Joyce Still Labour Candidate for Yateley West ward, Hart District Council
Joyce is concerned about the influence that Serco has on running Hart District Council and what this means for all residents in Hart, especially you, the residents of Yateley West.
The condition of the footpaths also need attention with uneven surfaces and potholes which are a trip hazard.
Dear YATELEY WEST residents,
I have lived in Yateley West since 1985, now in Wistaria Lane, and sat on Yateley Town Council for many years as a Labour Councillor; I was also a parent of three children at Yateley School, and subsequently the Governor attached to the Special Educational Needs Department.
I was active in my union, Unite, representing members as a Workplace Representative.
I worked in the NHS for 48 years as a Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. Prior to my retirement two years ago, I saw the negative effects of this Government’s costly reorganisation and privatisation of the NHS and how it affected my clients on a day to day basis. I was often asked to provide vouchers for the local food bank, some requests even coming from clients who were in employment.
Will you vote for me?
Joyce’s pledges to you
I pledge to take an active interest in protecting our environment by promoting the Green Agenda within the Council, and I will uphold the Council’s Green targets and pledge to be carbon neutral by 2040.
I will challenge Serco’s local waste management service to bring about better recycling of plastics and food waste in line with other councils.
I will seize opportunities to improve public transport and safer active travel such as cycling and walking routes.
I will be visible and easily accessible to all the electorate of Yateley West, holding regular local surgeries in order to find out the concerns and issues that people have and take those concerns back to Hart District Council.
What local residents tell Joyce
Local NHS service issues
I have heard very good reports about Oakley Health Group here in Yateley and there is no doubt that they have done an admirable job during the pandemic to make sure that we all received our immunisations in a timely manner in order to make us all safe — including the most vulnerable in our community. Health services are vital and, as a retired Health professional and your Yateley West Councillor, I would seek to work with the Oakley Health Group in order to further actively improve the provision of health care in our area for all:
Some people in Yateley West have told me they would like a return to more face to face appointments, that they have had difficulty when trying to contact the practice, and that they have had to wait too long for a telephone consultation with a GP. One person told me she had to wait for over a month, which is unacceptable.
Some residents say they have had to wait a long time to have their telephone call answered and that not everyone is happy to do an e-consultation.
The lack of public toilets in Yateley West is an issue. The only toilets available are in The Tythings and if this is closed then residents and visitors who use the green and the park have no access to toilet facilities!
Some residents are unhappy that the recycling facility was taken away from Waitrose car park especially as we only have our bins emptied on a fortnightly basis. One suggestion was that within reason a replacement refuse bin should be given free of charge.
Roads and paths
Some road signs need replacing – one resident resorted to painting the sign on their road themselves as it looked so shabby. All the cul-de-sacs should have a sign clearly stating the numbers – another resident told me that this would help when receiving deliveries as she always had to try and explain the location of her house, due to the lack of a sign with the numbers on for her cul-de-sac.
The condition of many of the footpaths in the ward are of concern with overgrown bushes at ground level and above. One resident told me that during the height of the pandemic when we were being advised to keep two metres apart for all our safety she was forced to go out into the road in order to let others pass – this is hardly ideal!
More grit bins are needed throughout the ward, especially in Yateley West. It is a great idea when it is icy or has been snowing that residents can help themselves to grit in order to help clear their own paths and hopefully the paths of residents who are less able to do it for themselves.
A resident on the Monteagle Estate says there is a lack of waste bins and ‘poo’ bins for dogs in Yateley West. This is an environmental and safety issue; if we want to encourage less litter and dog owners to dispose of ‘dog poo’ responsibly then we must provide the bins in which to deposit the waste.
Another resident said that she would like greater access for the community to be able to use the swimming pool at Yateley School; not everyone is in a position to pay to go swimming using a private facility.
It’s time for change!
I care about hardship and the many people who, even in Hart, one of the most prosperous areas of the UK, have been forced to use food banks, particularly since the pandemic hit pay packets. It should not fall on charities, without reliable income and resources, to provide for the basic human need for food.
Energy and food prices are rocketing and many people will struggle, while some will be faced with the terrible choice between heating and eating. Your local Labour party raised a petition and obtained hundreds of signatures, which resulted in Hart Council providing £10,000 to Hart Foodbank to help the needy in Hart.
In 2019 Labour made a pledge to build council housing, funded through a £10m annual grant.