Support soars for Don't Let Dunstable Die group

More than 2,000 sign up

A Facebook group set up to act as a voice for Dunstablians has so far attracted an amazing 2,406 members.

Don't Let Dunstable Die was launched by Sharon Warboys and Sharon Knott, both big supporters of their home town.

They were soon joined by fellow Dunstablian Beverley Whayman, who has worked alongside them ever since.

And they have been meeting councillors and South West Beds MP Andrew Selous to put forward the views of members about how to boost the town.

Sharon Knott said: "I'm pleased that there are so many people who have the same passion that we have for Dunstable."

Feedback from group members included the strong feeling that there should be free parking, or reduced car park fees.

People in the group share the general concerns about Dunstable's traffic troubles, the number of empty shop units in the town centre and dirty and dilapidated premises.

The type of facilities they would like to see include a dedicated cinema, a toy shop, and more clothes shops for men, women and children.

Another idea is for the town to offer a greater choice of venues where young people could spend their time, instead of gathering in the streets.

Sharon Knott also talked of signs of positive action being seen, such as the tidy-up operation going on at some town centre shops.

"Things do seem to be happening," she said.

She feels that the town has a lot to offer, with its strong, friendly community spirit, Dunstable Downs on the doorstep and the rich history of the area.