Let’s keep local shoppers local

Your article featuring the proposed restaurants for the Glyne Gap Field is a timely warning to everyone in Hastings and Rother.

Your interviewees’ comments are perceptive too.

A couple of eateries on the edge of that huge field may appear harmless enough now, but will certainly lead to the entire site becoming Ravenside Retail Park Mark II.

Therefore traffic destined for the Monopoly-money priced Link Road will then have yet more reason to stay on the Bexhill Road.

This is good news for us on The Ridge, but horrible for anyone near the A259.

Our planners are not noted for forward thinking, or indeed for thinking at all, but urgent debate is essential, especially for Hastings Borough Council (HBC).

Daytime trains from Eastbourne to Hastings are laden with shoppers toting the instantly recognisable Primark Stores carrier bags (unaffected by the plastic bag tax, so still issued free).

Local gossip is alive with excited rumours that Primark will move onto an expanded Ravenside.

A Primark ‘down the road’ will sound the death-knell of Hastings as a shopping centre of choice.

If HBC does not rapidly secure a Primark for Hastings it will be too late.

The historic excuse has been that HBC cannot offer premises large enough, but H&M managed to secure the area they wanted.

So come on Hastings: Primark will keep local shoppers local and attract new shoppers from Rother and beyond; also new desirable shops, rather than the flood of shoe shops and market-stall type retailers now occupying too much of Priory Meadow.

Erica Barrett

The Ridge


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