Getting around Kettering town centre can be difficult for older, less mobile people. With the bollards in place, disabled people can no longer drive through the town centre.

Some of my residents contacted me to bemoan the fact that they can no longer park in front of their bank or building society. So I promised to check out Shopmobility in the Wadcroft car park near Marks & Spencers. I was impressed by this service, which is easy to use.

It is open from 9.30am until 5pm from Monday to Friday. Hiring a scooter is free; you will simply be asked for a donation.

All you have to do – if your mobility is not very good for some reason – is complete a form on the first occasion. Scooters can be booked in advance (on 01536-412886), but booking is not necessary.

These scooters are becoming a familiar sight outside the banks and coffee shops in Kettering town centre, as a growing number of people find out how useful they can be. I have offered to accompany my residents on their first visit to Shopmobility, just in case it wins them over to try this useful service for the very first time.