Improvements to town centre roads, promoting free parking to visitors and providing covered cycle storage were just some of the proposals to revitalise the town centre and surrounding environment, discussed by stakeholders at the latest Hailsham Forward meeting.
The meeting, at Diplocks Hall on May 2, was attended by councillors, business association members, representatives from voluntary organisations and other stakeholders.
There were updates on the Hailsham Town & Shopping Guide, a smartphone-accessible directory aimed at supporting local traders.
However attendees learned the proposal to introduce ‘Welcome to Hailsham’ signs on some of the gateways into the town to help promote local shopping and leisure facilities, is facing some delays due to national restrictions.
Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley, who attended the meeting, said: “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, its project partners and the community to obtain public and private investment for the benefit of Hailsham businesses, residents and visitors alike.”
Councillor Nigel Coltman, chairman of the Town Council’s Business Enterprise Committee, summed up at the end of the meeting: “Hailsham is very lucky to have the Town Council, committed local residents and businesses that are prepared to give up their time to make Hailsham Forward work and bring its goals and aspirations into fruition.”
Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira commented: “Hailsham Forward is a partnership involving representatives from many sectors of the local community all with a common goal - working to put town revitalisation plans and proposals into action.”
Hailsham Forward was selected for a £10,000 government grant to help drive forward its objectives.