the legislation runs out of parliamentary time.

8th September 2004
Government announces plans for a free vote on the Hunting Bill — leading to an outright ban — before the session ends in November.

16th September 2004
MPs vote for a ban on hunting. A group of pro-hunt demonstrators break in to the House of Commons chamber while protestors are involved in confrontations outside Parliament.

18th November 2004
Commons speaker Michael Martin invokes the Parliament Act to push the bill into law despite the Lords rejecting the bill.
28th January 2005
A High Court challenge to the law is lost by pro-hunt campaigners.

16 February 2005
The Countryside Alliance loses its appeal that the Hunting Act is unlawful.

18th February 2005
The hunting ban comes into force.

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Newark Town Hall

I am responsible for any content, I do not speak for the Newark Town Council on this issue.

Photos of The South Notts  Hunt in Newark Market Place

Taken by amateur Photographer Laurencegoff

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More than 300 hunts gathering for Boxing Day met on 26th December amid growing parliamentary opposition from Conservative MPs to repealing the ban on hunting foxes with packs of hounds.

The traditional outings, expected to attract around 250,000 riders and supporters, are usually portrayed by the Countryside Alliance as a symbol of mass protest against the Hunting Act which came into force in 2005.

But Blue Fox, the increasingly confident lobby group coordinating Tory anti-bloodsports activists, claims that nearly 60 Conservative MPs would vote against proposals to weaken the ban.

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 Ten years on since the Hunting Act
Hunts are expected to take place across the UK. – It has been  11 years after the Hunting Act was first passed
in 2004

The law made it illegal to hunt wild animals using dogs

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Laurence Goff  With My Peaceful Protest held each year 1st January at around 11.00am outside  Town Hall, Market Place,  Newark 

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Thousands of hunting enthusiasts will turn out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act. I’m true to my conviction, no matter what anyone else thinks about me. I will be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people have tried to change my mind and convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have.

Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign. Most members of the House of Commons. MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting by 362 to 154 a majority of 208. The Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals (CPHA). Three animal welfare groups joined together to form the CPHA. They are: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA), the League against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. 

South Notts

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Fox Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, but are instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent laid about 20 minutes in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.

South Notts Hunt LGLaurence Goff attending The South Notts Hunt will be returning on 1st January 2016 at  10.40am. My peaceful protest to them outside Newark Town Hall.

Members of the House of Commons. In 2005, 362 MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting.

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More people do not believe the ban on hunting foxes with dogs should be repealed – and even more want it to stay for chasing and killing deer and hares. SAM_8267

That was the result of a new Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports, who have launched a new publicity drive targeting cinema-goers over the New Year period.
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Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign.

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Hunting wild animals with dogs for sport was banned ten years ago on animal welfare grounds. The pro-hunt lobby should respect the law, and our wildlife.

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Most members of the House of Commons. In 2005, 362 MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting.

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I will be out with my peaceful protest against the South Notts Hunt. They  will be their at 10:30am New Years Day

Thousands of fox hunting supporters will attend Boxing Day meets across the UK today, as a new poll shows 80 per cent of people remain opposed to the tradition.

Around 250 hunts will ride out on the biggest day of the hunting calendar – some following an artificial scent (known as drag hunting) and some hunting foxes within the constraints of the 2004 hunting ban.

Hunt saboteurs are also expected to be out in force, watching and filming hunts they believe will try to flout the law and hunt foxes illegally.

Today’s poll, commissioned by animal welfare organisation The League Against Cruel Sports, found that 80 per cent of the public do not believe hunting should be made legal again.

Two months ago, the Prime Minister David Cameron suggested he was sympathetic to calls from farmers who want the right to use packs of hounds to flush foxes out of woodland to be shot.

At present, they can only use two dogs for this purpose – prompting Downing Street to suggest it may introduce a government motion to amend the 2004 ban.

Joe Duckworth, chief executive of The League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Hunting is a sickeningly cruel blood sport, which, like us, the majority of the British public do not want brought back.

“Voting for repeal would be political suicide.

“We need to move forward as a nation, not backwards on matters of animal welfare.”

The Ipsos MORI survey also suggested there was no difference between the views of people living in rural and urban areas.

Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA, which also commissioned the survey, said: “As a rural dweller I have always known that opposition to hunting with dogs has never been an issue of ‘town versus country’.

“This poll proves it once and for all.

“The message to MPs is loud and clear.

“Hunting wild animals with dogs is unethical, inhumane and cruel.”

