Jumping the smoking ban gun
Council leading the march to go smoke-free
ASHFORD is ahead of the game with the new no-smoking rules, with all council buildings set to go smoke-free a month before the nationwide deadline.
From July 1, smoking will be outlawed in all enclosed public buildings and workplaces including pubs, restaurants and shopping centres.
Ashford Borough Council is helping businesses implement the new Smokefree law with minimum disruption and says it is leading by example by banning smoking in council workplaces from May 31.
Chief executive, David Hill, said: “We are also demonstrating our commitment to supporting staff who wish to stop smoking by allowing them to attend NHS smoking cessation sessions at the Stour Centre in work time for the next three months.”
As part of the changes, the smoking room at Ashford Civic Centre will be transformed into an e-learning centre/internet cafe for staff.
A five-metre smoke-free zone will be enforced around council buildings with new ash bins provided.
The smoke free initiative is described as the biggest change of health legislation in the last 50 years.
It will bring England in line with Scotland, The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales, where indoor smoking in public places is already banned.
Information packs are being sent to all Ashford businesses. Those which have not received a pack by the second week of May should contact Environmental Health on 01233 330517, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Smokefree legislation, visit www.smokefreeengland.co.uk or phone 0800 169 1697.
PROVING their care for the community, more than 30 people from Great Chart and Singleton turned out on Saturday for a litter pick, organised by the parish council. Delighted parish clerk Tanya Boorman said more than 50 bags of general rubbish were removed. She said: “We also collected a sun lounger, vacuum cleaner, notice board, car exhaust system and chemical container.”