Bexhill’s sleepwalking into problems. There is a lot of talk, but it appears not much real action or decision making.
We need joined up thinking in place or this town is going to gradually drift into being behind the times and on a downward spiral. The issues are:
Parking. Its becoming increasingly difficult to park in town, driving away shoppers and visitors.
Local businesses are reporting growing problems. What’s needed is to get parking under the wing of the local authority (as suggested two years ago) because the police don’t police it so people abuse the two hour waiting time – but nothing is moving.
A259. Nothing’s moving on the A259 either, and that’s because the pedestrian crossing at Glyne Gap is constantly in use stopping the traffic flow.
It was suggested a year ago there should be a footbridge instead – but nothing has been done. High speed trains. They are due to come here, opening up commuting to London – always a boost to the local economy and house prices, but where will the commuters park?
Housing development. The new housing development off the Northern Access Road is due to start next year delivering 1,000 new homes,(given the road isn’t sabotaged, and sorry to the wildlife lovers but if its a choice between Bexhill and badgers, its a no brainer).
If those new people are not to desert the town to do their shopping, guess what?
Parking needs to be sorted, and the A259 needs to be able to cope.
The future of this town depends on developing new areas, encouraging business to invest by moving to the town, and increasing visitors to come and spend their money.
And if there is no influx of new people, and nowhere to park then it wont happen.
And, finally, there’s a campaign growing to get the final 18 miles of the A21 dual carriagewayed in order – again – to improve communications and encourage new investment in Hastings and Bexhill.
But just watch the tree huggers sabotage it. Sorry for the rant, but we do need to take a good hard look at this town’s future and how it needs to develop, and there are solutions, they are just not happening.
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