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Harry Potter Books Stolen The NHS is changing and the unique nature of the Isle of Wight’s health service could be under threat. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a public campaign to protect the Island’s NHS integrated services by asking the local community to support its application to become an NHS Foundation Trust. - See Page 3

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

KEEP OUR NHS LOCAL! The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only fully integrated provider of NHS hospital, community, mental health and ambulance services in England. With around twenty three thousand hospital admissions, and thirteen hundred births every year, health services at St Mary’s Hospital will affect the lives of most Islanders at some point. There are also over 250,000 patients supported by outpatients, NHS 111, the community and mental health services and 25,000 emergency ambulance journeys undertaken each year. To avoid the potential break up of integrated services happening, and in line with Government requirements, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is applying to become an NHS Foundation Trust in 2014 which will allow Islanders to have more control over how and where the Trust spends its funding, ensuring patients get the best possible treatment. Karen Baker, Chief Executive, Isle of Wight NHS Trust said, “The Isle of Wight is unique. It’s the only NHS Trust which has community, mental health,

ambulance and acute services. There’s nowhere else like it in England. So in essence, we could become four Foundation Trusts in one, but for us on the Island, what’s really important is that we become a single Foundation Trust. The reason for that is that we can look after patients right from their homes with our community services and district matrons, all the way through with our ambulance service which brings them into hospital and then back out again into the community – so it’s important for us to have the control of the whole patient journey so we can ensure we give them really high quality care through integration”. As an NHS Foundation Trust, we will have a membership and a Council of Governors. However, to get Foundation Trust status we have to be strongly supported by the Island’s community and we need to recruit between four and six thousand Islanders as members to achieve this. Karen Baker continued, “What we’re looking for in a Foundation Trust on

ToneZone gym & squash courts close for Easter Westridge ToneZone gym and squash courts will close at 6pm on Easter Monday (1 April) with the last squash court bookable at 4.40pm. Both the gym and squash courts will be open as

normal from Tuesday 2 April. The gym and squash courts will also be open as normal over the rest of Easter weekend including Friday evening (29 March) as there are squash league matches.

An ‘Eggciting’ Fun Morning A chance to explore Cowes RNLI lifeboat station, and win an Easter egg is on offer this Good Friday Between 10.30 and 12.30. Visitors will be able tour the station which was opened by HM Queen last July, inspect the Atlantic 85 lifeboat

‘Sheena Louise, and speak to some of the volunteer crew. With children in mind, there is also a special egg-scavenger hunt in which youngsters will have to solve clues scattered around the station. Those who get the right answers win an egg.

the Island is to keep local services integrated. We already work with mainland services around providing specialist care so, for instance, if you had a heart attack, you would go to Portsmouth for that kind of specialist care and will continue to do that. But this is about saying your district general hospital services need to be provided in an integrated way. That’s what’s really important”. Membership is FREE and anyone over the age of 11 is welcome to join. The amount of involvement you have is your choice. You may wish to register as a member and receive information from time to

time, or you may wish to become truly involved by participating in the election of representatives to the Council of Governors – and stand in these elections if you wish. The Council of Governors has real power to influence the future direction of the Trust. Karen Baker continued, “The main difference in becoming a Foundation Trust is that we will be more accountable to our staff and members of the public. We are required to have at least 4,000 members and so it’s really important for local people to get involved. We want them to influence the kinds of services we provide here

on the Island in terms of NHS, and once they become a member, they can influence what services we provide, how we provide them, the quality of care we give – so it’s really important for local people to become members of the Trust”. With a population of around a hundred and forty thousand people, the Isle of Wight does have unique health issues which have to be addressed, and we believe that becoming a Foundation Trust will help shape services to address those problems in the future. Make a difference, join today! Visit iow.nhs.uk/ft, call 01983 822099 x5703


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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

'VAT cut for tourism operators' The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) has called on the Government to cut VAT on the supply of rural tourism services from 20 percent to seven percent in a key report launched in English Tourism Week. The Association has published Wish You Were Here? CLA policy on rural tourism, which accuses the Government of allowing investment in the UK’s sixth largest industry to slide – and of driving it almost to the bottom of the world league on tourism taxes. The UK ranks sixth in the world as a destination but 135th out of 139 on taxes applied to tourism. The Isle of Wight with its 60 miles of stunning unspoilt scenery is steeped in history with a wealth of attractions, from historic sites to natural delights, music festivals and major national events, a unique holiday destination. The Island attracts approximately 2.46

million visitors per year equating to over £400,000,000 total visitor expenditure. CLA Isle of Wight regional director Belinda Walters said: “Our policy paper calls on the Government to explain how taxing visitors to the hilt and letting them down on broadband connectivity helps us compete with overseas destinations, particularly Europe. As a country, we fail to deliver any coherent approach to enhancing people’s visit. For all visitors, we need to deliver a real knock -out blow which will make them want to come back again and again.” The current rate of VAT was, she said: “prohibitively high” often making a holiday in England overly expensive for prospective visitors from abroad and for home-based tourists. The CLA is also calling for any plans for a future “bed tax” – a charge levied on a per person per night basis

– to be ditched describing it as a short term financial fix which would do long term damage to the Industry. Mrs Walters said that the tourist industry presented a wealth of opportunity in terms of economic activity and employment but there had been a significant failure at national level to provide strategic leadership with government spending on tourism falling by 25 per cent in the ten years from 2001 – 2011. “We want to see effective coordination between Destination Management Organisations, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the tourism sector. To tap into the real opportunities tourism offers there needs to be cohesion rather than fragmentation, medium to long-term strategy rather than the quick fix and a modern outlook rather than continually looking to the past.”

Harry Potter books taken in charity shop burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a charity bookstore in Newport. The incident occurred sometime between 5.00pm to 10.30pm on Sunday, March 17 when the thief has smashed a window at the Feather Friends Charity Shop on Pyle Street in Newport. Three, first edition Harry Potter books worth between £154 and £250 each and a signed James Herbert book (valued at £36) were taken from the window display.

Two of the J K Rowling books were titled ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. The third was ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. The James Herbert booked was titled ‘Portent’. Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of the books can contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


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£20,000 stolen from holiday park cash machines

Teenager indecently assaulted on her way to Bus Station Isle of Wight Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was indecently assaulted on her way to Newport Bus Station at around 7pm on Monday, March 18. The 17-year-old girl was

walking along the High Street near Castlehold Lane when she was grabbed from behind by a man. She managed to break free, but was left shaken by the incident. Anyone with information

can contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Police detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary where in excess of £20,000 was stolen from a cash point machine at a holiday park. Police were alerted to the scene by security at Nodes Point Holiday Park, Ryde at 2.30am on Tuesday, March 19 and later arrested a 29year old man on suspicion of burglary. Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank members of WightSAR Search and Rescue team for their help in assisting specially trained police officers who recovered a significant amount of money after conducting a search of the

surrounding area. Officers are continuing with a number of enquiries and are appealing to the public for anyone with information relating to this incident to contact Newport District CID. A 29-year-old man from Basingstoke was charged with burglary and is bailed until Tuesday, May 14, 2013 when he will appear at Isle of Wight Magistrate Courts for a preliminary hearing. Anyone with information can contact Isle of Wight police by phoning 101. Information can also be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Minister to hold further talks on ferry issues The Secretary of State for Transport is to hold further talks with cross-Solent ferry companies following an initial round-table discussion in Cowes. The meeting between Transport Secretary Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin and senior representatives from Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel was organised by the Isle of Wight Council. It was the first time all operators had collectively met a senior government minister for a meeting of this type. The purpose of the discussion was for the ferry operators to explain to government what barriers they faced in investing to secure affordable and accessible services and infrastructure. After the meeting, Isle of Wight Council leader David Pugh said: “The way to maintain and enhance cross-Solent services will be through positive dialogue. This initial meeting was an important part in the process and I know the ferry companies are delighted that they have been offered a further meeting in Westminster to discuss the issues they face. “The council was pleased to arrange this initial meeting which we hope can help bring positive benefits to the Island. I think this meeting underlined the council’s determination to encourage economic growth and assisting Westminster in understanding the uniqueness and special characteristics of the Island is an important part of this.

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“I would like to thank the ferry companies for their open and honest input into the meeting and also to the Secretary of State for setting out a positive way forward.” During the meeting, the Secretary of State confirmed there was no likelihood of direct Government subsidies for the Island’s ferry services and welcomed the collective approach operators had taken to growing the ferry market by investment through activity such as tourism promotion. Present at the meeting with the Secretary of State were Isle of Wight Council chief executive, Steve Beynon, Isle of Wight Council deputy director of economy and environment, John Metcalfe, Isle of

Wight Council leader, Councillor David Pugh, Councillor Edward Giles, IW Council cabinet member responsible for transport, Russell Kew, Wightlink chief executive, Murray Carter, commercial operations director, Red Funnel, and Henry Game, chief executive, Hovertravel.

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Police re-appeal for witnesses after boy hit by bus Isle of Wight police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses after a boy was hit by a bus in Newport on the 15th March. The 12-year-old was taken to St Mary’s Hospital suffering from serious leg

injuries following the collision with a single decker bus, which happened at the junction of Trafalgar Road and Nelson Road shortly after 9am. Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to

contact PC Simon Richardson at Shanklin Police Station by calling 101. Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Staff Survey Shows Substantial Improvements A national survey of NHS staff has shown considerable improvements across a substantial range of areas on the Isle of Wight. Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing and Workforce, at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “We employ around 3,000 full and part-time staff in a very wide range of roles – from those who provide front line care to those who provide essential support services. We recognise the contribution staff bring to patients, relatives and visitors at very difficult times in their lives. Care and treatment is as much

about the way it is delivered which is why we are concentrating on staff delivering the highest standards of compassionate care. We are committed to supporting them to do this. “We need to ensure that all our staff are engaged with our vision of quality care for everyone, every time and feel that they can contribute to service development. The results of the 2012 staff survey indicate that we are on the right track with the improvements we are making to services for patients and staff and the way that we are approaching the changes.

We do however need to do even better. “The Trust Board at its meeting in public on 27th February received a presentation from Dr Reg Race from Quality Health. We will be analysing the results closely and incorporating the action we need to take into our business plans for 2013/14 and beyond. This will include repeating our major staff engagement exercise, the BIG Discussion, which we undertook between July and September 2012.” The survey was conducted in September and October 2012 by Quality Health.

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BESTIVAL TEAMS UP WITH RHYTHMTREE Cruising the high seas, HMS Bestival has already enlisted an enviable band of salty seadogs to come aboard, from legendary headliners Elton John and Snoop Dogg plus a wealth of musical wonders including MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, Flaming Lips, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and many more, right down to the hottest & most exciting new bands around like The Strypes, Tom Odell, Jagwar Ma as well as current UK Album Charttoppers Bastille. But, as ever, they want to give you more! Voyaging deeper into the heart of the global music scene, they’re delighted to have teamed up with the Rhythmtree Festival, a fine bunch of fellow Isle of Wight party dudes, to salute all the amazing music that’s out there, bringing their own special bit of World Music Day to the Bestival Bandstand on Saturday 7th September. Rob da bank said “There’s a lot of amazing music in this world and we only really ever hear a tiny amount of it, so I’m really pleased that the chaps from Rhythmtree have put together such a great lineup for our World Music Day. Taking over our solar powered Bandstand in the

Tomorrow’s World field all day on Saturday, you’ll be able to sample the delights our planet has to offer, from Malaysian mayhem to Ghanaian soul. And don’t forget to have a bit of tea and cake from the Women’s Institute while you’re there!” Rhythmtree Festival organiser, Gerry Priddle said ”Curating the Bandstand stage in 2013 is a tremendous opportunity for me to put typical ‘Rhythmtree bands’ in front of the glorious Bestival crowd. Bands that so often stay below the radar in the general UK music scene but in fact represent what many are now calling the exciting New Wave of World Music. An extraordinarily rich mix of world influenced sounds, which, of course, the Rhythmtree Festival has a great reputation for bringing to the Island every year in July.” Taking in the four corners of the Earth, the gamut of musical colours and rhythms will be on show, from Afrobeat to The Andes and far beyond. Highlights of their celebration of World Music Day include the stylistic melting-pot of AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, London Afrobeat

Collective’s incendiary party machine, Zee Guveya Heritage Band’s Zimbabwean fusion, Lokandes’ Andean madness, erstwhile Tackhead man Little Axe’s sublime blues, Airtist’s organic beats, Modeste Hugues’ Malagasy guitar and By The River’s rootsreggae. Plus there will be music from MuHa, Tanz, Myles Sanko, Martin Newnham, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Cable Street Collective, MamaconYuko, Electric Jalaba, Rabbit Foot and OVSC. “The point of DEFRA’s consultation is to give those who support the early introduction of MCZ’s and other sea users such as commercial fishermen and anglers the opportunity to comment on the current proposals and provide additional evidence on the proposed zones before they are finalised. I am very pleased that the Minister has agreed to come to the Island to meet Islanders who would be directly affected by the proposals. He has also agreed to attend a public meeting and answer questions and I would encourage all interested parties to attend this to make their views known as part of the consultation process.”


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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Survey reveals how children feel about life on the Island The largest ever study of young people on the Isle of Wight has found that nine out of ten children were happy with their lives. The statistic is of one of the headline figures from a survey of 5,000 Island children aged between eight and 15 carried out by The Children’s Society supported by the Isle of Wight Council last year. The survey covered a wide range of aspects of children’s lives and provides an important insight into the wellbeing and quality of life of Island children. The results are currently being studied but will be used by schools, the council, and other agencies both to build on the positives and to address areas of concern. The finding that nine out of ten young people were happy with life here was very much in keeping with the national findings of other Children’s Society surveys. In two aspects of life, Island children were happier than the national average. First, there were indications that they were happier with their family relationships, which is encouraging because this

aspect of life is one of the most important determinants of overall wellbeing. Second, children on the Island seemed to be more satisfied than average with their local area, and in particular with the facilities available to them. There were however, some aspects of life with which children and young people were less happy, in particular issues relating to their school and their physical appearance. In terms of school the findings were very much in line with young people nationally except that pupils in secondary schools reported feeling less safe than children elsewhere. Similarly on the issue of how good young people felt about their appearance, scores were generally very similar to findings elsewhere with the exception of teenage girls who scored significantly lower. The findings of the survey, in particular the issues raised are being discussed with schools and the multi agency Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. They will be considering the actions

Annual Bustival rally has been cancelled Bus operator Southern Vectis has been forced to cancel the 4th Annual Bustival bus rally that was due to be held on the 7th April. Matt Kitchin, General Manager of Southern Vectis, said that the decision to cancel follows warnings that the field where the event is usually held, in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet, is currently waterlogged.

“We would rather play safe and cancel rather than see many fine examples of vintage vehicles stranded in mud,” said Matt. “Bus enthusiasts will still find plenty of reasons to visit the island as we are now operating the scenic Needles Bus tour and for great views of the southern coast – the Downs Breezer service.” For more information visit www.islandbuses.info/bust ival_page.shtml

needed to build on the positive findings and tackle the issues raised. These actions will be form part of the Children and Young People’s Plan which will be published towards the summer. Councillor Dawn Cousins, cabinet member for children’s services and education, said: “I am delighted that so many children and young people feel happy with their lives here and am thankful to everyone who took the time to take part in the survey. The results are

invaluable to us as it is only when we can understand the problems and challenges that our children face that we can start to address them. We are now able to focus our resources in the areas that will make the biggest difference to our children and young people’s wellbeing.” Jim Davis, good childhood adviser at The Children’s Society, said: “We’ve been conducting research into children’s wellbeing for many years, but the work on the Isle of Wight has

been our first opportunity to produce a detailed picture of children’s experiences across an entire local authority. “The response from schools has been fantastic, with so many children taking part and giving us their views and ideas. There is much to celebrate about children’s lives on the Island, and we now have a good idea of what could be improved. We hope that parents, professionals, and children themselves will play their part in making that happen.”


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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Eco industry regatta launches on the Isle of Wight The Island Events Company, specialising in activities, sailing, conference and team building packages has just launched a new regatta aimed at the eco industry. The one day ECO INDUSTRY REGATTA, taking place on 20th June 2013, will bring together companies working within the eco world for a day’s fun but competitive racing followed by an evening event at a Cowes yacht club. The regatta will also be raising money for charity with the event’s overall winner choosing which eco charity they would like to receive the funds. The Island Events Company are delighted to be working in partnership with Ecoisland on the regatta. Ecoisland is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to make the Isle of

Wight the first sustainable region in England. David Green, CEO of the Ecoisland Partnership said ‘Ecoisland is delighted to support the Eco Industry Regatta. A yacht on an ocean passage is a perfect example of an ecosystem as there is a need to manage your energy, food, water, fuel and waste. We hope that the event will raise the profile of sustainability as a principle.’ Mary Scott-Jackson, a director of The Island Events Company said, “Cowes is the centre for world class sailing and an ideal venue for the inaugural Eco Industry Regatta. The regatta will be the first to offer sustainability industry companies and professionals the opportunity to network whist taking part in competitive yacht racing.”

