We are on a downward spiral

Jane Hunter’s letter in last week’s Observer, about deprivation in Hastings, makes for grim reading.

I write to add my tuppence-worth to her point about the town being badly managed. Figures she quotes are for the period 2007-2015.

The Index of Multiple Deprivation for 2004 ranks Hastings 38th most deprived town.

We’ve been in a downward spiral for over ten years – 38th in 2004, 31st in 2007, 19th in 2011, 13th poorest town in the UK today.

Around 12 years ago the council embarked on a plan to decimate valuable characteristics of our town and countryside in pursuit of what’s called regeneration.

There are websites, elegantly printed brochures and hundreds of documents in support of their vision, but no evidence it could work.

Opinions differ over who’s benefiting from the vast sums spent, and it goes to show ‘However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results’.

The council’s failure to confront these figures, and act upon them, reveals how we’ve reached this sorry state.

Bryan Fellowes

Bulverhythe Road, St Leonards

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