Proposal to ban cars from town centre attacked by Shipley MP Philip Davies (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Proposal to ban cars from town centre attacked by Shipley MP Philip Davies
6:19pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
Cars should be banned from town centres, the Lib Dem transport minister claimed today – sparking a Coalition row.
Norman Baker hailed an experiment in a town he visited in Germany and argued a similar ban could bring back shoppers to British high streets.
He told a Glasgow fringe meeting: “I was in Southern Germany for a holiday a few years ago. I forget which town it was, but there were no cars in the centre at all. The place was heaving with people spending money.”
But the idea was attacked by Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, who said: “If Norman Baker’s plan to revitalise town centres is to ban cars from them, then God help us. The Lib Dems are clueless. How much shopping does he think people can carry on their bikes?
“I would prefer to listen to their views on revitalising town centres than Norman Baker’s.”