Ayrshire Homes
FHMCC wishes to thank Ayrshire Homes for their recent grant awarded in support of our 2016 / 17 projects. Information on the community council projects can be found in our monthly minutes at: http://fhmcc.org.uk/documents.php#meeting_minutes

Food waste bags
Food waste bags
Did you know that rolls of food waste caddy bags are for sale at Forehill Library?

Save the trip into town and pop into the library instead.

DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
This letter is to bring to your attention an increase in the number of sheep worrying reports received in the Ayrshire area. As lambing time approaches, Police Scotland has taken the decision to contact your community to highlight the seriousness of this crime and the penalties it incurs.

Please click on the image to download the letter as a PDF

Forehill Library at 31-33 Mt Oliphant Crescent is a hive of activity! Your local library is an ideal place to spend some time and is open to all ages 0-100! Why not check it out and try something new?

There are board games and jigsaws, a knit and natter group, a colouring book station and as colouring books are increasingly found to be a good source of therapy and relaxation- adults are catered for here too!

Tea and coffee is 50p a cup.
You can make use of the computers within the library, or you can take your own laptop and share the FREE wi-fi.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council is looking for suggestions for activities that you want to see at your local library.

Message us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR or email secretary@fhmcc.org.uk with your suggestions.
It's YOUR community so please get involved!

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/
AyrshirePoliceDivision

South Ayrshire 1000 - Citezens’ Panel
South Ayrshire Council with its partners in the public and voluntary sectors, wants to survey attitudes and views on public services and policy issues.
South Ayrshire 1000
Citizens’ Panels are a way for local people to provide feedback on a range of issues and influence decision makers. The South Ayrshire Citizens’ Panel is called “South Ayrshire 1000” as it is the intention to have 1,000 members on the Panel. We have managed to recruit around 850 people who live in South Ayrshire who volunteered to http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000

The Scottish Government has recently set up a national website highlighting the role of community councils.
See the letter below.
Scottish Government letter to Community Councils. November 2014
www.communitycouncils.org.uk

GET INVOLVED — Your input is what will help our community come together.
We would love to hear from you. We want this website to be about you. Send us your pictures, share your memories, tell us your stories about our area and we will publish them on our webpages. Let us know if you, or someone you know in the area, is celebrating a special occasion.
Check our website and facebook pages for forthcoming competitions.

Come to our meetings. FHMCC meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Kyle Academy and we extend a warm welcome to local residents.

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR

Email us at secretary@fhmcc.org.uk

Phone Us on 07935 169 749

Ward 4, Ayr East area map
Ward 4, Ayr East area map
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Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
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Recent News

 

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/AyrshirePoliceDivision

 

 

South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association

At our February meeting we welcomed Alex Murphy, Head of Services of South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association. For those who have not heard of this Charity, they do a wonderful job offering day care support to people suffering from all forms of dementia and their families. They could use some volunteers to help expand their services so if this is something you would consider helping with you can contact them on 01292 288396.

http://www.sadsa.org.uk

 

 

 

Our Future - Let's Talk 2020/21

The Council listened to your views expressed in last year’s budget engagement survey. We’re making changes to become a more sustainable organisation. Some of the changes are in line with the expectations shown in last year’s survey. Following on from that engagement, we’d now like to hear more of your views on some specific issues.
 
The following link will take you to “Our Future - Let’s Talk” survey. There you’ll find details of Council spending, the results of last year’s budget survey and questions on important issues for your input.
 
A snapshot of your responses will be taken on 26th February and provided to Elected Members from the Administration, in time for their consideration prior to setting this year’s budget on 5th March.  However, the survey will remain open for at least three months after which a final report on all responses will be collated.

 

 

 

 

For the Attention of Leslie Bowie, Acting Chair of Ayrshire & Arran NHS.

We write to voice our concerns about the proposed move of the Cancer Care Unit from Ayr Hospital to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, and would like to ask how this move will benefit Residents of South Ayrshire.

Has any person involved in making this decision apprised themselves of the travel involved and the problems that the extended travel will cause to extremely stressed and very ill patients and their extremely stressed and worried family and friends?

Are the faceless people who are suggesting this momentous change aware of travel times from South Ayrshire for anyone having to make the journey either by car or by public transport and in particular when they are facing an unknown future? Or is it a case of financial concerns taking precedence over patient wellbeing? 

How does it benefit a very ill person facing extreme cancer treatment to extend their travel time by hours on a round trip from their home to Crosshouse?  Even if they travel by car, the journey will still take an hour and a half (travelling from the South of our area) and that in the best circumstances ie, light traffic, no red lights etc, then the same for the return and not even considering the roundabouts to negotiate, now into double figures when travelling from certain areas, on the way to the Crosshouse.  A round trip which AT BEST, is three hours long – and that when you are feeling the full force of your treatment – how dreadful!

From the furthers part of South Ayrshire, if a patient has to take public transport here is their itinery by bus:-

Ballantrae to Girvan – around 20 minutes – return ticket £6.20.  Change at Girvan.
Girvan to Ayr – around 28 minutes – return ticket £8.10.  Change at Ayr.
From Ayr to Kilmarnock – around 44 minutes – return ticket £9.50. Change at Kilmarnock.
From Kilmarnock to Crosshouse Hospital- around 15 minutes – return ticket £2.60

And then again in reverse!

That’s a round trip journey well in excess of FOUR HOURS – it’s difficult to take into account the length of time people will have to wait for connections and is assuming the traffic is light.  And the bus times may not get patients to the hospital in time for their appointments!

It will cost patients a return fare of £26.40 to come to Kilmarnock for ONE treatment – a miniscule sum in the eyes of NHS Management but a disgraceful ask for people on small incomes.

All this when someone is facing their worst nightmare and  the worst time of their life.

For treatment at Ayr hospital, the worst travel scenario would take around one hour and fifty minutes by bus at a return cost of £14.20 and a short trip from Ayr to Ayr Hospital, at approximately £6 return.

All of the Residents of South Ayrshire, no matter which town they live in, deserve more than you propose.

We deserve to be confident that if the worst diagnosis happens, treatment will be in a familiar place where it's easiest for family and friends to share the burden.

We deserve to have this most important medical facility on our doorstep.

We deserve the utmost consideration from our National Health Service.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council are asking for your swift response on behalf of our local Residents and all Residents of South Ayrshire.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Regards,

Anne Miller
secretary@fhmcc.org.uk
07935 169 749

On behalf of the FHMCC Chair and Committee