Shocked by filthy state of Hayes

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - KIM GANDY Rayleigh, Es­sex

I AM a res­i­dent of a small Es­sex town and re­cently vis­ited Hayes.

I was shocked to the core at the gen­eral ap­pear­ance and filth­i­ness of this town.

On ar­rival I was greeted with the sight of a rat run­ning in front of my car whilst driv­ing into a town cen­tre car park.

But what struck me the most was the pave­ment which was lit­er­ally a mass of spat out chew­ing gum. As­ton­ish­ingly there were high con­cen­tra­tions of the stuff around lit­ter bins too.

Then I saw in the hedges be­hind some town cen­tre build­ings ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence of homelessness with dis­carded lit­ter, old pil­lows and bits of cloth hang­ing from branches.

The whole scene, were it not for the pres­ence of peo­ple, had a post apoc­a­lyp­tic ap­pear­ance.

I un­der­stand Hayes is un­der the con­trol of a Tory coun­cil but with a num­ber of Labour coun­cil­lors lo­cally and the lo­cal MP is Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDonnell.

Ob­vi­ously nei­ther of th­ese political en­ti­ties are ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing good gov­er­nance for this area, are guilty of gross in­com­pe­tence and ne­glect and are sin­gu­larly un­fit for pur­pose.

I hope the peo­ple of Hayes and sur­round­ing area will show their dis­gust at the bal­lot box in the next lo­cal and gen­eral elec­tions.

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