Colchester Borough Council is about to commence a consultation on its current waste and recycling service. Borough residents are being asked for their views to help Colchester Borough Council consider how best to reduce waste and increase recycling in the coming years.
All residents are invited to give their views through the online survey at www.colchester.gov.uk/recyclingsurvey between Monday 7 March and 5pm Friday 3 June 2016.
Help to complete the survey is available at free Online Skills events across the borough listed at www.colchester.gov.uk/go-online . Residents with accessibility needs can request assistance from a Customer Advisor at the Community Hub in the town centre.
From 7 March to 29 March and Monday 9 May to Friday 3 June selected homes across the borough with kerbside or communal bin collections will also be visited. Face to face feedback on recycling and waste collections will be gathered from around 1,000 residents.
Home visits will take place borough-wide between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday to households representative of Colchester’s demographic mix.
All survey responses will be used to help the Council understand what residents think including: satisfaction with the type and number of containers used for home storage and collection of waste and recycling; frequency of collections; and ideas for improvement that would help residents send less waste to landfill and recycle more. Household characteristics, including number of residents at the property and availability of outdoor and container storage areas, will also be gathered.
The consultation is part of a full review of the Council’s waste and recycling service including considering different collection methods and best practice nationally.
Clinicians at North East Essex CCG are seeking local people’s views on their plans to restrict IVF services in the future – and they are inviting everyone to give their feedback. Under the plans, they are proposing restrictions to the current IVF service as it does not provide sufficient benefit to the overall health economy.
Certain groups of patients would still be able to access IVF: for instance, those patients who are undergoing medical treatment that would leave them infertile.
They also propose that couples experiencing difficulties in conceiving could still seek medical advice through their GP in the first instance.
Dr Hasan Chowhan, Clinical Director at the North East Essex CCG, said:
We recognise that infertility is a very difficult issue for those affected by it and we have not taken this proposal lightly or without engagement with other clinical professionals. We fully intend to review this decision in the near future.
Between 2013/14, the CCG paid for 107 fertility procedures which amounted to £386k – the equivalent of:
Samantha Hepplewhite, Acting Chief Officer at the North East Essex CCG, said:
We have managed to achieve around £35m savings over recent years. However this challenge will continue as we need to find a further £14m savings each year for the next four years.
We have a requirement to stay within budget and if we do not implement these decisions and further proposals then we would have to select other services to restrict. Current local demands for healthcare services are costing more money than is currently available.
In addition, the CCG is also intending to restrict the following services:
Please see our consultation document with further details at www.neessexccg.nhs.uk
The CCG is holding a number of engagement events over the coming weeks aimed allowing local people to find out more about its plans.
|Friday 26 June (3pm)||Clacton – Sam’s Hall, CVST, Rosemary Road, Clacton CO15 1NZ|
|Tuesday 7 July (6pm)||Colchester – Room 12a, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR|
|Friday 10 July (2pm)||Clacton – Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton CO15 1SE|
|Thursday 16 July (6.30pm)||Clacton – Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton CO15 1SE|
Please email to confirm your attendance at any of the above events –
The closing date for feedback on our IVF proposal is Monday 7 September 2015. If you have any feedback in relation to these changes, please email your comments to [email protected] or write to PALS, North East Essex CCG, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR.