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Calls to make floating bridge free for parents taking children to school and suspend charges for other passengers

Calls have been made to make the floating bridge free for parents taking children to school. Picture by Sandra Power.

Calls have been made to make the floating bridge free for parents taking children to school. Picture by Sandra Power.

Haydn Taylor

htaylor@iwcpmail.co.uk

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:36

THREE Isle of Wight councillors have prepared motions to suspend foot passenger charges on the Cowes floating bridge which has been beset by problems since its launch in May.
The motions will be debated by the full council on July 19 when campaign group Floaty McFloat Farce plan to protest outside county hall.
Cllr Julie Jones-Evans and Cllr Karl Love propose: "That Isle of Wight Council suspend, in light of the ongoing issues of the floating bridge, foot passenger charges for the foreseeable future and until such time that all the current issues have been fully resolved.
"This should be reviewed again after the recommendations of the public enquiry are submitted for reflection and discussion at full council."
Cllr Julia Baker-Smith has prepared a motion to remove passenger fees for parents walking their children to school on the other side of the River Medina, which she claims costs up to £6 per day.
She said: "This presents a potential and unnecessary barrier to low income families to maintaining school attendance.
"This council resolves to ask the executive to provide free travel for parents escorting their children to school where they live on the opposite side of the river to the school their child attends."
East Cowes community organiser Angie Booth welcomed the proposals.
"The council are adamant that the charges remain in situ," she said.
"The charges are having a huge impact on local residents and tourists."

 


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