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Lifesaving defibrillators installed at Alfreton House

Leisure Centre gifts equipment to Town Council.

The Town Council was approached at the end of 2016 as potential recipients of a defibrillator from fund raising at Alfreton Leisure Centre.  The equipment, which is there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest, has been installed in the grounds of Alfreton House, and is easily identifiable by the bright yellow box.

Fitting a defibrillator and housing unit costs around £1,500, the installation costs have been met by the Town Council and ongoing maintenance and checks of the unit will be the responsibility of the Town Council.  Shown with the Town Mayor, Councillor John Walker are Michael Conway who a made significant personal contribution to its purchase, due to having first-hand experience of requiring  a defibrillator whilst having a cardiac arrest at Alfreton Leisure Centre and Manager Peter Sharkey.  Hector the Hound is the Leisure Centre’s mascot and he stole the opportunity to grab the attention of children, so they too become aware of what a defibrillator is and how it can be used to save lives.

Town Mayor, Councillor John Walker said ‘The Council welcome the gift from the Leisure Centre and were happy to support their suggestion of installing the defibrillator at the opposite end of Town to them.  This is a vital piece of equipment which, you would hope is never required but when needed has the proven potential of saving lives.    It will benefit the residents and visitors to Alfreton.

In an emergency, people phone 999 and the ambulance service will give them the access code to open the box housing the defibrillator.

An ambulance is then dispatched and the operator provides guidance on what to do. This is all clearly explained on the front of the box.

The staff and members of Alfreton Town Council have a training session in early July on the correct use of the equipment and maintenance checks.

 

Access Denied at Alfreton Station

Alfreton Town Council has reacted angrily to the news that the disability works at the Towns station to make platform two accessible to all users has seemingly been pulled just eighteen months after the scheme was given the green light.The scheme had also been fully surveyed, designed and costed, and presented to the public last autumn. The Town Council are seeking formal confirmation, but understand the scheme has been pulled by the Department for Transport. Cllr Scott Walker, Leader of the Council said ‘the public needs to be aware that it is the Government who have stopped the scheme and the reality of the situation is that it could be more than seven years before the scheme comes around. It is unacceptable that the scheme has been stopped again and that the bad news has been sneaked out when cynically before the last General Election the news of the scheme approval was broadcast from the rooftops’ The Town Council has also had train operating companies contacting them unsure of the situation as they have not been told by the Government department.

The Town Council has vowed to keep up its 20 year fight, and is working with a number of bodies to highlight the plight of disabled passengers and bring about a discrimination claim. Town Mayor Mary Kerry added ‘the situation beggars belief with unprecedented investment in the rail industry, when fares keep rising faster than inflation and HS2 is going to connect with a route that some people can’t even access. The scheme is all designed and it is no defence that the cost of the scheme make it reasonable for the discrimination to take place when the vast budgets of Network Rail are considered’. The Town Council also understands that a taxi service is available for disabled customer’s, but needs to be booked in advance. The Council has asked that the service be advertised, but the train operating companies are not prepared to change the signage at the station advising customers to take a one hour detour. The Town Council encourages rail users to ask about and use this service.

Trent Buses Failed Promise To Residents

Alfreton Town Council has raised concerns for public safety with the news that local bus operator Trent Barton is to press ahead with the introduction of larger buses on the nines route only months after assuring local residents that it would not run larger busses down Alma and Grange Streets in the town. The promise came at a public meeting organised by the Town Council and attended by over 100 residents after much concern that the roads along the new route were extremely narrow and congested and pass three schools, three nurseries and a Surestart centre.

Town Mayor Cllr Mary Kerry said “not only is it regrettable that busses continue to run down narrow residential streets filled daily with young children, but to find out that Trent Barton are reneging on their promise to local residents a little over eighteen months since the public meeting is totally unacceptable “. The Town Council has called upon Trent Barton to rethink its plans and keep its promise and run their larger busses via the High Street to protect local residents and school children.

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Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 9:55am
Building Poppy
Following a survey and facebook post in November, the Town Council decided at their meeting in December to weatherproof the Building Poppy and arrange to have this installed as a permanent feature on Alfreton House.
Thank you to those who took part in the survey and provided feedback.
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Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, December 27th, 2018 at 9:54am
Renewal Financial Regs and H & S documents
At their meeting in December, members reviewed and approved the Financial Regulations and Health and Safety Policies for the Town Council with no further amendments. All policies and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are accurate and appropriate. The policies and Procedures can be found on the website. https://alfretontowncouncil.co.uk/policies-and-procedures/
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Alfreton Town CouncilFriday, December 21st, 2018 at 9:56am
East Midlands Trains
The Town Council have written to a Senior Representative of East Midlands Trains (EMT) to request attendance at a future Council Meeting. This was following an initial invitation from EMT to meet with the Council. The Town Council are keen to discuss the following and await a response from EMT;
Disabled passenger access.
Pushchair and luggage passenger access.
Car park charges and impact on local residents.
Future car park growth.
Short stay parking (charges and over provision).
Sporadic early ticket office closure.
No announcements in the evening.
Premium fares to travel to London via Chesterfield.
Lack of partnership working with Northern Rail.
Poor location of ticket machine (not visible in sun).
Update on new station building.
Longer opening hours with less overlap of shifts.
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, December 20th, 2018 at 9:30am
Merry Christmas
The Town Council Members and Staff would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Office will be closed from noon on Thursday 20th December 2018 and reopen on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
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Alfreton Town Council updated their cover photo.Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 9:15am