Monday, 21 May 2012

Serfs!? Threaten then!

Re Cllr George Walton - Knutsford Resident, Mayor of Cheshire East vs Woman Pensioner and Family Carer

From: Charlotte Peters Rock - 0156 572 2738 - 07050 183 417 -
To: Press sources
Attachments: 2 - Please note the content of my public speaking is available on YouTube - at the links shown in the email to George Walton (17May2012) - as also is the poem which was especially written for the Mayor.
Newly enrobed Cheshire East Mayor sets bouncers on pensioner during Question Time

    Cllr George Walton, newly enrobed Mayor of Cheshire East, called in his bouncers to prevent further objections about his Council’s treatment of the  ill, frail and demented older people.

    He issued instructions to the two burly ex-police officers to slience Mrs Charlotte Peters Rock of Knutsford Area for Knutsford Action, as she spoke in the Tenant’s Hall of Tatton Park on Wednesday 16 May 2012.

    Mrs Peters Rock says:

    “It is bad enough that the disabled and demented and their family carers are being treated so badly, as the deliberate policy of Cheshire East Council, but closing down the concerns of residents in this threatening manner, smacks of totalitarian states. Is this really the policy of this Council?”

    Mrs Peters Rock had chosen the medium of song to serenade the Council, pointing out to the new Mayor that at his age (70s) he needed to ensure that local services are in place if only as enlightened self-interest.

    “I had checked the Council Constitution, to make sure I could do this. I felt that for once ruling party Councillors might listen, since I have seen that normally they take little notice of what is said  by members of the public. It certainly worked. They listened.

   " In spite of my being surrounded by the Mayor's bouncers, I sang to the end of the song. Councillors of all parties applauded.

    "Perhaps now Cheshire East will reconsider its treatment of the frail, ill demented, disabled and their family carers? We need fully accessible local services. Family carers save this Council – by its  own admission – in excess of £500 million per year. Surely it is time for the Council to applaud and support family carers, who save the public so much money?”

Following her mistreatment, Mrs Peters Rock wrote a poem especially for the Mayor.

    Mrs Peters Rock has demanded a full public apology from Cllr Walton. Failing that, she says she will make a formal complaint to Cheshire East's Standards Committee.


Strategic Director for Adult Services in charge of waste transfer? Really?

Bexton Court and The Tatton Ward now need a full - unthreatened - Public Consultation.

So many lies have been told by Senior officers and Portfolio Holders, that it is time now to sweep the rubbish clean - get on with some sacking -  and begin again.

As a first move, it is interesting to note that The Congleton Chronicle has announced (10May2012) under the heading:

"Labour on the attack over council's refuse strategy" 

Councillor John Hammond, chairman of Cheshire East's Audit and Governance Committee - speaking of the councils's waste transfer station at Lyme Green -  informs us:

"In our chief executive's absence, Lorraine Butcher, the council's strategic director of children, families and adults, is leading on this matter."

It is not made clear in that article, what qualification Ms Butcher has for that 'refuse transfer' role.. but - from her 'successes' in the removal of of the old and disabled from their local areas via what is known as 'transportation', I fear the worst. Is there some big dump in Cheshire East where the old folk are put? I think we should be told.

In a helpful explanation the article ends with the statement: 

"A transfer station is a processing site where bin lorries deposit their cargo prior to it being loaded into larger vehicles, which transport  the waste to an incinerator or landfill."

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Public Meeting - 2.30 - Saturday 31 March 2012 - All welcome

