State of town is tip of na­tional ice­berg

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - OPINION -

THE sub­ject of the state of Hayes town has elicited many let­ters of late in­clud­ing from some who seek to de­fend it.

What read­ers will see is a rub­bish strewn High Street (Sta­tion Road), gobs of white gum all over the pave­ments like that out­side the rail­way sta­tion, red stains from be­tel juice spat out, I could go on.

And that is to say noth­ing about fights and ar­gu­ments be­tween those try­ing to park cars, loi­ter­ing yoofs - many in school uni­forms (but all re­cent ar­rivals), street beg­gars and drunks, fruit and veg. shops spilling out and block­ing the pave­ments, and hoards of dumped rub­bish in cor­ners such as in and along Crown Close.

Ba­si­cally there is no civic pride in the town any­more – if there ever was – ev­i­denced by its con­tin­ual and rapidly in­creas­ing squalor. And Hayes is cer­tainly a no go area for old folk, es­pe­cially in the late evenings, and es­pe­cially on Fri­days.

Even MacDon­ald’s now closes at 10pm due to anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. The Botwell Inn has re­cently in­stalled ex­ten­sive CCTV cam­eras at its en­trances – right where the street gen­tri­fi­ca­tion has just taken place. Why? The an­swer is ob­vi­ous.

Pub­lic trans­port also needs to be sorted out for the com­ing dis­rup­tions. There have not been any bus stops be­tween Hayes Sta­tion / YMCA and the north of Botwell for many months.

No an­nounce­ments are made by the driv­ers that the in­ter­ven­ing stop(s) are closed – re­sult­ing in long walks back. When Sta­tion Road and Crown Close are closed then there will be no buses serv­ing the rail­way sta­tion at all, the gap be­tween stops will then be from Farey Corner right through to North Botwell miss­ing out Hayes Town en­tirely.

How­ever the degra­da­tion of Hayes Town is but the tip of a na­tion­wide scan­dal.

There are far worse towns and cities in the UK with real no go ar­eas where civic pride left very many years ago. NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED

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