- Posted by: Canterbury Labour
- Category: Latest News
As we know since lockdown many more people have been cycling and walking to get around, wouldn’t it be great to continue this trend, after the lockdown is over.
The government has recently announced a £2 billion package for councils across the UK to develop and expand cycle , e-scooter and foot paths in their cities and surrounding villages.
This is a golden opportunity to look forward beyond lockdown, to grasp this initiative which could provide employment, improve our environment, safeguard our air and put this into action as soon as possible. For many years residents have been calling for better connectivity in and around Canterbury and Whitstable ; more paths to get children to and from school safely, directly and routes getting us seamlessly from east to west, north to south.
There are so many options and we have so much expertise already in our local community, some who have in some cases already drawn up routes and maps of where these new routes could go.
Our council needs to provide a vision for the future of Canterbury and Whitstable and the creation of cycleways with this grant should be central to that vision. Labour councillors will be campaigning for this unique opportunity to be grasped.
WIth the climate emergency declaration to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 this will be a huge step in the way to reaching the target.
Councillor Mel Dawkins (St Stephens)
Councillor Val Kenny (Gorell)