Council has a down on commuters and motorists
THERE appears to be an element in the council that has a down on the commuter, and cannot see that that may be the only way of having employment of any value to those concerned. The number of persons moving into the area because of the permitted building
THERE appears to be an element in the council that has a down on the commuter, and cannot see that that may be the only way of having employment of any value to those concerned.
The number of persons moving into the area because of the permitted building that is taking place also needs to be recognised. There appears to be little real employment in the Huntingdon area available to newcomers, so where are they going to work? Away from the area. At least they are using public transport for part of the journeys.
It has to be realised that the station car park is nearly always full from an early hour each day. So other sites have to be used.
The idea of milking the motorist for every penny available seems to be in the mind of the local councillors this time, but they have short memories.
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A few years ago did they not put a new charge on parking in Ramsey? Some had decided not to go to Ramsey as the number of shops seemed to make it unviable. After comments from the business group charges were revised.
Why not do that with Huntingdon? Have we anything so special in the centre? Not really, so why go there for a month or so? Travel instead out to Bar Hill, Hampton, Peterborough, Kempston, Bedford, or even Chatteris, March, St Ives or St Neots.
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It will not take long for the board of commerce to see what is happening and put it to the council that, unless things are looked at, all that we will have left is a ghost town. There would be a new office block for the council and the social landlord but little else of real note.
Many of the businesses rely on shopping being done with a car. Without this system of shopping the volume would not sustain the business. The day of shoppers carrying 20kg and getting onto a bus and then walking a mile home are well gone, whether you like it or not.
I would suggest some of the people in this town want to look around them and realise too many of us are part of the "bulge'' and arrived in this world between 1939 and1956. We are not about to do our National Service again, so we do not need a council to tell us how live our lives too. I would suggest they need to look at who elected then, they are not there for ever and, if the town suffers because of them, whom do they think they represent?