Driving Test Centre (Wellingborough)

Petition – in the House of Commons at 6:49 pm on 11th June 2008.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 6:49 pm, 11th June 2008

On Saturday, I attended an open-air protest meeting with more than 100 driving instructors, complaining about the closure of Wellingborough driving test centre as a result of the Government not getting a derogation from European Union law. I would like to present their petition, which states:

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of residents of the Borough of Wellingborough and surrounding areas,


That the Government is forcing the closure of the Wellingborough Driving Test Centre which is a loss of another public service to the local area. Wellingborough is part of the South Midlands and Milton Keynes Core Spatial Strategy and is expected to expand by between a third and a half in the next few years. Driving instructors and pupils will have to travel to Kettering Driving Test Centre, 9 miles away. This will cause inconvenience, increased CO2 emissions, additional cost and annoyance to the residents of Kettering.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Transport to reconsider her decision to close Wellingborough Driving Test Centre.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


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I didn't know anything about this until now. I would like to add my voice to that petition.

Submitted by Marty York