THE Prime Minister has said that parking charges in market town’s like Chippenham or Melksham should be made easier to boost trade.

Mr Cameron was speaking in response to Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan's first question at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Ms Donelan did need a little bit of help from speaker John Bercow who had to call for order after Ms Donelan was interrupted after blaming declining market town high streets on "years of Labour neglect".

The Conservative MP asked what support Prime Minister David Cameron could offer the market towns of Chippenham, Melksham, Corsham and Bradford on Avon.

In response, Mr Cameron said: “I do know her constituency well and spent a lot of time there with her before the election.

“What I would say to her is that the offer of devolution is not limited to cities, we’re just as open to proposals from towns, counties and districts.

“What we need to help our high streets is a strong economy, to press ahead with local plans, to deregulation of the class orders which sometimes prevent redevelopment taking place and I would also argue in the case of market towns we should making parking easier and preferably free.”