Thousands to attend Boxing Day hunts as poll shows 80% of people want fox hunting to STAY banned
I am against hunting to be held in Newark area 1st January.
foxhounds, bloodhounds and drag hunts at Horse & Hound
Newark Market Place
I will came out in the cold with my personal protest to the South Notts Hunt, who was visiting Newark Nottinghamshire

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Newark-On-Trent outside Newark Town Hall

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I am Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport

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 Boxing Day and New Year’s Day hunts a poll shows 80% of people want fox hunting to stay banned

“This poll proves it once and for all.

“The message to MPs is loud and clear.

“Hunting wild animals with dogs is unethical, inhumane and cruel.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boxing-day-hunt-meets-2013-2959645

Some 250 fox hunts met today as a new survey suggests 80% of the public want to keep hunting illegal.

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Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign. Most members of the House of Commons. In 2005, 362 MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting.

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Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign.Most members of the House of Commons. In 2005,

362 MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting.

The Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals (CPHA).

Three animal welfare groups joined together to form the CPHA.

They are: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA),

the League against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport

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My Rights To Free Speech, Protests, and Demonstration

Out and about 

Peaceful Protest to South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark.

One lone voice and a crowd of several hundred will be visiting Market place, Newark-On-Trent

 

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It was in  2004, that fox hunting was banned in England and Wales. Hunts now claim to follow artificial trails, but, according to the League Against Cruel Sports, the law is often flouted, and many foxes are still killed on hunts.

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I will out once Again With my Personal Protest To The South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark-On-Trent outside the Town Hall. I’m showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. It has been illegal to use dogs to hunt animals in England and Wales since 2005. South Notts Hunt visiting Newark-On-Trent

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1st January at 11.00am Laurence Goff  will be out once again with his Personal Protest To The South Notts Hunt, Visiting Newark-On-Trent. I’m showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. It has been illegal to use dogs to hunt animals in England and Wales since 2005.

It is worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public support the Hunting Act and are opposed to repeal and any politician who votes in favour of repeal will be doing so against the will of most of the people who voted him or her into parliament.” The UK  government could create a regulatory body for fox-hunting if the ban on it ends.

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Hunting enthusiasts turned out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act.

Be true to my conviction, no matter what anyone else thinks about me.  I will  be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people may attempt to convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have.

Newark-On-Trent a large crowd will turn to welcome The South Notts Hunt. I will gather for my traditional peaceful protest on 1st January at around 10.30am against them and for a Hunting: Ban. I welcome it will not be overturned. Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.

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They will not bring forward a lifting fox hunting ban.The Hunting Act 2004. There are more MPs who support the Hunting Act. I have to say it’s worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public support. It is worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public support the Hunting Act and are opposed to repeal and any politician who votes in favour of repeal will be doing so against the will of most of the people who voted him or her into parliament. The Hunting Act 2004.

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Thousands of hunting enthusiasts will turn out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act. I’m true to my conviction, no matter what anyone else thinks about me. I will be true to one values/morals and standards at all time. I remember that other people may attempt to convince me to act against my judgment, principles and conscience which we all have. Fox hunting lobby to reignite anti ban campaign.  

Most members of the House of Commons.

MPs voted to change the Hunting Bill in order to ban fox hunting by 362 to 154 a majority of 208.The Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals (CPHA). Three animal welfare groups joined together to form the CPHA. They are: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA), the League against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport.

Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport.

I will gather for my traditional peaceful protest on 

1st January 2014 at 10.30am.

Newark-On-Trent

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 Fox Hunts Ride Out For New Year Day Meets

Newark-On-Trent a large crowd did turn outside Newark Town Hall in the Market Place to welcome The South Notts Hunt. I gather for my traditional peaceful protest at 10.30am against them and for a Hunting: Ban. I welcome it will not be overturned. Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.

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They will not bring forward a lifting fox hunting ban.The Hunting Act 2004. There are more MPs who support the Hunting Act. I have to say it’s worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public supportIt is worth bearing in mind that the vast majority of the public support the Hunting Act and are opposed to repeal and any politician who votes in favour of repeal will be doing so against the will of most of the people who voted him or her into parliament. The Hunting Act 2004.

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Laurence Goff Peaceful Protest to The South Notts Hunt, I am not a hunting enthusiasts.

They want to push to repeal the  Hunting Act. 

The hunt met in front of the town hall before moving on to the Hawton area.
I  was a lone protester, who has been every year since the hunt returned to the Market Place. Hundreds of people greeted the South Notts Hunt at its traditional New Year’s Day meet in Newark Market Place.

Let’s stop fox hunting for good, ban it for ever

 

Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport.

Since Back the Ban was launched, thousands of people have signed up to fight the return of hunting with dogs.

Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport. But ultimately it’s MPs who’ll get to vote on the issue. Through the Back the Ban website you can now find out MPs real views on hunting.

 

It has been illegal to use dogs to hunt animals in England and Wales since 2005

Newark-On-Trent

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Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.

