What do people really want from town?

PUBLISHED: 12:34 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:53 04 May 2010

HAVING moved away from Ely sixteen years ago I only return once or twice a year and during this time I have seen change. Ely still remains quaint, with free car parks and no multi-storey car parks, but also no shops for families. I now live in Bournemout

HAVING moved away from Ely sixteen years ago I only return once or twice a year and during this time I have seen change.

Ely still remains quaint, with free car parks and no multi-storey car parks, but also no shops for families. I now live in Bournemouth. I have all the chain stores on my door step, but also car parking is £1 per hour and there are concrete multi-storey car parks everywhere and night-clubs, bars, cinemas, casinos and jobs and entertainment for all.

All Ely has is the cathedral and a few shops. My family, as do many others, shop in Newmarket and other neighbouring towns. Maybe your council should ask local people what they really want from Ely.

Chain stores and night-clubs aid the local economy by providing jobs as well as a service to the local community who in turn put their wages back into the local community.

I love coming home to Ely but would love it more if my children could enjoy it too without wanting to know why there are no McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut.

SHIRLEY BENNETT

Cleveland Gardens

Springbourne

Bournemouth

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