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Safe Parking

Central Beds have issued their draft policy on parking

 CBC Draft Policy on Parking

Our letter published recently in Bedfordshire on Sunday and Times and Citizen:

Dear Editor, 

Parking Crisis in Ampthill

We are members of the Ampthill Community Safety Group (ACSG), which champions solutions to public safety issues on behalf the people of Ampthill and nearby villages.

We want to alert drivers and pedestrians in Ampthill's town centre - working, shopping or visiting - to the growing parking crisis. Even now there is widespread, illegal, unsafe parking: on pavements, over yellow lines on main roads and at junctions. There is negligible enforcement. It will get much worse with the developments of Ampthill Heights, Greensand Woods, The Limes, Warren Farm, and Swaffield Close, which will generate hundreds of extra cars.

It is little known that developers have no responsibility for the knock-on effect in town centres of the extra cars their development will bring. This is precisely the case in Ampthill. That responsibility lies with local authorities, who could have access to funds from the government's New Homes Bonus. However, money cannot buy space that is not available, and our Georgian town centre is already at bursting point for parking. Hence the crisis.

We encourage all of us in Ampthill and nearby to ask our elected leaders and officials: Just where will we be able to park safely in Ampthill town centre when all these homes are built?

Yours faithfully,


Community Speedwatch 


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