Our registered volunteers will be joining the Keep Britain Tidy spring clean.
Please find attached a copy of our update of the England Coast Path project in the north west.
Please use the northwest.coastalaccess@
North West Coastal Access Delivery
Cumbria Area Team
Cumbria LA9 7RL
0208 720 3155
Beware Doorstep Callers Offering Property Repairs and Maintenance
A vulnerable resident in the Pendle area reported cold callers offering to repoint ridge tiles and replace broken tiles. The job and price soon escalated to include further repair works, payment was asked for in cash, luckily the bank intervened and the Police were contacted.
The South Ribble area has also reported cold callers offering roofing repairs and driveway work .
If you need work doing to your property Trading Standards would advise to always use local known trades people, ask family and friends for recommendations and get 3 quotes. Always make sure you have a full valid address and contact details prior to agreeing to any work with a trader.
Trading Standards advice is to always say no to cold callers. The Safetrader scheme can help you find a trader in your area, contact 0303 333 1111 or go towww.safetrader.org.uk
Gardening Work Scams
Householders are reminded to use caution when they obtain traders they have not used before from the many sites where consumers and traders can post jobs. A Leyland resident posted a gardening job on one of these sites and lost a deposit of over £1000 to a trader, who took the money but did not return and is not answering the householder's calls.
A resident in West Lancashire paid a cold caller a £100 to carry out gardening work, again, the trader took the money but did not return to carry out the work.
Do not pay money up front apart from small costed amounts for materials where necessary, make sure you have full costed contract details bearing the trader's name and address and any agreed work in writing before the job starts.
Cold Caller Offering Boiler Servicing
Residents in rural areas north of Lancaster should be on the alert after a report was received where a vulnerable resident was cold called by a man offering to service their boiler. It is suspected that the same cold caller had been knocking on doors in the same area the previous week offering to clean gutters.
HMCTS Spoofing Phone Call
Beware receiving a call alleging to be from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Scammers mimic legitimate phone numbers , known as spoofing, and may allege that you owe HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) money and that a warrant for your arrest has been issued. Scammers may also tell you to look up contact details for HMCTS to verify the number they are using to call.
HMCTS is separate from HMRC and is not involved with tax payments and will not call or email you about tax matters. HMRC does not use any HMCTS phone numbers.If you receive a call or email, or any type of contact, do not provide any personal details or make a payment.
Scam Warranty Telesales
Please use caution if you are contacted by a telesales call offering to sell you a warranty or home appliance insurance. While many cold calls are trying to sell a new policy, many claim your existing cover is expiring and you need to renew, regardless of whether you had cover in the first place.
Reports have been received where householders suffering from dementia have been targeted, being contacted by multiple companies all selling similar insurances for items that the householder does not own or are worth considerably less than the cost of the insurance.
Businesses offering insurance policies should be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority who also offer an ombudsman scheme, check the register atwww.fca.org.uk .
Be on the alert for a phishing email fromTV licencing that states due to outdated TV account details your account will be suspended unless you provide your date of birth, current address, telephone number and payment method. The email provides a link to 'Visit TV licencing now' and advises you to keep your details up to date to prevent cybercriminals accessing your data.
Beware of afake Sainsbury'semail stating you have been selected to participate in a gift card giveaway, the recipient is invited to enter personal information on a linked website. This is a scam.
Similarly be on the alert for a phishing email alleging to be fromJust Eat offering a £50 gift card, again taking you to a link requesting personal details.
Also doing the rounds is a phishing email alleging to be fromYahoo asking you to upgrade 'here'.
ADVLA phishing email from an email address G.O.V.U.K states that the payment for your latest vehicle tax invoice failed. It continues to say that some of the billing details associated with your account might have expired or were otherwise changed. You are invited to click on a link to a secure page to enter your details.
Phishing emails can look as if they have come from a trustworthy entity and can make you panic into divulging personal information, often implying a service will be withdrawn or you will not be 'legal', or tempt you by the lure of a refund or a voucher.
Scams can be reported to Action Fraud, contact 0300 123 2040 or go towww.actionfraud.police.uk.
Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133
25 Mar 2021
Please see below the latest news story from Bay Hospitals Charity.
You can also read the piece on the charity's website here: http://www.
Bay Hospitals Charity is launching a new campaign aimed at helping people get fit and stay active, while also raising funds to support their local hospitals.
The charity, which supports University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, is encouraging people to set up a Just Giving page and raise sponsorship by doing any sort of physical activity to get fit for the summer.
It could be running, walking, cycling, weight training, aerobics, swimming or anything else - participants are free to choose their own activity and set their own goal to match their interests and fitness level.
Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Non-Executive Director and Active Lancashire Chief Executive Adrian Leather said: “Keeping fit and doing regular exercise is an absolutely essential part of looking after ourselves physically and mentally.
“I’d love to see as many people as possible take on the Spring into Action challenge to get in shape while supporting our amazing hospitals.
“Whatever activity you decide to do, please have fun and remember to follow current government guidelines on social distancing and gatherings.”
Set up your fund-raising page at justgiving.com/bhc
Orange Button Community Scheme
I have been asked to share some information about suicide awareness training.:
People who are having thoughts of suicide, or who are worried about a friend or family member, can now push the button when they see someone wearing a distinctive orange badge, and ask them for information and support.
The orange button is worn by people in Lancashire and South Cumbria who have undergone extensive suicide prevention training, and while they are not able to counsel people, they can provide comprehensive signposting to relevant services.
There is also an orange button sticker that can be supplied to businesses and organisations such as cafes, shops and pubs, to place in a prominent window alerting people to trained staff available to help.
If you would like to find out how to become involved in this scheme, you can use the link on the attached PDF
We are running a campaign to promote the good work of our highways maintenance service and encourage online participation in the NHT (National Highways and Transport) survey. A new video will be launched of people's frequently asked questions answered by our highways engineers, with a call to action to complete the survey. There will be ongoing social media to push the survey until it ends in Feb 21.
· Despite a challenging year, the county council's highway maintenance service still managed to fix 92% of potholes on time.
· Winter is always a time when more potholes appear on our roads and pavements with a combination of cold and wet weather. A wet, stormy winter caused more potholes than usual this year (28% more than last year).
· This extra pressure was combined with lockdown, when staff were diverted onto other urgent work and only able to respond to safety critical defects.
· The team have been busy catching up and are now well on track to meet their target of fixing most potholes within our response time of 22 working days.
· The county council is responsible for 4,600 miles of highway, it's a massive task to maintain and we must focus our efforts on priority routes and repairing more serious potholes.
· We have invested in new technologies including jetpatching and the multi hogs to fix potholes more efficiently and improve your roads.
· You can tell us what you think by completing the2020 online survey
· We still need your help over the winter in reporting potholes which meet our required levels for work viaReport It on our website.
How you can support the campaign
Please help us to promote the campaign in your area and encourage people to complete the survey on the webpage - www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-
You can also direct people who want to report a pothole to the Report It tool on our website
Please support our digital campaign by sharing and commenting on our social media posts:
You can tell us what you think of your roads and complete our survey.www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-
On Monday evening (23rd November) members of our People's Jury returned their verdict on what more needs to be done locally to tackle climate change.
They include suggested improvements in areas such as communications and education, waste and recycling, food production and farming, housing, transport and council leadership.
We'd love it if you could join us at an open public meeting taking place on Monday 7th December 7pm to find out more about the work of the jury and its recommendations, as well as contributing ideas on what we need to do next.
To register your interest for the event visit https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/
You can find out more about their recommendations on our website - Lancaster.gov.uk/jury-
Community Connectors Team
Make your home warmer and your energy bills cheaper with a Green Homes Grant.
Homeowners in England, including landlords, can get up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Low income households can get 100% of the costs of work covered up to £10,000.
Make sure you’re one of the 600,000 households who could save up to £600 a year on energy bills by applying today. Installing energy efficient home improvements also cuts emissions, which is better for the environment.
If you’re a tradesperson, make sure you’re eligible to carry out work under the scheme, which will support thousands of green jobs.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
The government will provide a voucher up to £5,000 that covers up to two-thirds of the cost of energy efficiency and low carbon heat improvements to your home. See which improvements are included in the scheme below.
