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As we ease out of lockdown it is heartening to see that the district recorded zero covid fatalities in the previous three weeks (No covid deaths in three weeks as lockdown eases, Gazette, 1st April 2021, p12). It is also encouraging that we can start to see a few more people outside and reconnect with loved ones. We all want to move back to normality as soon as is safe, but residents are telling me of their concerns about possible setbacks.

So, it was good to hear that through technology we can start to safely open up our high street. The Locale app sounds like a great way to help to begin the regeneration of the local economy whilst alleviating residents’ health concerns (App to help ease fears as lockdown is eased, Gazette, 1st April 2021, p26)

Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council have a massive part to play. They must come together to find ways to help local businesses and create jobs that also address health and environmental concerns.

If the eminent business forecaster Professor Richard Scase is right, and retail parks become a thing of the past (Retail parks could be gone in a decade, Gazette, 1st April 2021, p14), then the high street must grasp the opportunity to attract more visitors. This can only be done if KCC and CCC learn to adapt to a post-covid shopping experience. More attractions need to open up, and it’s great to hear that after two decades a new hotel will open in the location of the old Slatters hotel (Hotel to finally open more than 20 years after Slatters closed, Gazette, 1st April 2021, p5) – the restaurant sounds like a great space to relax. However, with more people visiting, our councils must anticipate what is needed to help our city flourish. A more affordable bus service, interconnected cycle routes that allow commuting, secure bike lockers, places to change out of bike gear with bike service stations, and more electric car charging points are all needed. All of this is necessary to combat predicted congestion and to improve air quality, it is this type of joined-up thinking that both KCC and CCC need to engage in.

Let’s boost the local economy but take note of the rightful concerns our local residents share.

Alister Brady

Labour and Co-operative Candidate for Canterbury City North

Canterbury

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We must not delay when we look to tackle the climate crisis. Kent County Council must deliver meaningful changes in response to the climate crisis to reduce air pollution, increase use of public transport, and reduce congestion in our district.

As your county councillor I will work to improve how we move around the city, through improvements to our cycling infrastructure and local public transport services.

The buying power of Kent County Council must be utilised to promote sustainability and take urgent action on the climate crisis. This can be done by promoting the need to invest in green sustainable jobs and industry.

These decisions must be taken now, not tomorrow, when we look to conserve biodiversity and protect the environment.

I will be your voice in local government to challenge the county council on its environmental shortfalls!

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Many residents are worried about job security and employment issues due to the pandemic. I believe that Kent County Council must play a leading role in helping our residents and the local economy get back on its feet.

KCC needs to support our city council with the regeneration of our high streets and as your councillor I will listen to local businesses to pursue ways for them to thrive going forward.

As a Labour trade union liaison officer and an employment working group organiser for the local party, I will engage in a positive proactive relationship with staff trade unions recognising the benefit they bring in representing our hard-working residents.

As the Labour and Co-operative party candidate for Canterbury City North I will support moves towards more sustainable models of business where Community mutual and Cooperative approaches offer opportunities for local people to be at the heart of local business.

On the 6th May you have the chance to vote for a Kent County Councillor who will look to find solutions to the issues that matter to you.

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