Contempt for law and order

I would like to tie together the first three letters in the Bexhill Observer, July 1: C. Benson, on Bexhill’s lousy drivers; Janet Dunkley on double yellow lines improving school-run chaos; and Chris Roswell on free parking at Little Common to encourage ‘run’ drivers to walk to school.

Orders, by-laws, law and order are great. But if it’s obvious that there is no-one about to enforce them, a lot of people show their contempt for such things.

As a pedestrian, it would be nice if telepathy was possible, to know which was a driver was going before we went somewhere together.

As for yellow lines, Bexhill is full of them. Sadly, you rarely see them because of the cars, vans and lorries actually parked on them!

The worst example of this is the stretch of London Road from the crossing to the chip shop opposite the fire station.

For six days a week, for most of the day, my only surprise is (with yellow lines full of vehicles and double parking opposite) that the traffic moves at all. On Sundays, you see a bit more of the double yellow.

As for our Devonshire Square Post Office, the blatant disregard for law and order is breathtaking.

Not only are yellow lines eclipsed, it is sad to see many people needing the disabled spaces.

However, Bexhill’s healthy sea air must work its miracle as I rarely see any of these drivers looking less than fiddle-fit as they stride away.

Sadly, for Little Common, school runs bring out the worst in many drivers. I once had a vet appointment.

My return taxi was at the Beeching Road/London Road junction.

My cat and I waited, and waited. Being 3.20pm, the ‘keep clear at all times’ grid never was. My taxi fare was twice the usual cost.

Free parking might work, but don’t bet on it. There is a breed of drivers who, given half the chance, would drive right into classrooms to collect their offspring as the art of ‘walking’ is not on the school syllabus.

Should we be able to regain some order to our town, then we will truly be able to say, ‘this was our finest hour’.

Peter Booth

Sewell Avenue


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