Customer shopping event with special guest appearances Radley, the UK’s leading premium accessories brand, is delighted to announce an exclusive in-store shopping event with guest appearances from its much loved Radley Scottie Dogs at Zabre Ryde and Newport stores on Saturday 30th March between the hours of 12 – 4pm. Lucky shoppers will not only have the opportunity to meet the adorable dogs but also win a handbag from the Spring /

Summer 13 collection. Shoppers are also invited to indulge in delicious macaroons and a glass or two of bubbly while they shop.

Team announced for World Island Youth Games Fifteen young Isle of Wight sports stars have been selected to represent the Island in this year’s World Island Youth Games, in Corsica. The Isle of Wight will be represented in four sports this year competing against 12 islands from all over the world, including Sardinia, Jersey, Sicily, Malta and Martinique. All the team members are aged between 12 – 16, with six members taking part in the competition for the first time. Competing in her second games, despite being just 13 years old, is swimmer Sid McLaren. She said; “I am really looking forward to the lively atmosphere that I experienced last year. I have trained very hard this year and hope to make a splash in the pool”. Meanwhile, Milo Gayle is taking part in his first World Island Youth Games at the age of 16. He will be competing in athletics and said; “I am excited to be chosen to be in the World Island Youth Games. This is my first international event and I am really looking forward to representing the Island. My hope is to bring home a medal.” Lee Matthews from the Isle of Wight Council will be managing the team during the competition and says the main focus is to give the young sports men and women international experience. “The World Island Youth Games have become a great platform for

young people to compete against some of the very best in Europe” says Lee. “Over the past 10 years the Isle of Wight has produced a number of participants who have used this experience to develop their sporting progress. A number have gone onto represent the country at international level and many have gone onto senior success at the NatWest Island Games. “The games have launched the careers of one or two famous sports competitors, such as Rafael Nadal who competed for Majorca in the 1997 Games. Our athletes will go out and give it their all and we wish them every success in bringing a medal or two back to the Isle of Wight”. The competition lasts three days and begins on 22 May. The games are funded by the host island, external grants and local sponsorship. The full team is as follows: Sailing – Dan Atherton, William Heritage, Margaux Welch Swimming – Charlotte James, Victoria Watts, Eleanor King, Sid McLaren, Athletics – Milo Gayle, Sam Hutchinson, Harrison Smith, Tennis – Michael Foulkes, Mikar Fisher, Regan Matthews, Sian Perry, Millie Coombes Last time out in 2012, Team Isle of Wight matched their best ever medal haul, bringing home nine medals in total including three golds.


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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Carers pleased with council support A NATIONAL survey of carers on the Island has found a high level of satisfaction with the support given by the Isle of Wight Council. More than 80 per cent of 454 carers who responded to the survey said they were either extremely, very or quite satisfied with the support or services they and the person they cared for had received in the last year from the council’s social services. The Island was above the national average in terms of the quality of life reported by the carer, the overall satisfaction they had with the support received, the proportion of carers included or consulted in discussions about the person they care for and the proportion people who found it easy to find information about services. The national user experience survey of carers is an exercise carried out for the Department of Health and will be repeated every two years. It is aimed at carers aged over 18 who are caring for someone aged 18 or over. Carers’

thoughts, opinions and feelings were sought on a number of topics around helping them achieve a balanced life alongside their caring role. The initial results are based on the returns of 24 local authorities. A total of 1064 surveys were sent to carers known to Isle of Wight social services, 454 were returned completed – a response rate of 43 per cent. Councillor Stuart Hutchinson, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for adult social care, welcomed the findings. “The contribution the Island’s army of carers make to the individuals they care for and to society as a whole should never be underestimated. Their role is a vital one and it is absolutely right that they should get the proper support from the local council. “I am pleased the results place us well in terms of comparison with other authorities. However it is our duty to further improve the support we offer and will strive to do that.”

Key member of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Needed Do you love cycling and are passionate about your bike? Would you like to be part of one of the UK’s largest cycling festivals and ride on one of the world’s best places for cycling? If so, would you like to be a key member of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival and join up to be a volunteer ride leader? The two week festival, which takes place between 14 – 29 September and is organised by the Isle of Wight Council, is asking that anyone who wants to be a ride leader get in touch by 5pm on Friday 12 April. Amongst the highlights of this year’s festival include the famous Hills Killer Challenge, the Wightlink Wight Challenge, West Wight Triathlon, Cycle the Wight and the Chevy Chase

Enduro. For those seeking something a little more gentle, there will be other rides to cater for a tastes, with one example being a story telling ride. In addition to the rides, a number of cycle maintenance sessions are run during the festival. These are a great way to learn how to look after your bike and tackle basic maintenance tasks. They are taking place in Newport, Ryde and Sandown and will be confirmed in the festival programme. To register your interest in being a cycle leader, email info@sunseaandcycling.co m by 5pm on Friday 12 April. Alternatively, you can call (01983) 823070. Many of the rides are free of charge although some

charge an entry fee or request a donation to charity. Each ride is graded for pace and difficulty to help people choose which rides are best for them. Full details can be found at www.sunseaandcycling.com or in the festival guide when it is issued later in June.

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Residents reminded of important election deadlines The Isle of Wight Council is reminding residents of important deadlines ahead of the local elections on 2 May 2013. In order to vote at both the Isle of Wight Council and town and parish council elections, residents must be on the list of registered electors by Wednesday 17 April. People who have recently moved house or don’t think they are on the register should contact the Isle of

Wight Council as soon as possible. The last date to apply for a postal vote or to amend a proxy vote for these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Forms are available online or by calling the council. The last date to apply for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. For those people wishing to stand as a candidate, completed nomination papers and consent to

nomination in full forms must be received by the returning officer at the Isle of Wight Council by noon on 5 April 2013. A range of information – including forms – for both electors and candidates about the 2 May elections can be found here. To speak to someone about registrations, postal or proxy votes please telephone the Isle of Wight Council on (01983) 821000.

HMRC keeps up the pressure on tax cheats Tax cheats who become insolvent to dodge their companies’ tax obligations face up to five years’ scrutiny from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Under Managing Serious Defaulters (MSD), HMRC will closely monitor the tax affairs of more individuals and businesses who have deliberately evaded tax for up to five years. From 1 April, HMRC is extending the close monitoring of the tax affairs of those who

deliberately choose not to pay what they owe. MSD will ensure that they comply with their tax obligations and permanently change their behaviour. MSD replaces and expands the Managing Deliberate Defaulters (MDD) scheme, which was launched in 2011 and aims to keep tax cheats on the straight and narrow through close monitoring. Early indications suggest that those monitored are

changing their behaviour. This has led them to disclose concealed income and amend previous tax returns. David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Evaders are using contrived insolvency to evade tax, either through liquidation of a business or bankruptcy of an individual. It is only fair that someone who has deliberately tried to evade tax should face scrutiny. ADVERTISE IN THE NEXT ISSUE FROM JUST £5

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National support for Island heritage plan A new way of working under which the council and various groups will join forces to protect, preserve and display the Island’s heritage has now been agreed. A new framework report was the subject of a delegated decision taken on Tuesday 19 March by Councillor Dave Stewart, cabinet member with responsibility for heritage. Provision in the framework to protect the Island’s public records has received the backing of The National Archives in London. The report recommends that the Island’s heritage organisations work together towards agreed shared goals, to create an Isle of Wight Heritage Strategy. As a result the council, by working closely with voluntary organisations on the Island, will develop an innovative heritage offer for residents and visitors. The agreed strategic framework also aims to make the Island’s heritage collections more accessible, so that more people can see, understand, enjoy and learn from more

exhibits. A key element of . this being the use of the Guildhall at Newport as a focal point for the Island’s public records and wider heritage approach. In a letter sent to the authority following a meeting between the council and The National Archives last week, The National Archives highlighted the council’s plans to preserve the Island’s historical records and artefacts. The letter said: “We welcome the council’s commitment to retaining the public records on the Island… your presentation of the current position reassured us that there is a determination to progress towards a solution for the Island’s unique written heritage. “The Guildhall site under consideration offers some significant advantages in terms of raising the profile and increasing audiences, as well as having the potential to provide appropriate facilities for the preservation of the Island’s records. Although there are challenges with a restricted site and a partially-listed building

we felt that your team have identified these and will aim for appropriately managed responses.” In achieving this endorsement Councillor Stewart, said: “This positive response from The National Archives marks another milestone in an ongoing drive and commitment to deliver on the Island Heritage Strategy which I have now formally agreed through delegated decision. We will continue to consult and work with external partners to make

sure that the strategy meets the needs of local groups and best protects the Island’s historic environments, objects and documents for the benefit of future generations.” The key principles that underpin the new framework include finding practical ways in which partners can work together and the Island’s heritage can be interpreted more widely, to allow more people to enjoy more exhibits, stories and

experiences. It will also involve partners continuing to work closely to explore opportunities for funding bids, income generation and cost reductions through joint working. The new approach would seek to secure the best use of everyone’s combined resources to promote the heritage sector and develop new ideas and projects to celebrate the Island’s history still further.

