Deprivation trend is clear

What a lot of nonsense from the leader of the council trying to explain Hastings’ pathetic performance in the Index of Multiple Deprivation tables (Observer, October 16).

In April, 2011, under the heading ‘Hastings is named the 19th poorest town in the UK’ the Observer reported that in 2007 the position was 31st.

The trend is clear, the situation is deteriorating, from 31st to 19th to 13th most deprived town in the UK.

To suggest ‘Hastings has, in general, become more prosperous’ and ‘has become more attractive as a place for new businesses to relocate to’ is absurd, the evidence clearly contradicts this.

He’s had a few weeks to look at the numbers and instead of seeing them for what they are – a measure of our poor performance relative to other towns across the country – we’re told ‘the picture is good’.

This is indicative of the shameful management of our town, where speculative property developments have wasted many millions in grants, ruined the town centre, delivered outcomes of no value to us residents.

Jane Hunter

Wellington Square


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