St Leonards ‘bursting into life’

Norman Road, St Leonards

Norman Road, St Leonards

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I DO not recognise Central St Leonards as a ‘particularly run down area’, as Mr Hillier calls it (St Leonards has been forgotten - Letters September 28) nor the local elected councillors he describes.

The local Central St Leonards councillors are Jeremy Birch, council leader and hardly likely to forget the centre of St Leonards and Trevor Webb, also a county councillor I believe. Both live locally and are highly visible and approachable.

So is our local MP, Amber Rudd who is frequently seen in St Leonards and also very approachable.

As for the area being ‘particularly run down’, where has Mr Hillier been recently?

Norman Road has long been acclaimed for its interesting shops, galleries and eateries, achieving praise in the national press. It has even been described as Portobello by the Sea, which I will admit is going a bit far.

There are some excellent shops, cafes and restaurants along the seafront.

After some time in the doldrums, Kings Road seems to have burst into life with two new antique shops and some other interesting individual businesses such as the new art gallery and with a vegetarian cafe on the way.

The formerly gloomy Western Road now has the Roomz, a delicatessen, an award-winning Indian restaurant and now a wonderful community garden.

Even dull London Road is picking up with a smart pets’ parlour, a cafe/art gallery, the stylish new boutique Who Wears What, creative florist Bobos and a new pub.

Add in established businesses such as Bookers, florists La Collina, the electrical wonderland of Adams and Jarrett, and we are lucky to have a local butcher and greengrocer, so there are plenty of interesting choices.

I think I’ll stay in my Central St Leonards, not Mr Hillier’s.

ELAINE CUTHBERTSON

Central St Leonards