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Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby Sagitar » Thu May 10, 2018 11:38 pm

Page 51 of the latest edition of the Times and Citizen has a series of public notices concerned with changes in parking arrangements in various streets in the town. I don't think I understand all the detail but some of the changes look like real spanners in the casual parking works.
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Postby mickmc » Sat May 12, 2018 8:07 am

It looks as though Waitrose staff may not be able to park along Bedford Street any more or at least some of it . The last article raised an eyebrow !
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby SCRABBLER » Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm

I noticed that at long last they are going to stop the parking at the top of Lea Road adjoining Brinsmade Road. Thank Goodness!!!
Perhaps we will be able to navigate that corner without taking our lives in our hands because of the bad parking by people who really should know better.
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Postby CardMan » Thu May 31, 2018 10:48 pm

Let's hope something is done about the occasional idiots whom park in the long stay car park despite being in the way of the charter market setting up.
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Postby SCRABBLER » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:30 am

Bring back the Market on the Square, like it used to be!!!
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Postby CardMan » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:42 am

SCRABBLER wrote:Bring back the Market on the Square, like it used to be!!!


Where's the Square?
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Postby SCRABBLER » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:15 pm

CardMan wrote:
SCRABBLER wrote:Bring back the Market on the Square, like it used to be!!!


Where's the Square?


The "Square" is that piece of land in front the shops (Richarson's et al) which has seats and trees on it plus, of course, the Pump.
The Market was always held on the "Square". There was a Fish Stall, Vegetable stalls, W.I., and so on. About 8 all told. On all other days except
Thursday mornings, the Square was car parking. There was probably 8 - 10 cars parked on the Square all day. Eventually the Town Council put a
time limit on it, so you could usually park for around a couple of hours.
The Pump was renovated back in the 70's when Mr Barden was Town Clerk, and hopefully it could still work if necessary. There was a large stone trough
by the Pump to take the water which was used when they drove cattle through the Town. (Before my time) That was moved and I am not sure where it is now.
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:30 pm

I see that this news had made local paper...

Times & Citizen Report - Fears ‘parking ban’ will kill town trade Ampthill

Worried business leaders in Ampthill fear new plans to slash the amount of on-street parking could sound the death knell for the historic Georgian market town.

Central Beds Council wants to put down double yellow lines along several roads in the town and limit the length of time people can park in other places. At the same time developers Dandara are appealing against a decision to refuse planning permission for eight more homes on the site of a 100-place car park near the church. And supermarket Waitrose have cut the maximum stay for shoppers in its car park to just 90 minutes.

Now local shopkeepers and business owners are demanding councillors urgently come up with a parking solution before Ampthill is turned into a ghost town. They point out that several town centre shops have closed in recent months, including the long-established Richardson’s jewellers, along with the town’s only bank. The latest victim is the popular Cook’s Collection shop and café in Bedford Street, who said on Facebook: “Unfortunately, due to the pressures facing such as the bank closure, Waitrose car parking issues and further planned parking restrictions, this has resulted in reduced footfall to all businesses.”

At a breakfast meeting organised by the Ampthill Business Chamber, Anthony Northey warned restricting on-street parking would “destroy Ampthill as a shopping centre”. He said: “Neither the town council nor Central Bedfordshire Council has a proper parking strategy.

“A survey showed there was a deficiency of between 100 and 150 parking spaces in 2014. Since then the population has mushroomed with large scale housing developments and now we face losing another 30 to 40 spaces. It’s stupid to ban parking without providing any alternative.”

Local builder Mick Driver told the meeting that both town and district councils had let the town down. He called on councillors to negotiate to buy the Dandar site from the developer and run it as a car park for people working in the town and those coming in to shop.

A spokesman on Ampthill TV Forum site said: “What will be left of the local shops? All we seem to have now is estate agents, eateries, coffee shops, and charity shops.”

Recalling the town during the 1980s, she added: “We used to have two chemists, four butchers, two or three grocers, a dairy, a DIY, a greengrocer and two or three clothes shops. “You could buy a pair of knickers or pants and the elastic to go in them. You could buy a coffee at the White Hart, to say nothing of the best fish and chips. You didn’t really need to go into Bedford. It was all on your doorstep.”

Read more at: https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/fea ... -1-8542402
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:38 pm

Everything seems like a badly co-ordinated mess....
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby CardMan » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:21 am

Ampthill already is a ghost town. :lol:
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby sizzla » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:38 am

CraftsbyCarolyn wrote:Everything seems like a badly co-ordinated mess....


Haven't you heard? It's the new British way. Trains, Brexit, the list goes on ...
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:46 pm

Yep....radio 2...Drive time taken over by Jo Whiney pretty much
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Re: Times and Citizen - Public Notices

Postby SCRABBLER » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:38 pm

As Central Beds seems to be in the mood not to approve a change of use to the developers, then now is the time for the Town Council to move itself and arrange Lease arrangements with them over a period of 10 to 15 years. Dandra would thereby retain the land and Central Beds could get their Parking Strategy worked out. I don't think C,B would be in a position to negotiate a lease with the Property Company if they turn down their application for the extra housing, but the Town Council would have no such constraints on them. Now is the time for someone to take the initiative.

There is no doubt if this was to come about the Town Rates would have to the raised slightly but surely a win win situation for business as well as visitors to the Town.

Come on Town Mayor make a move. Now is the time to show us what the Council is made of!!!
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