We should all come together

How very sad to read that ‘Hastings has become more deprived over the past five years’ (Observer: 16.10.15. ).

When you think that in one year Hastings received more core funding ‘per capita’ than any other local authority, this really does show that underlying problems are still failing to be addressed. Whilst both local and national representatives make excuses in your article, the churches and voluntary organisations pick up the pieces as best they can.

Elsewhere we are told of new skateparks and a multi-million pound Save the Pier project but what progress these if ‘income, employment, education, health, disability services, crime and housing’ remain wanting?

Hastings has a rare opportunity now with a parliamentary representative who sits around the cabinet table, right at the heart of government.

We must all, therefore, put aside political differences, recognise that priorities have not to date solved our town’s deprivation and as the King’s church leader says ‘pull together’ for the place we love.

I have never had much time for party politics at such a local level. All those who care from whatever sector of influence, should come together with a joint aim of lifting Hastings out of the doldrums.

Richard Stevens

All Saints Street


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