Hailsham: Voice recording bid for Town Crier newsletter

HAILSHAM Town Council, in its bid to improve access to its publications for blind and partially sighted people, is making its quarterly residents’ newsletter voice recorded for subscribers.

This will enable blind and partially sighted residents to receive the latest news on activities carried out by the Town Council in its recently revamped newsletter, The Town Crier, which is currently delivered in paper format to all households in Hailsham four times a year.

The service is being carried out on the Town Council’s behalf by Wealden Talking News, which has kindly agreed to record a selection of newsletter articles and distribute them on a memory stick to Hailsham residents who are on the mailing list for the talking newspaper.

This new service is available from the December 2011 issue onwards.

Councillor Jenny Cook, ‘oversight councillor’ for Access and Facilities for Disabled People, herself partially-sighted, said, “The Town Crier is an important publication, of which blind and visually impaired people must have equal access.

“I’d like thank Mike Snatt and his colleagues at Wealden Talking News for their assistance and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that rapid progress is made in making our publications usable by everyone.

“By making The Town Crier fully accessible to the blind, Hailsham Town Council is also setting an example that should be followed by other town and parish councils in the Wealden district which currently do not provide this service.”

If you or someone you know in Hailsham would like to receive a recording of The Town Crier on a regular basis please contact Terry Hall at Hailsham Town Council on 841702 or e-mail: terry.hall@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.