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The Ryde Society – love where you live

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The Ryde Society is a non-political body that has been established to conserve, enhance, and support the regeneration of Ryde to ensure that it remains a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

The Georgian town of Ryde has a bustling centre full of independent shop, restaurants and businesses that have all been recently impacted. The coronavirus response appeal has seen the community of Ryde come together and unite in these difficult times. The Ryde Society is championing the voice of local businesses as well as supporting the positive regeneration of the town as we move towards the future.

The Society is currently making sure that all their contacts are informed about Island businesses that remain open and are those that are providing services.

They are also championing projects that will benefit the community such as the recent approval of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) by Isle of Wight Council. The plan, that focuses on Ryde and Newport is aimed at increasing walking and cycling networks across the island and promoting sustainable transport over a 10-year period. This will be critical as the lockdown restrictions are lifted but social distancing measures remain. The society will be there to hold public bodies accountable to act in the interest of Ryde and support the delivery of public health outcomes by creating a greener and more active community, improving resident and visitors’ health and wellbeing.

What we do may not seem to be linked to disadvantaged groups, but it most certainly is, as this town needs to be able to give people a 'hug' when you live in it, I think this crisis has made people, more than ever, appreciate how important it is to love where you live and we need people who represent the whole of our community to join The Ryde Society and help make sure the town recovers and moves forward in a way that benefits everyone.

If you want to get in touch, become a member or want to get involved with the future development of Ryde then please visit: http://www.therydesociety.co.uk/

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