Letter to the editor – 13th October 2020
I am writing to you to try and raise the profile of an issue people on the Isle of Wight are facing on a daily basis.
People are being prevented from getting to school and work due to social distancing restrictions being imposed on Hover and Fast Cat travel. This is preventing people from getting to work and adding unacceptable stress during an already stressful time.
I do not understand how people can get in a full flight for a holiday to Spain yet Islanders commuting have to miss a seat out between each person making all crossings hugely under capacity.
Getting employment either on the Island or mainland is already a challenge. Employers can be reluctant to employ people from the Island due to the perception that cancelled crossings will make you frequently late and an unreliable employee. The Hover are doing nothing to allay these fears or uphold the reputation of the Island as a place open for business.
Every day is turning into a battle to get to work and I risk losing my job due to the issue. I am a teacher and I have met other key workers, including doctors and nurses, experiencing the same issue.