Cowes Lifeboat Benefits from Dinner An evening of dinner and jazz for 100 guests at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club raised £722 for Cowes lifeboat station. It was the fifth such event organised by local jazz enthusiast William Sanderson, and the second in aid of the local lifeboat station. Joining the Isle of Wight’s own Leon Simmonds Trio, were three top jazz instrumentalists from London: alto sax and clarinetist Alan Barnes, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso and trombonist Adrian Fry. Helping to swell the

donation to the RNLI were sponsorship money and the profit from a raffle. Lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell said, “This popular initiative by Willie is much appreciated by all those involved in the station. He, and his wife Margo, who is

a volunteer in the local RNLI shop, are proving to be really good friends of our life-saving charity. “We would clearly welcome other such personal initiatives to complement the RNLI’s own official fund-raising events.” William Sanderson (right) presents the cheque at the lifeboat station to crew member Chris Cockroft.


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Secretary of state focuses on Island transport issues Two of the Island's most pressing transport issues were the focus of a visit by Transport Secretary the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin. The minister opened the new headquarters, of Island Roads, the company that will undertake the Highways PFI programme to upgrade and maintain the Island’s notoriously pot-holed highways network. The Secretary of State met senior representatives from the IW Council, Wightlink, Red Funnel, Hovertravel and to discuss the importance of the ferry services to the Island’s economy and to highlight challenges faced by operators. It is the first time a senior government figure has been involved in a round table discussion on crossSolent travel of this nature. Speaking after his visit, the Secretary of State for Transport said, “Well maintained roads are vital for local communities and businesses to thrive, and the government is providing the Isle of Wight Council with £487.3 million to fund road improvements and maintenance. “This is a big opportunity for the Island to harness private sector expertise and investment and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to learn more

about the council’s plans to secure long term benefits from this project. “The ferry links serving the Isle of Wight are also crucial to the Island’s future prosperity and I have had a useful discussion with ferry companies today about the issues facing operators.” Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor David Pugh, said: “Two of the perennial issues that most affect Islanders and the Island’s economy are the poor state of our roads and concerns over our vital cross-Solent links. “In the PFI we have found a sustainable, long term and

highly effective solution to the problem of our substandard road network and now we have also accelerated the process of working constructively with the ferry companies and with central government to see what can be done to look at the difficulties faced by ferry operators. “Putting in place the Highways PFI has been a long and complex process but now we are about to see unparalleled investment that will bring our network up to an unprecedented standard in a particularly cost-effective way.

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“Whilst there are no immediate solutions coming out of today’s meeting for cross-Solent services, there is certainly scope for exploring how they can be put on a more sustainable footing, not least through securing investment to make the Island a more attractive place to visit and work – thereby increasing ferry usage. “We have given the Secretary of State a clear understanding of the scale of these challenges and the need for Government cooperation in helping us to address them.” Paul Herbert, Island Roads service director, said: “As

the PFI project is the result of massive government investment in the Island it was fitting that the Secretary of State has opened our new HQ. “During his visit we were particularly keen to show him that though the Highways PFI is primarily a project to greatly improve the transport infrastructure, it will also bring a massive local boost to the local economy. Local commerce is at the very heart of the project and we were delighted to be able to introduce the Secretary of State to some of the companies that are working closely with us.”


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Cycling Festival raises over £40,000 for charity Cyclists who took part in last year’s Isle of Wight Cycling Festival raised a total of £40,804 for charitable causes. Two of the cycling festival’s biggest events raised around £20,000 each for their chosen charities, while other rides during the two-week festival last September raised smaller amounts totalling £804 for a range of good causes including Myeloma UK, Sq2Sq Appeal, The Woodland Trust, Heartbeat House, Pop N Grow, Gift to Nature, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The Wightlink Wight Challenge, a triathlon consisting of a 19-mile mountain bike ride, twomile open canoe and eightmile running challenge raised just over £20,000 for Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer and The Rainbow Centre. Joanna Minchin, organiser of the Wightlink Wight Challenge, said: “A massive thanks to all the competitors, sponsors and helpers for their enthusiastic support of the Wightlink Wight Challenge. The three charities really appreciate the boost given by the event; 2013 is our tenth year and we are delighted to be part of the Isle of Wight Council’s Cycling Festival again.” Cycle the Wight, a 70mile endurance ride around the Isle of Wight raised

Just over £20,000 thanks to the 491 cyclists who took part in the gruelling ride. Neil Jarrett, fundraising manager for the British Heart Foundation, said: “Thank you to everyone who was involved in Cycle the Wight 2012. The British Heart Foundation allocates funds to local communities to provide equipment, fund nurses and benefit heart support groups, alongside pioneering research that benefits us all. The money raised at this event contributed greatly to the fight against heart disease. We are looking forward to running the 2013 event and hope to build on what is always a very successful day.” Councillor David Pugh, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: “The cycling festival is a very popular event attracting thousands of cyclists to the Island to enjoy our varied cycling terrain and stunning scenery each year. I am delighted that it is playing a part in supporting local and national charities and would like to thank everyone who has contributed.” The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, which began in 1996 and was re-launched by the Isle of Wight Council in 2003 as part of its support for the tourism industry, will take place from 14 to 29 September this year. For full details please visit sunseaandcycling.com.

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MP named as ‘Hero of Free Speech’ Andrew Turner was last week praised on ConservativeHome, an influential website for grassroots Conservative members after voting against the Leveson proposals along with 13 other MPs. Paul Goodman, the executive editor of Conservative Home and leader writer for the Telegraph lauded Mr Turner as being among ‘this tiny band of heroes of free speech’. The Island’s MP had voted against the plans for ‘exemplary damages’ to be awarded against newspaper and internet publishers who refuse to sign up to be regulated by a body overseen by a Royal Charter. Since the proposals were passed by the House of Commons last week there has been a backlash from many media organisations, bloggers and internet publishers. Mr Turner said : “This Royal Charter underpinned by legislation was dreamt up by representatives from the three main parties in the early hours of the morning – MPs didn’t even see it before the debate started! Whilst I agree that crossparty consensus was desirable, this compromise cobbled together over pizza and chocolate was simply

the lowest common denominator. We have had a free press since 1694 – this ancient principle deserves better. “Since the proposals were published there has been utter confusion. It has been declared that Hello! Magazine will be affected, but the Angling Times will not. I don’t read those magazines – but I do believe that if either breaks the law they must face the same penalties. The Royal Charter would also cover local on-line news sites such as ‘On The Wight’. There are well-meaning attempts in the House of Lords to exempt small, online publishers from the legislation – but again that seems unenforceable. Why should some people be free to publish what others cannot? These inconsistencies would undoubtedly be challenged in the courts – and probably successfully. In any event legislation to control the internet is notoriously difficult to enforce. Large publishers based outside the UK will continue to publish whatever they want, untroubled by any attempt by politicians to silence them. “I am particularly concerned about the effects

this would have on local and regional press. Some journalists from national papers are rightly in prison for breaking the law – others will join them. But the County Press hasn’t paid policemen for information, tapped phones or harassed vulnerable people – why should they have to help fund a system to deal with the papers that do. And this is when all local newspapers are already facing difficult times. “There certainly needs to be a major overhaul of press regulation – but this is not the right answer. Ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations like the McCanns, the Dowlers and Chris Jeffreys need proper protection, but this Royal Charter and legislation opens a Pandora’s Box of problems. Parliament needs to think again. “A free press is worth standing up for – it must be there to hold politicians to account, not cowed by a body Parliament has created. That is why I voted against the Royal Charter and almost all major publishers are refusing to sign up to the proposals – I hope they stand firm.”