You may be able to receive a bigger grant if you are a homeowner and you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying benefits. The government will cover 100% of the cost of the improvements up to £10,000.
How do I apply?
- Check if you’re eligible for a voucher
- Check what improvements may be suitable for your home
- Choose which improvements you would like and see an estimate of how much they may cost
- Find registered installers to get quotes to carry out the work
- Apply for your voucher
The Green Homes Grant scheme will never include official representatives coming to your property uninvited or cold calling on the phone to encourage you to join the scheme.
Getting work done during national restrictions
Tradespeople, including Green Homes Grant installers, can continue to work in people’s homes under the national restrictions from 5 November.
You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. Your installer will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, you can ask your installer to provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos.
For further guidance on how to protect yourself and your tradesperson while getting work done during coronavirus, visit the TrustMark Work Safe, Safe Work website.
Travelling Safely on Public Transport Campaign
A new public transport campaign by Lancashire County Council advises on how to travel safely and asks residents to use public transport responsibly to help stop the spread of corona virus. Our operators are working hard to ensure vehicles are as clean and safe as possible but we all have a part to play.
The current advice is to –
· Reduce your journeys if possible, avoid unnecessary travel and stay local.
· For shorter journeys, walk or cycle if you can to save space on public transport for those who need it most.
· If you do need to use public transport, try to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes to allow social distancing.
· Over 11s must wear face coverings throughout the journey, and in bus and train stations unless exempt.
The campaign will particularly target young people on Instagram to promote the use of face coverings, following feedback from public transport operators that young people are failing to wear them, or are taking them off, particularly on school buses.
For the latest information on using public transport in Lancashire visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/
13 Nov 2020
Here is a story about the opening of a new £2.5 million operating theatre at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
You can also read the story on the Trust's website on this link: https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/news-
Here is a suggested Tweet if you would like to share the story on social media:
@UHMBT is delighted to have opened a new £2.5 million operating theatre at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The new theatre will greatly enhance care for patients: https://bit.ly/32FoHch #PatientExperience #FabChange20 #RLI #FridayMotivation #FridayFeeling @NHSEngland
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is delighted to have launched a new £2.5 million operating theatre at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).
The new operating theatre was officially handed over by the contractors to the Trust on Friday 30 October with a go live date of Monday 2 November. It features the latest design and technology to enhance care for patients and create a vastly improved working environment for staff.
The new theatre has been built to provide capacity while existing operating theatres at the RLI are being refurbished and upgraded. The project was managed by the UHMBT Capital Services Team and the building work was funded with Public Dividend Capital (PDC) from the Department of Health.
Danny Bakey, Deputy Associate Director of Operations for the Critical Care and Surgical Care Group at UHMBT, said: “We are very excited that the work on the theatre is now finished and that we can use it to provide additional capacity. The theatre will give us much more flexibility and offer us facilities that will deliver an enhanced experience for our patients and staff.”
The completion of the new theatre means that there are now seven operating theatres in Lancaster - five main theatres and two theatres in the Women’s Unit. The new theatre is sited between the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at the RLI and the existing operating theatres.
Mark Hampton, Capital Services Manager for UHMBT, said: “Our Trust has invested £2.5 million to ensure that all our theatres meet stringent modern standards.
“This new modular theatre was particularly challenging given its location between the Centenary Building and the Ambulatory Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit. A special thanks to the contractors and especially to all our clinical and non-clinical departments which have allowed Capital Services to complete this vital addition. This new theatre will allow the Trust to carry out a planned refurbishment of the existing four operating theatres in the Centenary Building without disrupting clinical activity.”
Kate Maynard, Chief Operating Officer for UHMBT, said: “The new theatre will enable us to retain our operating capacity while important upgrading work is taking place. We can now offer a significantly enhanced experience to patients who come to us for surgical care.
“We would like to thank all of the contractors and our colleagues for their excellent work throughout the construction process. We now have an operating theatre that has the most advanced technology and design to ensure the highest levels of safety, care, experience and performance.”
Assistance for residents if they are on certain means tested benefit or on a low income with health vulnerabilities