Saturday, June 20 was a beautiful day and, as expected, the town had many visitors as well as the bikers at Strand Quay. Some shops on the High Street were tentatively open and hopefully they had some customers shopping within the government’s guidelines – and the business community certainly needs a boost after such a long downturn.
The problem, though, is that while the town is providing a little more with the loosening of the lockdown, it is necessary to look after the visitors and locals which means the toilets need to be opened.
People have had to watch some unpleasant incidents of individuals relieving themselves in various corners of Strand Quay. And I understand why they are shut. Toilets in Rye and Hastings have no attendants, as they do on Camber beach, to clean them from time to time during the day, because it costs money – which local councils should find in order to support the local economy when it attracts visitors.
On top of that, more bins are needed on Strand Quay where the land the bikers and visitors use to eat their fish and chips, as its a lovely spot, belongs to the Environment Agency. And the seagulls don’t help of course if they can get at the rubbish. But, once everyone has gone, locals like to stroll along the quay and sit to watch the sun go down and it is not pleasant to see the day’s rubbish which people have left behind.
[Editor’s note : Meetings were taking place as Rye News was published to address the issues of both the public conveniences and litter on Strand Quay, and better news is hoped for next week]
Image Credits: Heidi Foster .