Chris Heaton-Harris has represented Daventry and surrounding areas in Parliament since 2010 and in that time he has seen millions of pounds invested in the town and its infrastructure.
From new education facilities to improvements to shops, he has told the Daventry Express that there is a lot going on locally that you may not realise.
He said: “I’ve been Daventry’s MP for nearly four years now and have been around the area for a lot longer than that – and like everyone else I have been watching the developments in the centre of the town. Indeed some, like the University Technical College, I campaigned hard alongside others to get.
“I know there are hopefully lots of good things in the pipeline too; from a new cinema to a new supermarket with, importantly, a supermarket petrol outlet – something I expect will drive down fuel prices in town, which are currently much higher than surrounding areas.
“However, one thing we don’t do that often, is notice what we already have. People often moan that high streets are the same everywhere, with the same shops and the same stock wherever you go.
“Daventry is different. Yes, it has some well known high street brands – and lots of people would like to see more of these come to the town – but we are lucky to have some excellent local independent retailers. Be it the bags and jewellery sold in The Shop Around The Corner near the library, Peter Harper’s men’s and women’s fashion store in Sheaf Street, the long-established Males furniture store or the large number of quality hair salons and places to eat, there is already a good retail offer locally. And we have free parking! I believe the town is on the up. But you don’t have to take my word for it – just look at all the investments being made in it: Stagecoach has invested more than £1 million on new buses to serve Daventry; the Post Office has just spent tens of thousands upgrading the main post office and the services it offers and Waitrose has just spent £2 million upgrading its store here.
“These businesses are all national businesses, they can spend their money anywhere, but they have chosen to invest in Daventry because it is a town going places.
“Yes, things can always improve more, but don’t knock what we already have – use it and be proud of it.”