This year’s Community Safety Event allowed residents to talk to representatives from Crewkerne & District Community Safety Group, South Somerset District Council, Crewkerne Town Council, Somerset Road Safety, Avon & Somerset Road Safety Department and Police Community Support Officers. The event held in Falkland Square also provided an opportunity for members of the public to talk to Councillor Ben Hartshorn about the setting up of an Environment Working Group and post stickers on a Climate Neutral By 2030 board, each person invited to mark three priority actions which the town council should take to achieve their aim of Crewkerne becoming carbon neutral by this date. Information was also available on Health Walks, Dog Patrols and the Careline Scheme from the SSDC stand.
One of the local community’s major concerns raised with the representative from Crewkerne & District Community Safety Group, Robbie Heyd-Smith, was the critical situation at Crewkerne Health Centre with the question asked: “Does a fatality have to happen before something is done about it?” Crewkerne Health Centre is part of Symphony Healthcare Services who were set up to, “help GP practices who were struggling to cope with increasing patient numbers, more complex medical conditions and recruiting GPs.” From comments made at the Community Safety Event, it would seem that their mission statement is proving hard to achieve, as reports suggest that Crewkerne no longer has any full time doctors at the Health Centre, only part-time General Practitioners, known as locums, emergency appointments are like “gold dust” and the medical practitioners do not have time to consult medical records to converse themselves with a patient’s medical history due to pressure of time, resulting in a significant number of patients looking to register with other Somerset/Dorset doctor’s surgeries outside of the practice boundary. Crewkerne & District Community Safety Group agreed to raise these concerns at their next meeting.