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Byelaws Regulating Cowes Harbour to Change New rules for managing Cowes Harbour will be introduced on 2 April 2013 after being ratified by Cowes Harbour Commission. These powers of ‘General Directions’ are a key part of a modernising agenda which aims to ensure that Cowes Harbour can continue to thrive and develop as a world class centre for yachting. Cowes Harbour Master, Capt. Stuart McIntosh, said: “The new General Directions are a significant change to the regulations that govern the harbour. Many of our existing harbour byelaws are no longer ‘fit for purpose’ and some still relate to a bygone era including such matters as regulating the landing of gunpowder on the quayside and the boiling of tar and pitch on vessels! They are simply not relevant to the safe and

efficient management of a modern harbour. “These new powers to issue General Directions have been brought forward after extensive consultation with our stakeholders and I am delighted that we can now look to the future supported by 21st century regulations which are fit for purpose.” The right to issue General Directions follows the introduction of the Cowes Harbour Revision Order 2012, an important statute modernising and improving the authority vested in Cowes Harbour Commission to run an efficient and safe harbour. The General Directions for Cowes Harbour are designed to promote “conditions conducive to the ease, convenience or safety of navigation, the safety of persons and the protection of property, flora and fauna of the

harbour”. All will come into effect on 2 April, apart from the proposed rules for the Chain Ferry and a speed reduction in the River Medina. Consultation remains ongoing with respect to the new rules governing the operation of the Chain Ferry. The proposed change to reduce the speed limit south of Kingston Power Station to 4 knots will not be introduced as a result of feedback from local businesses and river users. The new General Directions also define the port limits in more precise terms and make minor adjustments to ensure that Cowes Harbour limits are coterminous with ABP Southampton’s limits. Full details on the new General Directions can be found on the Cowes Harbour Commission website.

Bus Routes Become Cycle Training Routes For Charity Ride Southern Vectis bus drivers Richard Day and Adam Webb are to use bus routes on the Isle of Wight to build stamina as entrants in the Island’s 100k Randonnee charity cycling event organised by the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club on Sunday 5 May. Richard, 25 who cycles from his home in Cowes to Newport to work, and Adam, 27, who commutes by bike from Ventnor, became keen cyclists just a year ago in a bid to keep fit. They hope that through sponsorship from friends, colleagues and some of their regular passengers that they can raise funds for the Lottie Rann Trust, which aims to help the schoolgirl, who has been paralysed from the neck down by two attacks of Meningitis, to help adapt .

the family home, so she can return to the Island after being away since April 2012 “We are determined to go the distance to raise as much as possible for Lottie,” said Adam. “Southern Vectis has agreed to make a major

contribution to support our bid to raise over £1000.” Donations and sponsorship can be made using forms at the Newport and Ryde information points and at the Blenheim in Ventnor, alternatively visit www.fundrazr.com and search for Randonnee.

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Surgeon Commander Mike Terry deployed to Afghanistan Mike Terry, a Royal Navy general surgeon who operates at St Mary’s Hospital deployed to Afghanistan this month to deliver life saving surgical treatment to military personnel. Mike joined the Royal Navy in 2000 after 18 years in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves and has previously worked in the NHS in Portsmouth, Plymouth, Oxford, Edinburgh, Margate and Lancaster. He's got plenty of operational experience, having previously deployed 3 times to Iraq, taken part in medical support to Counter Piracy Operations, and served on the aircraft carriers Ark Royal, Illustrious and Invincible. On the Island the Royal Navy doctor practices as one of five General Surgeons at St Mary’s and one of three Colorectal Surgeons. He also undertakes colonoscopy and gastroscopy, as well as covering all surgical emergencies on the Island. Married to Leonie, his family are settled with two children at school locally. His mother-in-law has even followed the Navy family to the island! Surgeon Commander Terry is currently renovating an old cottage, but last year was frustrated by the weather which is slowing progress on his gardening! Surgeon Commander Terry said: ‘The IW NHS Trust and especially my

surgical colleagues at St Marys have supported my commitment to the defence of our country.’ He added: ‘My family and I consider ourselves privileged to be living on the Island. We have developed close friends, the children are settled in their school and the climate and lifestyle are the best in the country.’ The Navy surgeon is one of 250 military personnel including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Portsmouth from all three Services; they work alongside their civilian colleagues at hospitals across the South, treating civilian and military patients honing their skills to make them ready to deploy on operations around the world. Katherine Hartington said: “Surgeon Commander Terry’s military experience and training allied with his continued professional development at St Mary’s will serve him well during deployment and we look forward to his safe return”


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MP calls Debate against Closure of Tax Office The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, called a debate in Westminster to ask the Minister for HM Treasury, David Gauke MP, to intervene to overturn plans by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to close the Isle of Wight tax office next year. Like other Government departments, HMRC needs to make savings in their running costs. One of the major ways they plan to do this is by closing all 281 of their enquiry centres across the country, including the office based at Broadlands House in Newport. Mr Turner said: “I felt I had to raise this issue with the Minister before the end of the consultation period, as the implications for the Island are serious. If HMRC have their way Islanders are quite likely to have no easy way to obtain face-to-face help with queries on their tax affairs. “Not only that but nine Tax Advisors, with a combined 186 years experience, would lose their jobs or be paid to move away, to be replaced by a ‘mobile team’ based who knows where. It is planned they would see Island residents to discuss tax issues at

local community centres, libraries or, in exceptional circumstances, in their homes. Local staff were told categorically that the mobile team would be based on the mainland and would not form part of those plans. There seems to have been no real attempt to understand the costs or the logistics of delivering services on an Island. “As I said in my speech, it is like something out of ‘Yes Minister’ – I can picture Sir Humphrey’s self-satisfied smile now.” HMRC also plan to invest in new telephony and staff training to provide a topclass contact centre where people can phone either a freephone or cheap rate number to get advice. HMRC say they plan to replace the current scheme with a system more tailored to people’s needs. After Mr Turner’s contribution, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Exchequer Secretary, Katherine McKinnell MP, commended Mr Turner for securing “an extremely timely and important debate”, going on to say: “His record of assiduously standing up for his constituents and their

interests is well known to the House.” The Minister said during the debate : “My hon. Friend asked about the situation on the Isle of Wight. I think that he has been informed that a post in the mobile advisory service will not be available for those who are based there, but let me reassure him that that has not been decided… No decisions have been taken on where the people serving the Island will be based. I shall take on board my hon. Friend’s comments and his representation that some of those providing the mobile service on the Island should be permanently based there. I can provide no guarantees, but equally I can provide some reassurance that no decisions have been made on that front.” Mr Turner responded: “I am very pleased to hear that HMRC are still open to listening to sensible proposals – but that is not what local staff were told. I shall be following this up with a letter to the Chief Exec of HMRC to point out what the Minister has said”

‘Packed’ Public Meeting to hear about Marine Conservation Zones The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has said he is pleased with the outcome of the visit this week of Richard Benyon MP, Minister in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The Minister visited the Island on Monday to hear the concerns of Islanders about the potential introduction of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and their effect on the Isle of Wight. Following private meetings with local Harbour Masters, commercial fishermen, anglers and other stakeholders, Mr Benyon addressed a packed public meeting of around 120 at the Riverside Centre in Newport. There are potentially four MCZs around the Island, but none

have been approved to go forward this year. The Minister answered questions from local conservationists, yachtsmen, fishermen and other concerned residents with a range of views expressed both in favour of and against the scheme. Mr Turner said:“I received a huge amount of correspondence about the proposed MCZs so I felt the best solution was to invite the Minister dealing with the issue to the Island, to give residents the opportunity to voice their concerns directly to him. I told him that there were high levels both of interest and knowledge here that stretches back generations – and he very quickly recognised that. “I was very pleased with the turn-out at the public

meeting. The Minister had already listened carefully to what various people, with local knowledge, had to say and I know he will consider the points raised in any future decisions concerning the Island’s waters. The public consultation is open until Sunday – so if anybody still has any points they want to put forward about the MCZ proposals in general they can do so. But, as always the devil is in the detail and there will be further consultation on specific management plans before any MCZs around the Island are agreed. “Unlike some other conservation designations the economic and social impact of MCZs must be taken into account before they are approved, so for

example the moorings used by the Redwings at Bembridge could not be simply be summarily removed. The Minister is confident, and so am I, that we can find a way forward that balances the importance of conserving

our sea-beds, the plants and animals that live there with the various commercial and recreational activities that take place on and in the waters surrounding the Island.”

