Town Team hopes drive will boost trade

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Town Team members hope a new regular market will help improve business in Hailsham when it is launched on Saturday August 24.

An estimated 20 stalls will come to Vicarage Field, selling a range of local quality produce including fruit and vegetables, clothing, handbags and accessories, pet supplies, crafts, jewellery, natural beauty products, gifts, vinegars and oils,

preserves and cakes.

The Hailsham Forward (Town Team) is working on a number of projects in partnership with the Town Council and local Chamber of Commerce to help revitalise the town centre, increase footfall and spend within the town.

One of the main initiatives since it was established last year was the establishment of a regular town centre market and, from Saturday August 24 between 9.30am and 3pm, the new street will be open on the third Saturday and every second and fourth Thursday of each month until Saturday December 21.

After this, the market set-up will be reviewed before opening again in March 2014. These days have been chosen to avoid other local markets and help complement what is already available in Hailsham.

The market traders will include a number of local producers already selling in other local markets, including the Hailsham Farmers’ Market which takes place on a monthly basis.

Mickey Caira, Hailsham Town Council’s business enterprise manager said, “Being a market town in its own right, and following important feedback given by the public in recent months, we felt that a regular street market in the town centre was something Hailsham needed as part of its regeneration.

“Hailsham used to have a street market and there has been a lot of enthusiasm to get one up and running again. We are confident that the market will attract customers from neighbouring towns and villages into the bargain.”

Hailsham Forward chairman Paul Soane said: “By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally - markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham and I’d encourage people to come down to Vicarage Field and support independent trade.”