Following a couple of very brief walks in Rye I would like to encourage residents to take their visitors to the “Belvedere” in Hilder’s Cliff to admire the luxuriant growth of a laurel-like shrub which, happily, completely obscures the really boring view of Romney Marsh and the distant hills behind Folkestone!
Close by, another interesting visit would be to the historic Turkeycock Lane, where a couple of year’s growth of grass and weeds lines the verges, now so redolent with the scent of canine urine that no monkish ghosts will be seen there.
Alternatively, they might care to wait for spring when the, otherwise pleasant, path between the fishing boats and the Salts will surely have an ankle-deep deposit of rotting leaves as it did last April – a mere six months after they were blown there by the autumn gales.
Rye is rapidly becoming a town of private wealth and public squalor – even if they can’t (or won’t?) do something about the appalling traffic and parking conditions the Council should at least be prevailed upon by the tax-payers to keep their town clean.
Fortunately there are still a lot of tourists here to keep commerce afloat but has anyone asked how many come more than once?
Christopher Melchers – (Native)