By Pip Hazelton / Latest News / 0 Comments
Dear Gazette
I attended a fascinating Zoom meeting organised by Canterbury City Council this week about their Pollinator Plan. Council officials, bee experts and others with considerable knowledge in the subject of bio-diversity, described the pressing need to create bee friendly corridors around Kent to help our many endangered pollinator species. Without these pollinators our crops and hedgerows, gardens and parks will struggle. I learnt that not all bees are the same and that different crops need different bees to make them grow.
 The Council has set up a working group to consult on and inform this plan and it was clear from the presentations that an existing Bee corridor that stretches along our North Kent coast, is vital for the survival of many species of bee. There also appeared to be widespread recognition of and support for the need to create a second corridor from Ashford, through Canterbury along the River Stour and on to the sea at Sandwich. If the habitat gets broken up, built on, sprayed with too much insecticide etc then the bees won’t be able to travel far enough afield to do their vital work. The council staff involved are knowledgable and seem committed to working with landowners, environmental experts and others to create their Pollinator Plan. Why then did the same City Council dig up flower beds in the Westgate Gardens intending to turf them over? Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left is doing! Apart from the environmental vandalism, what on earth were they thinking? – Surely they must know how attractive and welcoming those flower beds are are, close beside the river and the Westgate Tower. They must be among the most photographed spots of our beautiful city and apart from the pleasure they give, the sharing of those images is free publicity world wide for Canterbury as a holiday and visitor destination. 
To their credit, the council has realised their mistake and responded to the widespread outcry, by promising to restore the flowerbeds.  Well done to the community groups and individuals who have brought about this change of heart. 
Pip Hazelton
Labour and Co-operative Candidate Westgate
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Pip Hazelton and Mel Dawkins have been litter picking up your way and listening to you about the things that matter.

Pip has stopped taking her granddaughter to the play park because the swings were taken down months ago and STILL haven’t been replaced:

“I’ve noticed lots of children have these new scooters and I’m worried that the lack of action by the council in sorting out the parking at the junction by the green, means that there could be a serious accident before long”.

Mel has seen how the worn-down speed bumps and neglected road surfaces make the estate look uncared for as well as being a safety issue:

“The verges and pavements need better maintenance too. This could be a much nicer place to live if the councils just got their act together”.

Your current County and City Councillors don’t seem to have been able to get these things sorted!

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Walking and cycling around the centre of our City should be safe, healthy and enjoyable. But currently it isn’t.

Two main reasons are:

  • Polluting traffic causing poor air quality especially around the level crossing in St Dunstan’s, London Road and St Peter’s Place.
  • Speeding vehicles and lack of cycling provision deter local people from leaving their cars at home for shorter journeys

Pip Hazelton will promote walking and cycling by

  • Working on routes into and across the citybased on Canterbury Labour’s ‘Top 10 Walking and Cycling Asks’.
  • Ensuring the cross-party initiative for 20mph zones is fully implemented and extended
  • Creating more cycle racks and electric car charging points– taking over under-used council owned car parking spaces where necessary.
  • Working with existing environmental and other community groupsto maximise buy in.

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