A fresh lease of life for Hayes town

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

A BIG high five to those re­spon­si­ble for fi­nally re­al­is­ing that Hayes town didn’t die when EMI left and now slowly but surely the area is liv­ing again.

Once the main area is opened again to traf­fic maybe some up­mar­ket shops may ap­pear, tempted in by the mul­ti­tude of what look like up­mar­ket flats be­ing built, be­cause I am re­ally get­ting sick of chicken/pound and bet­ting shops as I am sure ev­ery­one is.

I would like a lit­tle more ef­fort made to rid the main town area of the beg­gars and those with sub­stance abuse prob­lems who seem to grav­i­tate to the area, and the sit­u­a­tion is made worse by shop­keep­ers sell­ing al­co­hol to peo­ple who are al­ready drunk, well mean­ing peo­ple giv­ing them money

to get more al­co­hol or drugs, shops that don’t make them move from the frontage of their premises and of course us the pub­lic, not re­port­ing them ev­ery time we are asked for money or are ver­bally abused by them. If you re­port them to the po­lice they will have to do some­thing.

Hayes has al­ways had its de­trac­tors but if you lis­ten to most of the gripes these days there is al­ways a nasty un­der­cur­rent of racism, which one ex­pects will get worse once the lo­cal elec­tions are on the hori­zon.

What the de­trac­tors fail to com­pre­hend is that many of us Hayesites ac­tu­ally en­joy liv­ing in such an eth­ni­cally di­verse area, so maybe the de­trac­tors are jeal­ous be­cause they are in­ca­pable of mak­ing friends. Their loss.

Wel­come back Hayes Town. Mary Hyde via email

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