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Medway Queen at the Classic Boat Museum For many years the paddle steamer Medway Queen was a popular part of the Island’s entertainment industry. The Medway Queen Club flourished at Island Harbour near Binfield from 1966 until the mid 1970s. The business expanded to incorporate a second paddle steamer, Ryde Queen, but eventually Medway Queen fell out of use and became derelict. The ship was moved to Kent in 1984 and eventually became the subject of a major restoration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. The Medway Queen Preservation Society has gone to great lengths to keep the Island’s part in the ship’s history alive and to research that history. The Medway Queen Club is an essential part of the story and the society’s representatives have taken part in events from time to time to remind islanders of that and hunt out more historic information. The one key question that remains is; when did the club close for the last time? The island’s press have covered the restoration story as it unfolds and now we plan a “Medway Queen weekend” at the Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes. In addition to all the usual exhibits and displays at the museum there will be a photographic display of the story of Medway

Queen, including her time on the Isle of Wight. Author Richard Halton will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his new book telling the ship’s story from building in 1923/4 up to the present day restoration. Medway Queen souvenirs will also be available including a DVD, water line model kit and the popular promotional model railway wagons produced by the society. In addition, there will be a diorama display featuring 1/1200 scale models of famous liners including RMS Queen Mary and other ships. This features well over 30 models in a scale where one inch represents 100 feet. Many of the ships are the fondly remembered “Triang Minic” models of 1950s vintage. Of the others, some are even older and some more modern. Visit the Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes on the weekend of 20th/21st April to find out how Medway Queen’s restoration is progressing. Talk to the preservation society about your memories of the ship (they are always anxious to add to their historic archive) and above all support not only this famous old ship but also the island’s own collection of classic boats. Normal museum charges will apply. The “big mystery” of the ship’s time on the Isle of Wight is exactly when did the club close for the last time? Do you know? Can you solve this mystery for the society?

Bikesafe is coming to the Isle of Wight on May 12th BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads. We think that riding should be fun and by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable.

The BikeSafe workshop explores the main issues facing today’s bikers. It also explores the principles of advanced riding through the on-road element. The BikeSafe Observer will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop. BikeSafe is about starting on the right path to

development as it "Bridges the Gap". Riders should continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight statistics show that 65% of all motorcycle collisions happen at or near a junction and that 35% of them show that

other vehicle drivers failed to appreciate or assess the path of the Motorcyclist on the main road. For the last 2 years, Hampshire Constabulary has provided a structured workshop in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services to deliver rider awareness and assessment workshops and the

response from participants has always been very positive. The event takes place at Ryde Fire Station from 0830-1630. The cost of the full day is £50 and is open to all members of the public who may want to improve their riding skills. For more details visit bikesafe.co.uk/


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GKN Aerospace is primary sponsor for charity bike ride GKN Aerospace in Cowes is to be the primary sponsor for the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service ‘100 Here 100 There – 2013’ charity cycling challenge. The event aims to raise £20,000 for the Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT), which is the charity selected as the focus for all GKN Aerospace – Cowes fundraising activities throughout 2013. The ‘100 Here’ section of the challenge will take place on Sunday 30th June, 2013, starting and finishing at Ryde Fire Station. There will be two route options – a 100 mile ride or a slightly shorter 100 km alternative. The ‘100 There’ section will take place earlier in June and will involve two members of the Fire and Rescue Service cycling up and over 100 mountains in just 10 days across the French Alps. GKN Aerospace is supporting these events with £3000 of corporate sponsorship. The company has also committed to getting together a group of 100 people – to include senior management and staff at the Cowes site and their family and friends – who will raise sponsorship funds and take part in the island cycle ride. Operations General Manager, GKN Aerospace – Cowes, Garry Hernes comments: “Every year, we at GKN Aerospace in Cowes raise funds for local charities in a wide variety of ways. In 2013 we have decided to focus all our efforts on a single charity that is active on the island, directly benefits local people and is close to our heart as a company as it has supported staff who

Pictured presenting with the cheque for £3000 from GKN Aerospace to support the ‘100 here, 100 there’ events are, left to right: Stuart May, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Garry Hernes, General Manager, GKN Aerospace – Cowes, Kelvin Wright – Watch Manager Community Safety Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Lynn Ellsbury – Human Resources Manager, GKN Aerospace – Cowes

have suffered from cancer or have lost precious family, friends and colleagues to the disease. The WCT has an important target to reach this year which will allow the charity immediately to extend the support it offers island residents. As a result we felt this was the right time to make a commitment to support their activities.” Watch Manager Kelvin Wright from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service commented: “The IWFRS are delighted to once again be working closely with GKN Aerospace on a local fundraising initiative supporting island cancer patients. This is a disease that has touched us all, so working together in support of the WCT, we can make a difference” After 31 years of supporting Island cancer patients, the WCT is to

open a cancer support centre in Newport this year. This centre will promote prevention and early detection of cancer and offer support with all aspects of dealing with the disease – including providing counselling and a vast range of alternative therapies. The centre will also give practical assistance to the many island cancer patients who must travel to the mainland for treatment and diagnosis. It will offer grants to help fund travel as well as helping arrange transport from Southampton Quay via the Daisy Bus and providing volunteers to travel with individuals who must attend an appointment on their own. The WCT also has holiday accommodation in Weymouth and Milford on Sea which may be used by cancer patients and their families.

Warning: Telephone calls using the firm name Swift Solicitors Unsolicited telephone calls are being made to members of the general public, with the caller falsely claiming to be telephoning from the firm Swift Solicitors. The calls invite the recipient to provide details regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident that they may have been involved in. Any unsolicited telephone calls purportedly from Swift Solicitors regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident, particularly if it involves the payment of money

should be reported to the Police. Affected members of the public can also report the matter to the SRA via fraud@sra.org.uk. Solicitors should report the matter to the SRA red alert line on 0845 8500999 or redalert@sra.org.uk. There is a genuine firm called Swift Lawyers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm’s office is at 123 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 0DF. The firm’s legitimate telephone number is 01942 886825.

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Resonate to perform at this year’s Isle of Wight festival It’s been an exciting few weeks for local island vocal ensemble Resonate, hot on the heels of winning Comic Relief Does Glee Club Competition, the group will now play at the Isle of Wight Festival this coming June. Resonate who are members of the Isle of Wight Community Glee Club sang in the BBC Comic Relief Final and moved many to tears. John Giddings, the Festival promoter saw their stunning performance on the show and thought it would be a great opportunity to support the Island community by offering the talented group the chance to play at the Festival. Resonate will play make two appearances over the weekend, in the Big Top where they are sure to wow the crowds and The Cabaret Club on Sunday afternoon. John Giddings said, “After watching Resonate on Comic Relief, I thought it would be great opportunity to support the local Island community and give the group the chance to perform on home soil at the Isle of Wight Festival. We look forward to welcoming them to the Festival and I am sure Islanders will be out in

force to see them”. The Choir Director and the leader of Resonate is Medina College teacher Hannah Brear, who coaches the group and composes their vocal arrangements, which were performed throughout the competition and she will lead the group at the Isle of Wight Festival. Hannah Brear says, “We were over the moon when we heard that we were being given the opportunity to sing to an

Island audience on such a prestigious stage as the Isle of Wight Festival. We can’t wait to perform live the songs that took us through to the final of the BBC competition and also show our loyal Island supporters some new material. Performing at the Festival is a dream come true – for years we’ve been watching other bands and groups on the main stage and now we’ll be there ourselves. It’s a dream come true!”

Complete Madness invite you to their ‘House of Fun’ A Madness tribute band will be appearing live on stage at The Shanklin Theatre on Saturday 6th April 2013. Complete Madness are now in their 15th year and each year still seem to go from strength to strength despite strengthening competition. Featuring all

the favourites… Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, It Must Be Love, and Driving In My Car. A sensational Theatre extravaganza featuring the amazing talents of this 5piece band who will take you on a musical journey through the story of one of Britain’s most memorable,

visual and fun bands. Complete with crazy costumes, comedy and chirpy banter. Doors open at 7.30pm Saturday 6th April. Tickets cost £16.00 and can be purchased by calling 01983 868000. For more information visit www.completemadness.net


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Payleven becomes fully FSA authorised Payleven, Europe’s mobile payment pioneer, has announced it's been fully authorised by the Financial Services Authority as a payment institution. This accreditation was issued due to the highest security standards being met by payleven’s mobile Chip & PIN device and overall payment solution. In addition, payleven has become part of MasterCard’s mPOS program, a project to ensure mobile point-of-sale providers adhere to the best industry practices. Alston Zecha, Co-Founder and COO: “We are very proud to be a trusted and fully authorised financial institution in Europe. payleven is the first mobile payment provider to receive FSA authorisation, so it’s a major milestone for the company.” “To be part of MasterCard’s mPOS program further emphasises our Chip & PIN device meets the highest security standards. Being part of the FSA and MasterCard’s mPOS program acknowledges our hard work to offer the easiest & safest mobile solution.” payleven’s latest innovation, the mobile

