The shameful litter strewn streets of Sussex

I read with interest the letter published in last week’s paper about the rubbish and filth in the streets of Sussex and concur wholeheartedly.

I was recently visiting my mother in Lewes and was appalled by the amount of ‘trash’ littering the roads and streets. Thousands of discarded cigarettes, plastic bottles, plastic bags and bottles and other assorted debris throughout this lovely historical town. I remember when it was a pleasure to explore the side streets and twittens and visit the many historical and interesting buildings that make Lewes such a tourist destination. I cannot say that I feel the same way now.

I was embarrassed frankly and, looking through the eyes of an overseas visitor, greatly saddened by how various country towns have been allowed to deteriorate.

The beautiful rolling Downs of Sussex have become a dumping ground for evenything from used mattresses to bin liners full of household waste....and nobody is taking responsibility for clearing it up.

I understand that district councils have budgetary restrictions but surely tourist spending would offset some of the cost of having regular “clean up” days?

I do wonder where the pride in keeping towns and villages looking their best has gone. Obviously the same way as the dodo bird!

On my way to Gatwick, both the taxi driver and I remarked on all the rubbish on the side of the motorway. There didn’t seem to be any part of the journey where the side of the road was free of some sort of rubbish, just miles and miles of

assorted litter. Is this really the lasting impression that we want to leave visitors with? Surely not.

Our green and pleasant land seems to be more like a large rubbish heap.

I know for a fact that the people who live, and/or work, in Lewes would be happy to contribute some hours each month to help in clearing up the litter, school children could be credited with ‘community’ assistance or some sort of recognition if they were to be included.

Even my 97-year-old mother, who is disabled, stops to pick up litter. If she can do it, everyone can.

If I lived in Lewes permanently, I would try to spearhead some sort of campaign to encourage the populace to renew their pride in their lovely little town by “putting litter in its place”.

I hope to see a huge improvement in the coming months and I hope your many readers can help to encourage the district councils to do something about this shameful state of affairs.

Nina Hasenhindl