Present a happy & healthy picture. There are many unused business premises around Hastings and St Leonard’s. Seeing these presents a feeling of a failing town and decay. These buildings need to be used and occupied. Develop insensitives for new businesses so these buildings get used, offer peppercorn rents, low business rates and start up funding and free business support to help build a sustainable business. This will promote regeneration, help boost the economy, provide jobs, present growth and a vibrant feeling to the town. In addition create a secondary business support program for struggling businesses to try and establish if and how the business can be recovered and boosted.
Lastly, improve transport and transport links from town to town. Links to Eastbourne and Bexhill are OK, but links to Battle are terrible, to Ore can be complex and to Rye is very little. Speed up transport to London.
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