Council has given up on tourism

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ONCE again, your readers have lost sight of the council’s vision of the future for Hastings.

In his protest against moving Hastings Information Centre to Aquila House, Leon Tuppen (Crowded out by claimants, Observer, May 3) is right to highlight the costs of locating a benefits office alongside a tourist office at the town hall.

Cllr Gurney, in the same issue, tells of tourists ‘complaining of swearing, drinking and antisocial behaviour, even incidents of public nuisance involving dogs’.

Now, Adrienne Beaton (Observer, May 10), pleading to keep the town hall site for the information centre, argues ‘it was never going to work, not from day one and it should never have been considered’.

Next to this, Audrey Lanceman sees destruction by the council at St Leonards Gardens where the home and shelter for wildlife ‘has been pointlessly cut down‘ and ‘all the lovely blossom and berry bushes have been mindlessly destroyed’. In recent weeks there has also been comment about ‘a higher detection of bacteria’ in sea water.

To these discontents the message that the council has long given-up on the tourist trade is just getting through. Hastings bought the ’coastal business haven’ concept, which is responsible for empty office buildings in town and vacant industrial properties in the countryside. It’s to do with the race for prosperity in the global economy.

ERIC CHATER

Old London Road