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  The Blue Fox Group and Founders of Blue Badger

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Conservatives Against Fox Huntinghttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20843260

Hunting vote: for and against

www.bbc.co.uk

William Burton, from the Countryside Alliance, was confident a vote would be held in Parliament while Dawn Varley, from the League Against Cruel Sports, said cruelty needed to be taken out of hunting.

Hunting: Ban ‘cannot be overturned’ in free vote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20845401

Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt

An estimated 250 – 300 hunts are held on Boxing Day

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The Conservatives do not have the parliamentary majority to overturn a ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, the Tory Party chairman said.

Grant Shapps said he agreed with Environment Secretary Owen Paterson that a free vote for MPs on lifting the ban would be defeated. Mr Paterson earlier said that a vote may not happen in 2013.It has been illegal to use dogs to hunt animals in England and Wales since 2005, and in Scotland since 2002. Mr Shapps, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World At One programme, said: “As Owen Patterson said, it makes sense to bring something forward if you think there’s a chance of there being a Parliamentary majority. “At the moment there doesn’t appear to be one.” More than 300 hunts are holding Boxing Day meets, a week after the RSPCA’s first successful prosecution of a hunt for operating illegally.

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Analysis

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Political correspondent

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is seen by those on the right of the Conservative Party as an authentic Tory who shares their instincts.

But Mr Paterson’s comments show he is a mathematically astute pragmatist.

Yes, the coalition agreement sets out the government will give MPs a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act.

But the environment secretary has done his sums and concluded those in favour of overturning the law would lose.

Some Conservatives will also be very aware that reintroducing the debate on hunting at Westminster would open a whacking great dividing line with Labour.

Ed Miliband’s party would argue pushing for a vote would prove the Tories are out of touch with the concerns of most voters.

Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase foxes, but are instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent laid about 20 minutes in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure. Mr Paterson told the Daily Telegraph: “At the moment, it would not be my proposal to bring forward a vote we were going to lose.” A free vote on the issue is included in the coalition agreement, although Mr Shapps said: “Hunting hasn’t been a feature of this Parliament.” Tory backbencher Simon Hart, a former chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said he believed Prime Minister David Cameron still intended to honour the commitment to hold a free vote. “He knows that he has made a promise on this, he knows he can’t really afford to let down core voters in rural constituencies and nothing he has said in the last two-and-a-half years to me has indicated that he has slipped an inch on this,” he told the BBC. A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed: “The coalition government pledged to put forward a motion to allow a free vote on the Hunting Act. “This will take place at an appropriate time and if parliament were to vote in favour of repeal, the government would introduce a Repeal Bill in the House of Parliament in due course.” Responding to Mr Paterson’s comments, the shadow environment secretary, Mary Creagh, said “most people back Labour’s ban on hunting wild animals with dogs”.

Animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), have commissioned research which suggests that only 15% of people want to scrap the ban. But the Countryside Alliance says it has seen no slackening of support for hunting in recent years.

 

Let’s stop fox hunting for good, ban it for ever


Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport

South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark-On-Trent

Next Peaceful Protest

  Newark resident Laurence Goff,  Peaceful Protest To South Notts Hunt Visiting Newark-On-Trent

Thousands of  hunting enthusiasts will turn out again, they what to push to repeal the Hunting Act.

Our new coalition government confirms free vote on lifting fox hunting ban. Mr David Cameron

has confirmed plans to grant Conservative MPs a free vote on whether to bring back fox

hunting in the UK. Page 18 of the document contains the paragraph: “We will bring forward

a motion on a free vote enabling the House of Commons to express its view on the repeal of

the Hunting Act.”

 

 

Let’s stop fox hunting for good, ban it for ever

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Coalition government update

Hunting: Ban ‘cannot be overturned’ in free vote which I welcome.

They will not bring forward a lifting fox hunting ban. The Government for the moment

can’t express its view on the repeal of the Hunting Act.” There are more MPs who support

the Hunting Act than those who wish to repeal it. I have to say it’s worth bearing in mind that the vast

majority of the public support the Hunting Act.  Any MP who opposed to repeal changing the ban.

 

Fox hounds

The hunt has also used other sites for the meet, mostly at East Stoke and Elston.

The Conservatives have pledged to vote on lifting the ban, they will have to wait until the next General election in 2015.

The Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals (CPHA). Three animal welfare groups joined together to form the CPHA. They are: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA), the League against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Showing the scale of public opposition to hunting is vital if we’re to prevent the return of this barbaric sport

 

The hunting ban not only works. It will continue to set the tone for animal welfare as opposed

to animal abuse. I wonder if Mr David Cameron will putting his entire party against the British public.

