Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

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14 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 YOUR VIEWS More slots and increased booking capacity for our recycling centres Letters HAMPSHIRE County Council has been working to increase the number of vehicles which can access the household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on a daily basis. We continue to follow government guidance on social distancing to keep residents and staff safe which must be our primary considerat­ion. With Covid-safe measures in place at HWRCs, capacity has inevitably been reduced, and so we have had to change the way people visit the sites to manage demand. The new booking system is achieving what it set out to do, eliminatin­g the lengthy traffic queues which were causing problems for others. I do appreciate this is an extra step people need to take to visit an HWRC and would like to thank Hampshire residents for their patience. I am pleased to able to say that, now we’ve had a couple of weeks to see how the system is working, we are in a position to increase the number of slots each day to 5,000 in total across Hampshire’s network of 24 sites. This will be done by allowing more people to book in during each half-hour slot. I’ve also taken on board feedback that being able book a week ahead would be helpful, so we are increasing advance booking slot availabili­ty to allow people to book up to seven days in advance. I would continue to urge people to think about how to waste less if they can such as by composting food and garden waste, or upcycling or donating unwanted items.” Bookings for HWRCs can be made online at wasteandre­cycling/ recyclingc­entres/bookappoin­tment. Those without access to the online system can call 023 8017 9949. Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registrati­on and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings are limited to one slot per household per week. There is no need to bring confirmati­on of the booking to the site, the site will have informatio­n on confirmed bookings; Site staff will check registrati­on plates upon arrival – people will need to arrive in the vehicle specified in the booking; Anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed entry to the site; As per government guidelines, residents in the specified vulnerable From March 1 to April 23, there were 168 referrals to Barnardo’s Fostering South East service, a figure which shot up from 89 for the same period in 2019. Meanwhile the number of enquiries from people looking to become foster parents for the charity fell from 61 to 42 - a 31% drop. This has created a ‘state of emergency’ as children who may have experience­d abuse and neglect wait for places with loving foster families. Without more potential foster carers coming forward, hundreds of children referred to Barnardo’s will not be placed with a family. We believe that the coronaviru­s pandemic and lockdown has increased pressure on vulnerable families, with job losses, deepening poverty and worsening mental health all leading to family breakdown. Children have also been in lockdown in homes where domestic abuse and sexual abuse are taking place. These pressures will likely impact more families as the crisis continues. At the same time Barnardo’s believes that the change in circumstan­ces experience­d by many because of Covid-19 and uncertaint­y about the future has resulted in a drop in enquiries being made to the charity from people looking to foster. Barnardo’s is calling on people over 21, who have a spare room and the time and commitment to support a child to get in touch and consider fostering a child. Barnardo’s welcomes foster carers from all walks of life, including single people, those from the LGBTQ+ community and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background­s. The charity also wants to make it clear that foster carers will be supported every step of the way by The museum in Cardiff which will replace the one in Mytchett edition, the Museum of Military Medicine is to leave Mytchett. It would be illuminati­ng to see a list of valued institutio­ns that have migrated from this area to other parts of the country. The Army Museum (formerly accommodat­ed within the grounds of RMA Sandhurst) and the Army Staff College and Elmhurst Ballet School (both formerly in Camberley) come immediatel­y to mind. We no longer have a manned police station or a courthouse or a separate Post Office or a working men’s club in Camberley; the museum has been marginalis­ed. It seems that as the population expands the facilities that support it dwindle. What will be the next to go? category (those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people over 70 and pregnant women) are strongly advised not to visit a site; New parking arrangemen­ts are in place with site staff guiding vehicles, from a safe distance, into spaces; As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC; Due to social distancing measures, site staff will be unable to provide any assistance with unloading material or carrying material; Residents are asked to bring only the amount of waste they can comfortabl­y carry and empty into containers; Trailers are not permitted; Everyone must keep at least a twometre distance from others at all times; Most waste materials will be accepted, except for chargeable waste – soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboa­rd; Reuse sales areas will remain closed. Where possible, please continue to store items of furniture which could be reused, donate to local furniture charities, or use online platforms (eg Freegle/ Facebay/Gumtree). ■ ■ Barnardo’s, and will also be eligible for financial support including carers’ allowance. To find out more about fostering with Barnardo’s Fostering South East, go to foster or call 01892 510 650. ■ ■ Javed Khan Barnardo’s chief executive ■ ■ I would continue to urge people to think about how to waste less if they can. Leisure facilities have a critical part to play ■ WHILE the significan­t steps being put in place to reopen our economy and wider society on July 4 should be welcomed, we must question why our sector is not given the same opportunit­y to open safely and responsibl­y, following the same processes laid out by the Government. We know that lockdown has significan­tly impacted the nation’s physical and mental health. Gyms and leisure centres have a critical to play in the health of the nation, both physically and mentally, so with the NHS facing a ticking timebomb of recovering Covid-19 patients, let us help. Taking into account all available Cllr Rob Humby ■ C Pavey ■ via email ‘State of emergency’ over foster care ■ Councillor Rob Humby Deputy Leader Hampshire County Council THE number of children needing foster care has risen by 89% during the coronaviru­s pandemic while the number of people looking to become foster parents plummeted by 31% compared to the same period last year. ■ Sad loss of another valued institutio­n ■ ACCORDING to your June 10 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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