Improvement of town centre roads, promotion of the Hailsham’s free parking to visitors and the provision of covered cycle storage in Vicarage Field were just some of the many items discussed at the latest meeting of ‘Hailsham Forward.
People came together at the Diplocks Hall to determine the next move in terms of fulfilling town centre revitalisation objectives. Among the attendees were local councillors, business association members, representatives from voluntary organisations and other stakeholders. Updates were provided on the proposal to introduce ‘Welcome to Hailsham’ signs on some of the gateways into the town to help promote local shopping and leisure facilities although, due to national regulations on main roads, this will be a long-term project.
Also discussed was the latest news regarding the recently established ‘Hailsham own and Shopping Guide’, a smartphone-accessible directory aimed at supporting local traders.
Town Mayor Jo Bentley, who also attended the meeting said, “Hailsham Forward aims to build on the enthusiasm generated and work by the Town Council’s Business Enterprise Committee to create a vibrant and viable town centre in Hailsham of which all can be proud. To me the future is key – keeping hold of Hailsham’s individuality whilst striving to make it a place where people want to work, live, raise families, and spend their retirement years.
“The Town Council will continue to work with Hailsham Forward and its project partners and, with local community support, through the town revitalisation projects there will be a greater opportunity to obtain public and private investment for the benefit of Hailsham businesses, residents and visitors alike.”