By Pip Hazelton / Latest News / 0 Comments

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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By Pip Hazelton / Latest News / 0 Comments

Blessed with green spaces, a beautiful river and World Heritage buildings, Canterbury should be so much better than it is. Years of Conservative rule have brought us:

  • Missed bin collections
  • Threats to wildlife and open spaces
  • Empty shops and a threatened street market
  • Air pollution at toxic levels
  • Broken street lighting
  • Housing waiting lists as long as ever

Instead of investing in these important areas, the council has wasted millions on an unnecessary car park and yet another shopping centre.

Pip Hazelton lives locally and sees these problems at first hand.

Having run a Social Services district she knows how to allocate resources to best effect and her working life has been dedicated to helping children and families. She will make your priorities her priorities.

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Dear Gazette
 
I read last week’s article ‘ with interest.
 
Despite some recent welcome additions to the council’s housing portfolio, our City Council is basically only keeping pace with those sold under right to buy. Our council house waiting list has not gone down and stands at around 2,500. 
 
This situation is not inevitable. Our country has in the past faced the pressing need to provide homes fit for heroes. The end of the second world war saw two significant investments in this county: firstly in the form of the National Health Service and secondly a massive house building programme. 
 
Both initiated by a Labour government and both are achievements of which we can all be justly proud. But while we rightly hear much about the precariousness of our beloved NHS, less is heard about the state of our council housing. 
 
The Council should be building quality, carbon neutral, energy efficient houses to provide homes, create stable communities and provide income for the council for decades to come.
 
Choosing to spend millions on the Station West car park instead of building homes for local people was poor decision making, to put it mildly and the car showrooms at Westgate would have been a good spot to build two bedroom council flats of which there is a shortage. Instead we get more student accommodation which we don’t need. The high cost of private renting across the District, contrasts with low wages. At one point last year there was only one two bedroom flat available for rent which someone on the minimum wage could afford. I challenge this Council to do more and to invest in homes for local people, rather than tolerating thousands on their waiting list making the dream of a secure council house rarer than hen’s teeth.
 
Yours
Pip Hazelton 
Labour and Co-operative candidate for Westgate
Old Watling Street
Canterbury