There was a great turnout at today's demonstration, especially considering that it was a Saturday morning and that the forcast thunder and lightning storm was quite obviously on its way.
We had some great conversations with local residents, who explained how important the crossing was to them in order to get access to,
- local public transport. Mandellive Road has busses every 15 minutes, on Southcourt they're once an hour, if you're lucky.
- the Post Office
- the supermarket
- the chip shop
- Stoke Mandeville hospital
We also heard that the local Police are finding this crossing closure problematic if foot patrols are to respond quickly between Mandeville and Souhcourt.
Below is a video of Clr Mark Bateman talking to residents about the campaign to have the crossing re-opened. Apologies about the quality of the sound, not up to our usual documentary standards.
You may see Mark, Carmel, Ansar and colleagues around Southcourt over the next week or so as we continue to speak to residents and build support for the re-opening of the crossing.
You can show your support by signing our petition, and also asking your friends and neighbours to sign if they also feel strongly about this issue.