Hailsham: Residents urged to vote for recreation ground initiative

HAILSHAM residents can vote to make a recreation ground a permanent living legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics 2012.

Under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, an initiative to protect and create 2,012 playing fields across the UK by the end of next year, local authorities have been invited to put forward bids for outdoor recreational spaces they would like to be protected for future generations.

Hailsham Town Council has put forward the sports/community hall and recreational area located on the new Welbury Farm development in Hempstead Lane, land which the council has agreed to take over responsibility when it is completed in the near future.

Residents are being encouraged to take part in the vote and help decide which of the county’s nominated recreation areas will receive the honour.

Councillor Jo Bentley, the town council’s oversight councillor for leisure facilities, said, “The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a great initiative to make ensure local residents are able to take pleasure in their favourite open spaces for generations to come,”

“The scheme could provide financial assistance towards this site, which may include funding towards the construction of an outdoor gym and creation of a sports pitch on the recreational ground, both of which have been suggested by the town council as potential future projects.”

“By participating in the survey, people can make their voices heard, thereby having considerable bearing on which of the county’s parks will be protected under the scheme. We need you to join in!”

The deadline for votes is Monday, November 14. Votes can be cast at www.qe2fields.com by clicking on “cast your vote”. The recreation grounds with most votes will be announced in December. More details from Karen Moralee on 841702 or send an email to Karen.moralee@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.