All posts by Ray

Pea Season has started – Will it smell us out like last year…?

June 29th, 2012

I sincerely hope not! But just in case make sure you have these numbers to hand if you smell any foul odours!!

There are two phone numbers that those with concerns about odours should note:

If you wish to meet a council officer to discuss a specific odour complaint, a meeting can be arranged at your home, at the source of any odour, or at the Hedon Customer Service Centre by contacting 01482 396176.
If you wish to make a general complaint about a problem odour then contact 01482 396 301.
To report any problem odour affecting your home/work or in street it is very important that you give your full name address and telephone number, exact date, time, duration and location that you have been affected.

Open letter on NHS reforms from Graham Stuart MP

April 13th, 2012

THIS WAS sent to us as an open letter from Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness. Published here for purposes of debate:

11 April 2012

Dear Sir,

Now is the time to celebrate the renewal of our National Health Service under the Conservatives. In East Yorkshire we know the realities. With a rapidly aging population and many elderly people in isolated locations the NHS has to be made more efficient and decisions brought closer to patients.

That is why this Government has taken action and cut the number of people waiting over 18 weeks for treatment to the lowest level ever. Mixed sex wards have been reduced by 95%. 15,000 administrators have gone and more than 4,000 doctors have been taken on. Hospital infections are at their lowest ever level. More than £8 billion has been saved by cutting waste while every penny has been reinvested in patient care.

But this isn’t enough. As well as real terms budget increases (which only the Conservatives have pledged) the NHS has to be reformed. That’s why we passed the Health and Social Care Act. Now doctors, not bureaucrats, will drive local health care, patients will have more information and control and public health will be enhanced. Two whole tiers of bureaucracy are being abolished, saving more than £4.5 billion in this Parliament, and ten years of lost productivity under Labour will be reversed.

The NHS faces formidable challenges but, renewed by the GPs in our local Clinical Commissioning Groups, we can be confident that, under the Conservatives, the NHS will meet those challenges and provide a better service than ever.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Stuart MP

Letter of Thanks

November 11th, 2011

This is a letter sent to Councillor John Wilkinson, the Chair of the Environment & Regeneration, Overview and Scrutiny sub-Committee, East Riding Council after attending its meeting on Wednesday 2nd November. It’s a simple ‘thank you’ letter:

Petition Response: Thank you to Environment & Regeneration OSC and officers

Dear Councillor Wilkinson

This is to offer my thanks – and those of the petition signatories – for the prompt consideration and response of the sub-committee and its officers to the Saltend Smells petition submitted in September 2011.

The sub-committee has acted quickly to re-assure residents that action will be taken in the event of a re-occurrence of foul odours from the Waste Water Treatment Works at Saltend. You have pledged to act pro-actively to counter odour problems and even convinced Yorkshire Water to do likewise.

There is a cynicism that ‘signing a petition’, making a complaint or ‘having your say’ is a little pointless because nothing ever changes – however on this occasion the council has clearly listened and pledged to make a difference.

Hopefully, the incidents of offensive odours are now on the way to being sorted and we will have no need to return to you again on this matter.

With kind regards and many thanks.

Ray Duffill

Boundary Changes

October 19th, 2011

I’m doing an article for HU12 Online on the proposed boundary changes and the Public Hearings that are being held next week – will summarise views of those against proposals and of those in favour of moving South West Holderness into Hull East parliamentary constituency.

Please give your views here or on Facebook or as a comment – especially if you think it is a view that has not been heard:

Facebook and internet privacy – think before you post!

October 15th, 2011

Following the story about the teachers at South Holderness being suspended for posting about their students on Facebook:

I think everyone has the right to moan or complain about their place of work and what happens there! But you wouldn’t normally write a letter about that to the local newspaper! Think of Facebook as a very public letters page. Also, consider this – some employers actually use Facebook and other social networks to check you out before employing you. So are you happy with your Facebook public profile!?

Privacy, privacy, privacy! Set your privacy levels on Facebook – and then still don’t put anything on there that might be shared and passed on to others!

ANYTHING you say – or others quoting you or posting photos of you – which are then posted on the internet, are almost an indelible record! These can come back to haunt you in later years!

Have you got an experience to share about…

October 13th, 2011

Have you got an experience to share about Hospital Waiting Times? Or visiting a late-night chemist for a prescription? Then let ERYLINk – the community health watchdog – know all about it!

Apparently, the ERYLINk is meeting in Holderness on 15th November.

Debate on the Boundary Changes taking place on…

October 11th, 2011

Debate on the Boundary Changes taking place on Facebook Page and Twitter…. but what about on here? It’s quick and easy to register…. what are you waiting for? :-)


October 9th, 2011

When you find yourself at the Dashboard then click the highlighted name to return to the Letters Page and see the posting box. You can choose to do a Status Update or a Blog Post like this one with a title.

Had a few teething problems but if you’ve…

October 9th, 2011

Had a few teething problems – but if you’ve registered you should see the posting box now :-)

I’ll do some proper instructions for people joining…

October 9th, 2011

I’ll do some proper instructions for people joining – but hopefully this will all be straight forward…..? Just hit the REGISTER button!