For that is in effect what he is doing. By taking up the challenge to make out hunting for fun is

more important than the economy, its little wonder the public are not impressed. wwwbacktheban.com

Labour lists the act among one of its achievements in changing British society since Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997

Three-hunt-leaders-accused-of-illegal-fox-hunting.html

Three hunt leaders guilty of illegal fox-hunting

Joint Master Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, Ian McKie and Andrew Proe were secretly filmed by League Against Cruel Sports investigators

Three hunt leaders guilty of illegal fox-hunting | via @Telegraph

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darrellgoodliffe added a new comment to the post Conservatives “will scrap hunting ban”.

darrellgoodliffe said on Conservatives “will scrap hunting ban”

December 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

In response to darrellgoodliffe on August 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm:

The Daily Telegraph reports; “The controversial scheme will include the creation of a Hunt Regulatory Authority (HRA) to police the behaviour of hunts and was drawn up by senior lawyers along with the Countryside Alliance. The plans have the backing of influential Tories including William Hague and Edward Garnier, the shadow justice minister and could […]

Good to see you are still fighting hard there Laurence! 🙂

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Now Brown declares class war on hunting – UK Politics, UK – The 26 Dec 2009 … If you think the Tories have changed, their views on foxhunting with dogs….. shows the last ten years to be of nett benefit to the UK. …

http://www.independent.co.uk/…/uk/…/now-brown-declares-class-war-on-hunting- 1850407.html –The Silent Killer in the Countryside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuDVQBdlR3c&feature=player_embedded

Calling the Hounds

Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass organisation, please visit http://www.banbloodsports.com  hunting hunter fox bloodsports hounds horses ban 

Let’s stop fox hunting for good, ban it for ever

 

 

 

The League Against Cruel Sports has launched a new snare website –www.snaringsurvey.org.uk – to gather information on the extent of snaring in the UK.

The National Anti-Snaring Campaign, which we have long supported, has redesigned their already excellent website. We highly recommend you visitwww.antisnaring.org.uk

They can’t even use the argument that they are killing them for food, they are killing them because they like killing them…very cruelly killing them, if people think much has changed since the 2004 Act of Parliament, please read up on the subject…I can’t see much change in their rural barbarity. PLEASE share this.

National Trust Cruelty: Torment of a Stag

Pregnant Woman in Fear of Hunt Dogs

Pregnant Woman in Fear of Hunt Dogs

Another Hunt Monitor Attacked

Hunt Steward Guilty of Threatening Behaviour

Pet Cats Torn Apart by Hunt Hounds

Hoghton Tower Bloodsport Demo

High Peak Hunt Savage and Kill Pet Cat (External link)

Huntsman guilty of breaking ban (External link)

Hunt Darling Boy Admits Drink Driving

Drink Driving Joint Master of the Ullswater Foxhounds


Cheshire Foxhounds: Two Hounds Killed

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In February 2005 Parliament passed into law a ban on “Hunting with Dogs” in England and Wales (The “Hunting Act”). The “House of Commons”, acting for England and Wales

In an average fox hunting season:

Foxes killed: 15,000 (36% by digging up by terriermen)
Humans killed (in accidents): 3
Pups and hounds killed: 6,000
Veterinary fees for horses: £15 million
Injuries to hounds: 1,000
Injuries to those on foot (including sabs): 500
Total blood spilled: 1 ton plus
Policing costs (paid by taxpayers): Over £1 million.

Fox Hunting in the UK :: Foxhunting

fox hunting is now banned in the UK. The North West League Against Cruel Sports … TheFox Project sees no reason why the same courtesy should not be …
http://www.nwlacs.co.uk/foxhunting.htm

26 Dec 2009 … Lots of people in rural areas oppose fox hunting and it isn’t about stopping …of the population do not want hunting with dogs to be made legal again. … you agree to be bound by BelfastTelegraph.co.uk’s Terms of Use. …
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Nice and quite once again, happy New Year

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Newark-On-Trent, Nottinghamshire England

Newark, Nottinghamshire a Good Place To Visit, Live or Work

What are my top 10 priorities for Newark

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Full Time MP with no Second job, Appoint another person when you can’t attend events or meetings. Stop MPs who have claimed large sums in travel and other expenses without sufficient public explanation. To publish MPs expense claims to be open and transparent

MP to Live in the Constituency with his Family

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Safeguarding Newark Hospital Protect local services for a better future

Safeguarding our vulnerable people plus Mental health issues homelessness

Raise the average wage in the town by attracting new employers

Safeguarding our elderly and young for a better future

Be compassionate sympathetic to our needs

Improve local policing and fight crime

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Safeguarding our history and tourism

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This House in Newark has been empty for 38 years

We have a Round 800 Long-Term Empty Properties In Newark And Sherwood District Council Area

 

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