I was distressed to see the picture of Braintree High Street in the Braintree and Witham Times dated October 3.

It brought home to me how very run-down Braintree has become.

I’m afraid to say it looks like a town totally neglected, what a shame that is.

In stark contrast I had a visit to Halstead a few days prior to seeing the picture and I must say what a lovely little town it is.

There are numerous flower displays and it was a real pleasure to have a walk in the high street.

This little town is cared for by residents and businesses.

So come on Braintree, if Halstead can do this, why cant we?

What has happened to our get up and go?

Let’s get it sorted before Braintree dies on its feet, making it too late to turn around.

M Mayes