Mr Turner will be available to meet Islanders and discuss any issues or problems they may have from 10:30 to 12:30 in Ryde bus station. The advice surgery will be held on the top floor of a double-decker bus parked near the bridge next to the Hovertravel terminal. Anybody waiting to see Mr Turner can be seated comfortably downstairs.
Mr Turner commented:
“It is not always convenient for people to come to my weekly Newport surgery to see me, and sometimes they just want to raise a small niggle or discuss a topical issue they are concerned about. For that reason I am always keen to get out to talk to people at places convenient for them. As well as knocking on doors on Saturday mornings and my annual Summer Surgery tour around the Island I have also held supermarket surgeries which have been very popular. This is my first ‘Big Bus Surgery’ and I am grateful to Southern Vectis for making it possible. Please do come along if you are in the area – even it is only to say ‘Hello’.”
Matt Kitchin, General Manager of Southern Vectis added :
“I think this is a great idea and Southern Vectis are very happy to be supporting it. We have lots of people come through Ryde bus station on a Saturday and now they can just drop in to see their MP as they go about their business. They can have privacy on the top floor and a comfortable place to wait downstairs. Andrew is on our series of ‘Island Thinkers’ buses – and we will be using the bus that features him for this surgery. There will be no reason for anybody to miss him as there will be a 8ft high picture of him on the side of the bus!”