Positive “Sunday Times”


It’s official, we are on the “must go to” map! And for anyone who saw this week’s (April 4) double page spread in the Sunday Times entitled “Coastal Clapboard Chic” the message was abundantly clear. Rye and Camber are regarded as two of the most popular areas to visit and, if anyone is thinking of buying here, they had better get their skates on as, apparently, house prices in Rye have increased by 10% since 2019, but in Camber prices have risen by a staggering 38%, according to Rightmove, the property portal.

The article also highlights Dungeness, Peasmarsh and Winchelsea, and what fabulous national exposure, and what perfect timing, just as our high street shops and businesses are coming out of lockdown in readiness for the influx of additional visitors.

This could be the boost we have all been waiting for, bringing much needed business to our area and to kick start the local economy even before the usual summer invasion.

And, as if this was not enough, did you see For the love of Britain this week on ITV? It was on Tuesday night at 7:30pm narrated by Julie Waters and featuring actor Robert Bathurst who walked through Rye to Camber Sands, his home for more than 20 years. And the programme also featured Barry Yates at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with some uplifting wildlife footage, a welcome and very timely expose of our stunning coastline, and just what we need at the moment.

With April 12 just around the corner and with non-essential shops, bars and restaurants primed and ready to open (for outside consumption only), let’s hope they have ordered enough stock, as they might just need it!

Image Credits: Sunday Times .

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