Parking to blame for shop closures

SO more town centre shops are to close this weekend.

It comes as no surprise to those of us who have long been dismayed at successive local administrations’ failures to understand a simple fact - why would one pay to park and shop in Hastings town centre when it is free to park on street in St Leonards, Bexhill, Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Rye town centres plus Bexhills’ Ravenside and Eastbournes’ Lottbridge Drove shopping centres?

Such inexplicable action discriminates unfairly against Hastings town centre traders and makes difficult times even trickier.

Come on guys, wake up and smell the coffee or perhaps that’s what you do want, a town centre void of shops but full of coffee houses, pubs, pawn brokers, bookmakers, fast food outlets etc.

Why not do the sensible thing and let people park on street for one hour to encourage short shopping trips and then enforce this robustly - simples!

MARTIN CONDON

Bentley & Hall

South Terrace