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Partnership to provide care for Children and Young People The NHS on the Isle of Wight, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Layla’s Trust and Kissy Puppy are working in partnership to provide palliative care for Children and Young People with a life limiting or life threatening illness on the Isle of Wight. Helen Shields, Chief Officer of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, says: “Children’s palliative care is a basic human right for any child diagnosed with a life limiting or life threatening illness. It enhances the quality of a child’s life and provides much needed support to members of the child’s family. It is so important for children with a life-threatening illness, and their families, to have easy access to the right care and support at a time of great need. The nearest Children’s Hospice is Naomi House near Winchester which requires a Solent crossing and travel. We are working closely with Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and others to create an Island based service to help enhance children’s quality of life through the provision of care and support in their place of choice.” In 2011, a review of palliative care services for Children and Young People on the Isle of Wight showed that access to respite, practical information and psychological support was severely lacking. In response, the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is commissioning services which can be provided in a choice of venues on the Island, including in the home and

in hospital and at Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is fully committed to supporting the development of palliative care for Children and Young People with a life limiting or life threatening illness, and will continue to work closely with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Layla’s Trust and Kissy Puppy in the future. Speaking about the plans for the development of Children’s palliative care services on the Isle of Wight, Gill Kennett, Associate Director for Community Health services at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “We work in close partnership with Isle of Wight families and other agencies in the provision of palliative care. We fully support the endeavours of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice to expand services to embrace the whole Island community. Collaborating to develop local services for children and young people in the future is of immense importance and, we believe, practical and achievable.” Earl Mountbatten Hospice is a key partner for Isle of Wight NHS Trust in the delivery of healthcare services across the Island. This was recognised with the agreement, following the outcome of consultation on the Trust’s plans to become a Foundation Trust, that the Hospice should become a stakeholder Governor on the Trust’s proposed Council of Governors. Clinical staff employed by the Hospice are seconded from Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

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Isle of Wight MP – ‘Questions must be answered in Public’ Scott Wardrop the Managing Director of the Eurovia Group must answer questions in public about the asphalt plant his company hope to build on the River Medina in Cowes, says the Island’s MP Andrew Turner. Mr Turner wrote to Mr Wardrop detailing various concerns and questions raised with him by constituents which the company had failed to respond to. Mr Turner was told by the County Press that Mr Wardrop was willing to meet him face to face to discuss the issues, but the MP says it is too late now for private meetings to allay the widespread public concerns. Mr Turner said: “I have heard nothing directly from

Eurovia about a meeting. As made clear in my letter I tried repeatedly to arrange to meet them privately to discuss these issues – but they failed to respond. A failure for Eurovia to respond properly has also been the experience of many Islanders worried their lives and health will be blighted if the asphalt plant is built; it has also been the experience of our local media when trying to establish whether Eurovia will be transporting asphalt across the Solent. “Since reports emerged that Eurovia are now willing to meet me privately I have been contacted by WRAP representatives and others saying very clearly that they object to a private meeting and want to ask Mr Wardrop their questions

themselves. I can fully understand why they feel that way. “I have been really impressed by the work that ordinary people with busy lives have put into finding out the technical, logistical and legal information needed to challenge some of Eurovia’s claims – and it demonstrates to me how worried they are about the effect this asphalt plant would have on them and their families. There is no way I would have all that expertise and knowledge available in a private meeting – so a public meeting would be better for all parties; including Eurovia if they want people to believe what they are saying. I know Islanders are sensible and reasonable people – and I know they

are also more than capable of making their own minds up! “I very much welcome Eurovia’s somewhat belated recognition that these are serious concerns that must be addressed. I will gladly organise and chair a public meeting for Mr Wardrop and his colleagues to answer the questions of

worried Islanders directly. It is a pity it is necessary – but Eurovia have failed to answer reasonable questions from residents for so long that I am afraid the time has passed for private assurances to me that everything is OK and nobody has anything to worry about.”

New Ultrasound Scanner for Island Respiratory Patients Patients requiring assessment and diagnosis for various lung problems will benefit thanks to the fundraising efforts of the IW Breathe Easy Group and their 2012 Challenge. The group has donated £5,500 to fund a portable Ultrasound Scanner for the Respiratory Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. The Breathe Easy 2012 Challenge included a British Lung Foundation (BLF) Active Olympics, a 12 hour ‘Exerciseathon’ and hospital staff and supporters participated in a 2012 Exercise Bike Challenge. A Smarties Challenge was also held which involved eating a tube of Smarties then filling the tube with as many 20p coins as possible. Sarah Kearney, Respiratory

Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “I would like to thank Breathe Easy members for their amazing fund raising efforts throughout 2012, which I know meant the consumption of many Smarties, as well as many steps trodden in the gym or on the exercise bicycles. “I would also like to thank Colin Hayward, Area Manager for the Co-op Group, for their generous support. Having heard about our 2012 Challenge to raise money for an Ultra Sound Scanner, Colin and his team decided to donate the money they receive back from the Eco-Friendships CIC recycling bins to our appeal.” Dr Andrew Woolley, Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Mary’s Hospital, said: “A

new Ultrasound Scanner will mean that we are able to assess more accurately patients with fluid in their chest and other lung problems in our clinic and on the wards. It will make it easier to take samples of fluid which is important in diagnosing the cause. It will also make it easier for us to treat the problem by draining the fluid.” The presentation took place at the Respiratory Department, St. Mary’s Hospital on 8th February during the monthly meeting of the Breathe Easy Group. The 2013 Breathe Easy Challenge is already underway with a Coastal Path Walking Challenge in March. More information is available at the Sainsbury’s Store in Newport.

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Isle of Wight prepares to go Walking with Dinosaurs The Isle of Wight has announced plans to partner with BBC Earth Films and Twentieth Century Fox to bring Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie to the island this summer. The mammoth event and affinity partnership is being co-ordinated by the Island’s new destination management organisation, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, in partnership with BBC Worldwide, BBC Earth Films, Twentieth Century Fox and Isle of Wight Council. A summer campaign will be launched to potential summer

holiday makers in May and will run throughout the summer months and into the Autumn. The Isle of Wight, crowned the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain’ in January, will support the summer film campaign with a raft of activity celebrating the islands incredible prehistoric history. From summer 2013, Isle of Wight visitors are invited to experience a once in a lifetime journey using digital innovation to bring the islands history to life. The Island’s tourism team are working closely

with the film creators to develop a hands-on digital experience that will introduce visitors to the great ancestors of the dinosaurs featured in Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie. These ancestors skeletons are one of the many discoveries made on the Isle of Wight where visitors will really be able to walk in their footsteps and learn about the lives of these amazing Animals. David Pugh, leader of the IW Council, said: “We are delighted to have played a crucial role in bringing

Hovertravels reaction Hovertravel is one of the Island businesses to support plans by The Isle of Wight to partner with BBC Earth Films and Twentieth Century Fox to bring Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie to the island this summer. The Isle of Wight, crowned the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain’ in January, will support the summer film campaign with a raft of activity celebrating the island’s incredible prehistoric history. From summer 2013, Isle of Wight visitors are invited to experience a once in a lifetime journey using digital innovation to bring the island’s history to life. The Island’s tourism team are working closely with the film creators to develop a hands-on digital experience that will introduce visitors to the great ancestors of the dinosaurs featured in Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie. These ancestors skeletons are one of the many discoveries made on the Isle of Wight where visitors will really be able to walk in their footsteps and learn about the lives of these amazing animals. Loretta Lale, marketing manager of Hovertravel, explains: “This is a major coup for the Island and an

excellent demonstration of how successful the Island can be as a tourist destination with worldwide appeal. We are proud to be involved with such a prestigious project and look forward to fully supporting this initiative.” David Thornton, Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight said: “We’re excited about bringing palaeontology, education, entertainment and Hollywood together to create a real life Walking with Dinosaurs experience for holidaymakers. The scientific credentials of the Island are second to none, it’s already recognised as one of the most significant locations in Europe for dinosaur finds and so the Isle of Wight is a perfect partner for Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.” Twentieth Century Fox Vice President of Partnerships, Ian Morton, continues: “Our partnership with the Isle of Wight this year allows us to reveal our compelling story through the Island’s dinosaur heritage across special locations, drawing upon a wealth of research already undertaken on the Island by palaeontologists. We are looking forward to creating a fun, interactive experience for all the family that will really help

bring the adventure of the film to life. We are also exploring a number of amplification opportunities such as hosting a Gala Premiere of the movie on the Island later this year.” The mammoth event and affinity partnership is being co-ordinated by the Island’s new destination management organisation, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, in partnership with BBC Worldwide, BBC Earth Films, Twentieth Century Fox and Isle of Wight Council. A summer campaign will be launched to potential summer holiday makers in May and will run throughout the summer months and into the Autumn. Councillor David Pugh, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: “We are delighted to have played a crucial role in bringing this exciting project – which will promote the Island to a truly global audience – to fruition. This initiative will further enhance our reputation as an international focal point for pre-historic heritage. We hope this will attract a substantial number of additional visitors, which is great news both for the local economy and efforts to promote the Island as a first-class visitor destination.”

