Why have people stopped visiting?

Rye and Battle Observer letters
Rye and Battle Observer letters

From: Paul Hoggarth, Marley Lane, Battle

While parking is quoted as the main reason for the decline of Battle as a shopping, browsing and visitor location, there are other reasons.

There are numerous vacant premises on the High Street, always the sign of a community moving downmarket. Outside one is a resident beggar and on some days there are two beggars one on each side of the street, another sign of downward movement.

The roundabout by the fire station will soon look untidy as the grass will remain uncut giving a run down image to visitors and residents alike.

I see or hear no action about the need to move through traffic away from the High Street, the town is clogged with traffic all day every day, vehicles of all sizes and shapes are apparently free to pass through, there is no traffic management.

Ever tried to cross the street between the pedestrian crossings?

It is not an attractive environment.

There is a need for some initiatives. The town of Battle is crying out for a traffic by pass, the empty bank and shop units could have local information and illustrations in their windows, the beggars need to be told they are not welcome and the grass should be regularly cut.

There are parking issues in every city, town and village and Battle should take a wider look at why people are no longer visiting the town.

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