Seaford: Memorial tree to honour Hayley

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PROPOSALS to create a memorial to a Seaford teenager who died earlier this year have been given council backing.

A friend of the family of 16-year-old Hayley Jordan was keen to plant a tree and plaque in her memory at Blatchington Pond in the town.

The college student, who died on March 1, was well-known in the town and ideas were put forward to plant a tree to remember her by.

Members of Seaford Town Council’s Community Services Committee discussed the proposal last week.

East Blatchington Pond Conservation Society (EBPCS) had advised against an earlier application for a proposed cherry blossom tree near the site.

But it was recommended that a crab apple tree or a wild pear tree would be a more suitable option for the area.

The town council’s projects and facilities manager has looked at the two options and believes the latter is the best option as it will not grow quite as tall at the crab apple.

At the meeting councillors discussed the idea and gave their support.

The next stage will be to discuss the exact location with the applicant to make sure it will not be too close to the road and further consultation will take place with EBPCS.

Hayley, who lived in Alfriston Road, was described by her mum Claire Jordan as a ‘lively girl, always laughing and planning her future’.

She had been studying beauty at college.