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]
Today Rosie brought together local activists, Green Party members, academics including Professor Stephen Peckham from the University of Kent and concerned residents to discuss the environmental issues facing our beautiful constituency. The overarching message received from today’s meeting was the need to ensure that all local developments are environmentally sustainable.
Amongst other issues discussed were problems arising from the Local Plan. Other issues were raised by the Mayor of Fordwich, Philip Lewis, and other residents such as campaigner Alan Holden with regards to the Sturry Link Road and the Richborough Connection. The idea of making Fordwich, with its important heritage and historical buildings, a residents’ only, no through-road village, was also discussed.
The most troubling issue raised related to the air quality in areas of Canterbury. One particularly polluted area of our city is Wincheap where it is estimated that the Nitrogen Oxide levels are 25% above what they should be. It was agreed that Rosie will continue to encourage modal shift away from cars, towards cycling and other more efficient modes of transport. Rosie supports calls for Canterbury to become a Smart City, using technology to enhance sustainable environments.
As a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group, Rosie has asserted her commitment to environmental issues. Further meetings with local experts, activists and citizens such as the one held today will give Rosie the ammunition needed and support to fight for our constituency in Parliament.