VIDEO: Desperate plea to end parking ‘crisis’

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Parking in Ampthill has reached “crisis point” with a campaign launched to lobby the government to take urgent action.

The problems in Houghton Close have resulted in incidents of road rage, near misses, vehicles mounting the pavement, and a car ploughing through the doors of a GP surgery.

Debbie Barry, practice manager for Houghton Close surgery and Dawn Moor, practice manager for Greensand surgery. PNL-151102-135405001

Debbie Barry, practice manager for Houghton Close surgery and Dawn Moor, practice manager for Greensand surgery. PNL-151102-135405001

Now staff at three GP surgeries in Oliver Street, Houghton Close and Greensand surgeries, which collectively cater for up to 20,000 patients, have launched a campaign with the help of MP Nadine Dorries demanding something is done.

They say the surgeries, which share the land with an ambulance station, children’s nursery and daycare centre have parking for just 20 vehicles with the recent relocation of 20 additional NHS staff causing the situation to spiral out of control.

Ms Dorries, who plans to present a petition, backed by the T&C, to Parliament next month, said: “There is a lot of growth taking place in Ampthill at the moment, but it seems as though the primary care group is the ‘Cinderella of Ampthill’ - they have had none of the recent investment or money.

“I have been told stories of road rage, a car crashing into the surgery doors, and cars mounting the curbs almost knocking down patients.

“It has become a crisis situation - and potentially very dangerous. It is imperative this situation is addressed now.”

The three GP practices, which cater for 18 villages across central Bedfordshire, is owned by the BCCG and Central Beds Council.

Central Beds Councillor Mark Smith said: “Ampthill Town Council has for sometime been trying to get these parties together to thrash out a solution to parking and safety issues in the area and we would welcome our MP bringing her influence to bear to make this happen.

“The council’s role has always been that of a broker to find a solution and any funding would have to come from the land owners.”

For a video with Ms Dorries and surgery staff go to www.bedfordtoday.co.uk