Rosie and Labour Councillor for Gorrell, Bernadette Fisher, have teamed up to lobby Network Rail for better access facilities at Whitstable Train Station. Joining Rosie in Westminster, Bernadette relayed concerns about the state of the Stream Walk path that some residents with mobility issues have to use to cross platforms if they are unable to use the bridge. Rosie says, ‘we don’t want to replace the current beautiful bridge at Whitstable station, but we need to look at getting a second bridge with a lift, or installing appropriate ramps. I am hearing from constituents with mobility issues who are left frustrated and often frightened at having to use the stream walk path late at night to cross platforms, or to reclaim their vehicles from the car park after a day’s commute’. The meeting was a constructive one and both Rosie and Councillor Fisher will look to take plans forward back in town.
On the 23rd September, the Constituency Labour Party are hosting a short cycle ride around the ring road in Canterbury, as an act of protest. This is in conjunction with the World Car Free Day on the 22nd of the same month.
The ride which has the full support by Rosie Duffield MP, Labour City Councillors and green ambassadors from across the area, will start at the Victoria Hotel on London Road at 16:00 and will slowly cycle around the flat ring road. It will finish up at the Guildhall near Westgate Tower.
The aim of the cycle ride is to put pressure on Canterbury City Council, to support moves to lower engine and other carbon emissions and to focus on initiatives to reduce congestion in the city. The group, led by local campaigner, David Ewens, is looking for concerned residents to join them on the 23rd. All abilities are most welcome; the ride will be slow and fun. Come and make friends and campaign for a greener city.
Rosie Duffield says, ‘This will be a fantastic event, drawing attention to an issue often forgotten by some of our city leaders; I am supporting David Ewans and Alan Baldock, the leader of the Labour Group of Councillors, in this excellent initiative’.
There is a Facebook Group for the event called ‘Canterbury Car-Free Day Cycle Ride’ or e-mail the team to express interest on the e-mail address at [email protected]