Further to the letter from Ivan Burge published last week it is correct that many jobs in Hastings and St Leonards are low paid, seasonal and increasingly zero hours.
It is true that poor rail and road links put off employers from setting up businesses in the area. The withdrawal of government grants for impoverished areas does not help.
There are indeed many large and long empty buildings in the town and surrounding areas that could attract business in the process leading to more jobs, increased income for the population and extra tax revenue benefiting both the state and local council services.
We need the government to improve transport resources and work with the council to improve the availability of affordable housing. We also need local authorities to take over those large empty buildings and encourage new businesses to move into them.
If this is done then Hastings and St Leonards will prosper creating new jobs, increasing wages and taxation income to pay for services both for the national and local governments.
Those are the challenges to be met. Let us work with the local council, our local MP and business to achieve that growth.
I hope that the latest annual local job fair to be held this Friday at the White Rock Hotel helps to create decent well paid jobs for those needing work.
There is a better future for the area if we can resolve these issues.
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