Hailsham: Outdoor fitness centre plan gets green light from council

MUSCLE Beach eat your heart out – Hailsham will soon have its own outdoor gym.

The town council has given the go-ahead for work to start on the fitness centre, which will be built on Hailsham Recreation Ground in Western Road, and the people behind the scheme hope it will help boost fitness levels among local youngsters.

The idea for the scheme came from members of the Hailsham Youth Council which also organised a small group to work on the design and funding.

Hailsham’s senior council agreed to the proposals at a recent meeting and the equipment likely to installed will include an air skier, cross country skier, double rower, seated leg press and a push up station.

The council is now on the hunt for funding for the equipment and installation costs.

“I am delighted to hear that the council is very much in favour of the idea,” said youth project worker Rowena Cole. “Outdoor gyms are becoming very well-established throughout the country, with equipment already installed in nearby towns including Eastbourne and Bexhill.”

Hailsham Youth Council chairman Mark Joyes said, “We are all being told these days how important it is to stay healthy and take part in plenty of exercise. An outdoor gym will also help bridge the gap between younger and older members of the community.

“Hailsham Youth Council will do everything it can to help the local community and will carry on looking for funding to get the project completed.”

Town clerk Liz Jones added, “Those striving to get fit, young and old, could soon benefit from a helping hand in Hailsham where an outdoor gym is planned. People will be able to exercise and enjoy the fresh air at the same time.”

She added that the hope was that any gym would be used by people of all ages and help improve relations between the town’s youngsters and its older residents.

Hailsham Youth Council is now inviting members of the public to complete an online survey about what they want at the mooted gym.

The survey can be found at www.hailshamyc.org/polls.html. Alternatively, call Andy Joyes on 01323 841702.