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this exciting project – which will promote the Island to a truly global audience – to fruition. This initiative will further enhance our reputation as an international focal point

for pre-historic heritage. We hope this will attract a substantial number of additional visitors, which is great news both for the local economy and efforts to promote the Island.”


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 29th March 2013

Red Noses fitted in blizzard conditions Hovertravel has, for the first time ever and despite extreme winter conditions, fitted red noses to their two craft: Island Express and Freedom 90 for the week leading up to Red Nose Day. Loretta Lale, marketing manager at Hovertravel, explains, “We have all become accustomed to seeing red noses on cars and people but we wanted to go further and equip our fleet of hovercraft. These will be the only operating passenger hovercraft with red noses on in the world and will be a great way to demonstrate our support for this fabulous event across and on the Solent.

We fitted the red noses today to kick start our week of activities and even though there has been blizzards and a wind chill of -5 degrees, the team managed to install them successfully. “ Staff at Hovertravel are also organising a cake sale in the Ryde terminal on Friday 15 March, with home-baked goodies from staff and friends to encourage donations from customers. Passengers may also be delighted to see some members of staff dressed up for the day including three staff, dressed as characters from the comedy TV show Little Britain, who will be on duty to also incentivise generosity.

The monster Easter weekender at the Loft This Easter weekend at The Loft sees a monster lineup of cross musical madness with FREE ENTRY on Friday and Saturday Nights!!! Friday is CLUB STOMP with two live Rock’n'Roll bands, BULLY BONES & TEA AND BISCUIT BOYS and rockabilly jiving DJs till 2am. Saturday is for all of you who like pulsating bass lines and loud digital rhythms, TTNT MIX SESSIONS take over the Loft for a night of UNDERGROUND HOUSE. Easter Sunday is the return of TC’s SUNDAY JAZZ JOINT, when THE ALLEYCATS take to the stage for an afternoon of the most amazing Jazz Funk Fusion. A superb live band and amazing freeform jamming from excellent musicians. Good Friday 29th March : Club Stomp The 1st ever Club Stomp at The Loft is going to be rather awesome – proper Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll, Rockabilly and early Soul for all ages. Live performances from 2 of the island’s finest – Bullybones and Tea and Biscuit Boys. With rocking DJs Nipsy and Sparrow to keep the tunes flowing til the early hours. Get Ya Stomp on! 9pm – 2am. Free entry before 10pm / £3 after. Over 18s only. ID Required. No entry after 1am. R.O.A.R. Easter Saturday 30th March : TTNT Mix Sessions It’s a long Holiday weekend so we thought it only right to throw a proper old school party. Special guests M.G.F project will be joined by DJs Joz & Stretch Matt

D (Georgie Loves / Tripudio / Resonance). Back home on the island after recent gigs with house music legends such as Terry Francis, Derrick Carter, Colin Dale, Fabio and Pete Tong we can expect a night of sexy, funky house music to warm our souls. They will be joined by DJs Leeboi and Mark Weber as well as TTNT residents Erik Bruce and DJ Ellan. See you on the dancefloor! – 8pm – 2pm. Free entry before 10pm, £3 after. Over 18s only. ID Required. No entry after 1am. R.O.A.R. Easter Sunday 31st March : TC’s Sunday Jazz Joint After a hugely successful inaugural event last month TC’s Sunday Jazz Joint is back for an Easter special shindig. This is an all ages event and well-behaved children are very welcome. House band The Alleycats is made up of some of the finest musicians on the island – namely Gary Plumley on Sax, Jules Nelson on Guitar, Richard Murphy on Bass, Jack Henson on Drums, Murray Clack on Keys. They’ll be playing a full live set of live jazz funk fusion – a perfect way to spend a family Easter Sunday afternoon. There’ll be hot dogs, popcorn, bloody marys and maybe even the odd chocolate egg. Doors open at 1pm, live sets between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with DJ Nipsy playing a vinyl selection of funk, soul and rare groove when the band need a breather. Admission : £5/£3 concessions. Under 16s free as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. ROAR.

Bullybones

Gary Plumley

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Whatever the size of your business – get ready for PAYE changes An advertising campaign heralding the biggest overhaul of the PAYE system in almost 70 years was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The new PAYE reporting system, known as Real Time Information (RTI), will be introduced from April 2013, with employers reporting each time they pay their employees, rather than yearly. It will reduce administrative burdens for employers by around £300 million every year. Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General Personal Tax, said: “Winston Churchill was Prime Minister when PAYE was introduced. Little has changed in the system in about 70 years and it no longer fits the needs of a modern workforce.

“Now is the time for employers to act, including ensuring all employee information is correct and up to date. All the information they need is on our website. “RTI will improve the operation of PAYE for employers, HMRC and employees. Feedback from employers in the pilot is that reporting PAYE in real time is easy.” A range of RTI software is available, including free software for micro businesses with nine or fewer employees. A range of support is available for employers, including: Webinars, YouTube video, Face to face events, Online interactive sessions, including Twitter Q&As More information on RTI can be found at hmrc.gov.uk/rti.

Man charged after the death of young girl Hampshire Constabulary has charged a man following the death of a 10-year-old schoolgirl in a collision on 24th August last year (2012). Evey Rose Staley was fatally injured when the Subaru she was travelling in with her parents collided with a Ford Puma on the A3020 Cowes Road in Newport, Isle of Wight Robert Blakely, 31 from Broadway, Sandown has been charged with causing the death of

Evey Rose Staley by driving without due care and attention and while under the influence of alcohol. Mr Blakely is scheduled to appear at Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court in Newport on the morning of 2 April 2013.

New green and safety transport schemes announced A list of schemes to improve accessibility, road safety and traffic management on the Isle of Wight’s transport network has been announced. The Isle of Wight Council is looking to spend £1.3m on a raft of projects during the 2013/14 financial year including improvements to cycleways and shared surface routes, better signage and more cycle racks. The planned works

also include £100,000 programme of schemes to improve the rights of way network. The list of proposed work is outlined in a delegated decision report published today on the council’s planned integrated transport/local sustainable transport fund capital programme. Though the amount of grant available for work of this nature has been reduced by Government,

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the council has been able to increase spending having secured a near £4 million Government grant for green transport schemes – some of which are compatible with the programme. “At a time when Government grant is being reduced in this area, it is very pleasing that through our successful application for substantial Local Sustainable Transport Grant

funding we are able to actually increase our spending,” said councillor Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for transport. “A truly accessible and integrated transport network is clearly a benefit to residents but it also helps the Island develop its already considerable appeal as a green travel destination.”

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Quicker results for island patients A programme of work costing £2.4m is underway to modernise the Pathology Laboratories at St. Mary’s Hospital. Improvements to the accommodation will modernise pathology procedures and enable the service to work more efficiently with faster processing of samples and a reduction in test turnaround times. The work is being carried out in two phases. The first phase is to refurbish the Microbiology Department including the laboratory and replacement of some equipment. Refurbishment of this area will help to improve the facilities that support diagnosis and treatment of patients with infections and support patient management by informing clinical teams of the use of the correct antibiotics in a timely manner. This work is expected to be completed by the end of March. Phase two is to refurbish the Blood Sciences Department which will allow the latest automated analysers for blood testing to be located together allowing for more efficient working and faster processing of patient test results. This will help support other areas across the local NHS including the Emergency Department where fast production of Pathology results is vital to allow for diagnosis and treatment Liz Thorne, Pathology Services Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital, said: “The Pathology Service has changed substantially over the years which meant the accommodation was becoming ‘not fit for purpose’, both in terms of housing the new technology required, and its ability to cope with the increased demands placed

on the service; our workload has more than tripled. Approximately 7080% of all diagnostic decisions are influenced by pathology tests and people’s expectations are extremely high, whilst at the same time the government has set new challenges. The efficient and effective delivery of our pathology service is key to patient welfare. “The refurbishment will allow us to implement a more streamlined process which will lead to quicker test results for patients and will allow better use of resources. The productivity of the Pathology Service is directly affected by the ability to handle samples safely and to dispose of these in a safe and effective way. It is important we have an environment which enables us to deliver a high standard of service which meets the stringent standards set by the Clinical Pathology Accreditation, Health and Safety Executive and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.” A recent inspection highlighted that the diagnostic work was of a high standard and the calibre of the staff and the work they produced was extremely good however there were concerns expressed previously regarding the facilities. The existing Pathology Service moved into its current laboratories in the main hospital building during the latter part of 1991 and the design for the laboratory was planned and specified many years before then. The work is due to be completed in the next few months.

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