Bikers, boats and bank holidays

Migrants arrive at Pett Level

Next Monday, May 25, is the spring bank holiday, and currently the forecast is for a sunny day with temperatures perhaps reaching up into the twenties after a mixed, but warm, weekend of sun and cloud, with possibly some light showers.

And, possibly, the bikers will be back on Strand Quay and, possibly, Rother District Council will have opened the public conveniences, and possibly the bank holiday – like other bank holidays – will bring crowds of cars streaming down from London heading for Camber Sands, until the point where traffic comes to a standstill. And, as high tide is at lunchtime, the available beach space may get a bit crowded.

And, possibly, the coronavirus which has raged around much of London will reach here, and possibly yet another small boat, or two, or more will come ashore at Pett Level as it has before (see top photo).

But the lockdown imposed when the coronavirus pandemic came to the UK is being slowly lifted in stages by the prime minister so all things are possible.

Just one of those days in Camber

But this week’s edition, apart from carrying a lot of views in “Latest Comments” particularly about our previous stories “Camber battens down the hatches” and “What is the point?“, features a number of areas of concern.

Visitors are returning, but they are not always welcome – and some may be extremely unwelcome.

The bikers on Strand Quay have not made themselves very popular, and apparently a petition is circulating asking the Environment Agency to close their Strand Quay car park to these visitors.

More “boat people” have arrived at Pett Level, and previous arrivals have got two very different responses.

But the main news on Wednesday, the hottest day so far this year, which got a mention on BBC South East’s news, was the flood of cars into Camber – after what had been a comparatively quiet weekend – and, possibly, this coming bank holiday Monday will see more of the same.

Image Credits: Dietlind Löffler , John Zammo Barlow .


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