Councillors backs residents stepping up campaign for step-free access at Newbury Park tube

The latest campaign event from Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents' Association at Newbury Park station has received important cross-party support. 

In spite of the rain, residents and politicians gathered outside Newbury Park tube station this morning to step up their campaign for step-free access at the station. 

Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents' Association have been petitioning Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to complete the works that had been promised previously. Wes Streeting, Deputy Leader of the Council and Ilford North's Labour parliamentary candidate, joined Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, Leader of the Council Cllr Jas Athwal, local councillors including John Howard and Debbie Kaur-Thiara and Conservatives Lee Scott MP and Roger Evans AM to demonstrate important cross-party support for this campaign. 

Wes says: "As a local councillor for Newbury Park station, I know how much step-free access would mean to residents - particularly  the elderly and disabled. Too many of our local tube stations are inaccessible and it's time residents got the accessible service we deserve. Today was an important event, led by residents with cross-party support, to persuade Boris Johnson and Transport for London to act."

Following the event, Redbridge Conservative Leader Cllr Paul Canal was criticised for tweeting a cropped photograph, removing Wes and Mike Gapes MP from the shot, with the caption: 'Lee Scott MP supporting the Newbury Park "step free access campaign"'. Wes says: "I'm afraid this sort of stunt is what we've come to expect from the Conservative opposition in the Town Hall under Paul Canal's leadership. It's silly and churlish behaviour, but fortunately it does not reflect the excellent atmosphere and cross-party working on display this morning. We will continue to work with MPs and Assembly Members from all parties to get the result we all want to see."