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Fight for the Wight: Cowes joins the fight for funding

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 12:30

BUSINESS owners in Cowes have voiced their fears for the future of the Isle of Wight as the financial turmoil continues.
Many businesses in the town have given their support to the Fight for the Wight campaign, urging government to reconsider how the Island is funded following massive cuts to its public services.
Among those lending their support is Richard Quigley, owner of Corries Cabin.
He said: "It’s terrifying, we don’t even have the money to cover statutory services. In six to eight months it won’t just be the toilets and libraries that are affected. It’s difficult to believe the government would allow this to happen."
Also signing the petition was Clairey Meadowcroft, owner of Shorelines, Cowes.
She said: "Islanders understand and respect the need for austerity in order to reduce the deficit. However, the sale and closure of local parks, libraries and public conveniences is a great loss.
"The cuts to our police service, fire services, road safety and prisons are dangerous, and the cuts to vital services, such as mental health support, fostering and social care, are devastating.
"The loss of so many jobs affects the overall economy of the Island. If the lack of sufficient funding continues, the severe and detrimental impact will have major repercussions on our community for many years to come.
"We need to support the Fight for the Wight campaign together."
Ryan Williams, from Ginger greengrocers, said: "We have always got to support the local economy and the local area."
Adam Wright, from Hurst, said: "We have got to look after the Island community and secure the funding. More needs to be done for the Island and the government needs to address this."
Giles Newth, owner of Sails Cafe, said: "The money needs to go towards people who really need it, instead of those who aren’t making a direct positive contribution to the Island."
Also supporting the campaign in Cowes are Chivertons of Cowes newsagent, Beresford barber shop, Hamiltons butchers, and Tiffins Cafe.

 


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