Good first impressions

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Keith Chapman is right to question the wisdom of installing snack machines in town car parks (Letters, June 22).

Apart from the impact on the independent traders in town, the law of unintended consequences will apply to this strategy as it does to many others.

Visitors to the town will be presented with the off-putting sight of litter strewn around the machines.

Additionally, if the snack machines are intended to be open 24 hours, they will give people a reason to congregate in car parks late at night or even overnight, thus potentially presenting a threat to local residents. The town car parks are best seen as the ideal opportunity to give a good first impression to visitors to the town. Any changes to the way they operate should have this issue at the forefront of any decision making.

Elizabeth J Oakley,

Ashwell Road,

Bury St Edmunds.