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Nadine Dorries
Ampthill Needs A Car Park
Posted Wednesday, 18 June 2008 at 12:54

What enables the commercial heart of a town to survive is footfall. Shops rely on people stopping, getting out of their cars, browsing and buying.

So many towns and villages in England have become ghost towns, as local shops have struggled to survive due to parking restrictions.

I like to use a High Street chemist and I wish everyone did. I think they provide an essential service to communities, especially the elderly and those who don't drive or are unable to.

They are being squeezed by supermarkets, parking restrictions, and the general turn in the shopping trend to head for the larger chain stores.

Novelty gift shops depend on the impulse buyer who won't get that impulse if they are stuck in a car.

There are so many painted yellow lines in Ampthill, which scream out the subliminal 'not welcome here' message, that I'm not sure how the shops survive at all.

As an MP, it's so much easier not to have an opinion on local issues. I do have the option of writing back to constituents and saying thank you for your letter, I will forward on your concerns etc - but Mid Bedfordshire doesn't have a pen pusher for an MP.

Ampthill needs a car park with long stay parking for the use of residents and shoppers. There I've said it.

Now where is the digger? I need a bunker.

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