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Ryde backs battle to Fight for Wight

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 7:01

BUSINESSES in Ryde are supporting the Fight for the Wight campaign.
Helping to drum up support in the town were chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Charles Chapman, and chairman of the economy and tourism select committee, Cllr Wayne Whittle.
A number of town centre businesses have pledged support for the Fight for the Wight campaign, which is working to protect public services on the Island and secure more government funding for the cash-strapped council.
One in five children on the Island live in poverty and 35 per cent of Island families are affected by problem debt, which is more than twice the regional average of 17 per cent.
Cllr Chapman said: "This is why we are doing what we are doing — to make central government totally aware of the situation on the Isle of Wight.
"We must stand together, united as an Island. Divided we will go nowhere."
Ryde businesses supporting the campaign include Costcutter, in the High Street, Barrow Boys greengrocer, Fired Art, Phone Junction, Grace’s Bakery, Watson Bull and Porter and a number of seafront businesses.
Gurpreet Dhaliwal, who runs Costcutter, said: "We have got to stick together in this campaign and get the whole Island involved."
Carole Redrup, owner of Grace’s Bakery, said: "It is important we get more money for the council to protect the services it provides, such as schools and children’s services."
Steven Vanner, manager of Watson Bull and Porter, in High Street, said: "Fight for the Wight is battling to secure more funding for the council and to protect the services it provides, which is why I support the campaign."
Cllr Wayne Whittle, who has been in business in Ryde for 24 years and is chairman of the economy and tourism select committee at the Isle of Wight Council, said: "Ryde is full of small businesses and they all value the quality of the public realm and for that we support Fight for the Wight, because we need to maintain Ryde as a top UK visitor attraction.
"No one is going to look after Ryde better than Ryde itself but we still need funding."
Do you think government should do more to recognise the unique challenges faced by the Island - get involved in Fight for the Wight here.


James Schaverien, of Barrow Boys.


At Watson Bull and Porter are, from left, Simon Lee, Laura Groves, Emma McCarthy, Kimberley Summers, Steven Vanner and Daniel Mears. 


At Grace’s Bakery are, from left, Daniel Redrup, Carol Redrup, Collette Chandler and James Law.


Anne Brown of Fired Art.


Harbinder Singh, of Phone Junction. 

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