An open letter to Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPH:
Re: the RSPH’s Health on the High Street campaign stating that Eastbourne has the tenth most unhealthy high street in the country – what a lot of drivel.
Has each member of the RSPH personally visited Eastbourne and walked along the extremely pleasant, largely pedestrianised high street? It is a busy, most friendly experience.
I fail to see how you can include bookmakers and payday loan shops as regarding a shopping centre health risk. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but having strolled along the town centre on many occasions when visiting my home town I have never even noticed one of them.
As regards tanning saloons you only notice them if you are seeking their specific services. No one stops you in the street propositioning their services.
Likewise regarding Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPHs comment that the Eastbourne’s population life expectancy is lower than average, has she appreciated the fact that the towns population is swelled by the fact that its healthy friendly environment and low crime rate encourages large numbers of elderly retirees.
I myself am 90 and have no intention of joining her campaign. Leave Eastbourne out of your draconian ideas of what is correct.
Maurice R Hamlin
Avenida de las Esclavas , Valencia, Spain