Public Meeting this Saturday:  "Do the Elderly and Disabled NEED Local Care?"
Venue:  Brook Street Chapel School Room, Adams Hill, Knutsford. WA16 8DY
Date/time: 2.30 - Saturday 31 March 2012 - arrive and leave as it suits you - there is no limit on who can come.  
Everybody is welcome.
Dear Friends and Organisations,
Please pass this email and the attached poster around everyone on your mailing list. Feel free to print both, hand them to friends and put them in public places. 
I would be grateful for your help 
We are aware that to the 6507 people who signed the recent Petition have an interest in  ' Local Care for Local People to take place in Local Areas '.
The question now is how can we achieve that Local Care?
The decision made by Cheshire East Cabinet, that Bexton Court should be permanently closed, was only the tip of the iceberg of public closures in this area. Eight Councillors have 'called in ' that decision, which will now be discussed at the Adult Services Scrutiny Committee at
09.30 on Friday 13 April 2012. Perhaps if you have time, you might like to attend? There is time for Public Questions. It will be at Westfields, Sandbach. There is parking. Members of the public are entitled to attend. 
Public Meeting this Saturday:  "Do the Elderly and Disabled NEED Local Care?"
Venue:  Brook Street Chapel School Room, Adams Hill, Knutsford. WA16 8DY
Date/time: 2.30 - Saturday 31 March 2012 - arrive and leave as it suits you - there is no limit on who can come.  
Everybody is welcome.
The intention is that this Public Meeting will be the start of many more, which will move across the former county of Cheshire, to pick up and promote the best ideas for care of the elderly and disabled.
There will be display boards showing what we have lost  in this Northern area of Cheshire East, and what is currently happening.. and the opportunity to talk, plan and influence affairs, for the benefit of all
 We want your ideas to work with. Your input is the most valuable tool to move forward into what might be known as, "The Age of Experience"
( For instance, Knutsford has a projected 10-year rise of 18% in older people between 2007-2017 , with a general population which is falling. )
 In old age, do we want to be treated as unwanted parcels - or as
long-lived people with a great deal of life experience, which we are determined to put back into the community, to its benefit and ours?
In a joint move, Knutsford Area For Knutsford Action and Cheshire Area for Cheshire Action has called a public meeting this coming Saturday afternoon to discuss the impact of the complete removal of public services for the elderly and their family carers from Knutsford. This includes all Public Day and Respite Care and Rehabilitation Hospital Ward Care. Similar problems are also arising across the area. 
During a time of rapidly rising population ageing, what sort of care are we willing to find acceptable?
Is it adequate that any Day or Respite Care takes place many miles away from the towns in which we live?
Are we happy  - because of distance and difficulties caused by the lack of public transport - not to be able to oversee that the care received is good, suitable, and caring?
With a rapidly aging population, many of whom are likely to show signs of dementia (1 in 4 over the age of 85)  and other ills, what are our expectations for ourselves and our loved ones as we age?
Is it a good idea to remove the most vulnerable people from a community in which they and their needs are known, to care which takes place, where they are not known, and where local people are totally unaware of their needs and difficulties? 
 Many people who have problems with dementia do not have Alzheimer's but the less discussed Vascular Dementia. This is a form of dementia which, allowing for a sense of purpose, can readily be helped, by  'familiarity of surroundings and people', by social understanding and by the continuing determination and work of the person who has it. That allows for free will and is helped by the understanding of the local community for its own people. If we could just make more sociable arrangements for our older population, the early support, of healthy people would also help to support those who are in failing mental and physical health. We all need friends. 
It is stated that one obvious difference between those who suffer from Alzheimer's and those who suffer from Vascular Dementia, is that if something has been forgotten - a name or a place, or a set of keys - and the person with Vascular Dementia is just encouraged to remember but not given the answer, in a short time of brain searching, they usually can remember. With Alzheimers, the result is - sadly - not the same.. but perhaps if the brain can be kept active, the quality of life  could be so much improved . Memories and songs and community help all people. Dividing the old from their intergenerational communities seems to be a retrograde step. So why should we put up with it?
Day and Respite Care in distant places, removes both productive challenges and freedom of will, no matter how kind or caring is the treatment Moving already confused people across the county, by the day, for their care is counterproductive to their welfare and to that of their Family Carers.
 It might be hoped that, following a long and productive old age, we might all just die quietly in our sleep, having had a really good day before going to bed.
As a matter of enlightened self-interest, what can we now do to help ourselves?
Will you please come -and encourage others to come - to the public meeting? There will not be speakers. The format is just display boards and the will to gather information from all comers, about what you would like, and possibly how it can be achieved.
We also need to hear/read about experiences good and bad.
Perhaps, if we can find a way forward, that would help us all?
Thanks for reading. Please come if you can. Spend just a few minutes - or longer - to see if we can change our future for the better. 
Charlotte Peters Rock
Knutsford Area For Knutsford Action -
Cheshire Area for Cheshire Action -
0156 572 2738 - 07050 183 417