New life for Wealden’s high streets

Hailsham High Street
Hailsham High Street

Shops and businesses are being urged to take part in an online survey to give their views on how best to promote Wealden’s high streets.

The Streets Ahead 2014 survey has been organised by Wealden District Council’s Streets Ahead Project, in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, to help identify the key factors that make up the local economy of the district’s towns and villages.

Now businesses are being asked to fill in a questionnaire and give an opinion on what kind of support is needed to sustain and develop high streets across Wealden.

Streets Ahead is focusing on improving the business opportunities of 14 towns and villages in the district, including Hailsham, Alfriston, Herstmonceux, Polegate, Willingdon, Uckfield, Mayfield and Crowborough.

Cllr Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said, “Shops and businesses understand best the business pulse of their local community.

“Their opinion is very important. We hope they will find time to complete our short questionnaire which will help identify where and what sort of support is best suited to help sustain and develop our high streets, making them an attractive and welcoming experience for residents and visitors.”

A spokesman for the council said each of the 14 towns and villages has its own identity and makes a unique contribution to the Wealden economy.

A spokesman said, “Where resources allow, the council’s Streets Ahead team is hoping to deliver some copies of the survey to individual businesses, but we are hoping as many as possible will complete the survey online. It can be found on the Streets Ahead pages of the Wealden website, or by emailing”

Martin Searle, from the East Sussex branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, added, “If we are going to work together to revitalise our high streets and town centres, we need to hear from as many traders as possible. We can only make a difference if we all work together to pool our knowledge and ideas. So please make a point of taking part in the Streets Ahead 2014 Survey. It will only take 15 minutes.”

The closing date for the survey is November 30. All data collected will be treated in confidence.