MR Uddin’s call for a transport link between West St Leonards and the Old Town in last week’s Observer is further evidence that some sort of vehicular ‘shuttle’ service linking both ends of the seafront would be a welcome initiative, and it is yet another example of local residents writing in support of something along the lines he suggested.
While a rail link could prove impractical for various reasons, I am reminded of the Liberal Democrat policy proposal for an environmentally friendly form of transport along the seafront which eventually won backing from all council groups about six years ago, but has not been followed up.
When Jerwood was originally given the go- ahead in the Old Town, the loss of car parking space was one of the inevitable consequences. How timely it would have been for some forward thinking to counter this by providing drivers with the option of using alternative parking, with the benefit of a hop-on hop-off facility nearby to take them back to Jerwood.
Now with the news of ‘interesting’ developments at West St Leonards which could open the door to more much needed resident/visitor attractions in that area, is it not time to give the link between west and east the attention it deserves?
Yet another reason to concentrate minds on this idea – if one is needed– is the emergence of our new pier.
Just imagine what a bonus it would be to link all three visitor attractions, making them easily reached by all, for a wonderful day out.
If we have missed the boat by failing to appreciate that the answer to the Old Town’s parking loss could have been overcome by access to and from alternative parking, the news of West St Leonards’ developments, plus the pier’s exciting plans, call for minds to get to work on what could be a real beakthrough for the whole town and a big bonus to add to our visitor attraction list.
Is this not worth allocating as a priority? We have a seafront cycle link – let’s plan to make it easier for all of us to enjoy what is and will be on offer throughout our borough.
PAM BROWN OBE