Have your say on new school in Hailsham

New school planned for Ingrams Way, Hailsham
New school planned for Ingrams Way, Hailsham

A public open exhibition will take place on Friday August 29 for residents to comment on a proposal to build a new primary academy/free school on land off Ingrams Way in Hailsham.

Residents, businesses, community groups, and voluntary organisations in the Hailsham area are invited to attend the consultation event which will take place at Hailsham Town Council’s Fleur de Lys Meeting Room in Market Street from 4.30pm to 7pm.

The drop-in event aims to provide an overview of the proposal, as well as detailing why a new primary school is necessary and outline the development process.

The design team will be on hand to talk through the plans and listen to residents’ views.

A spokesman for Hailsham Town Council said research by East Sussex County Council has shown that due to the introduction of around 3,000 new homes in Hailsham over the next 20 years, some development of which is already underway, there will be a notable increase in the number of children of primary school age in the town.

The spokesman said the site at Ingrams Way has been selected as the most suitable for a new one-form entry primary school with just over 200 places, as shown by a feasibility study carried out by the Local Authority in May 2013.

The proposal was met by a mixed reaction from residents when the original county council consultation ended in October, with some residents concerned about parking and traffic issues and some claimed the site was too small and in the wrong end of town.

The estimated cost of building the new school is in the region of £4.5 million.

Town Clerk John Harrison said: “Public feedback is now being sought on the proposed new primary school in Hailsham and this exhibition event will give residents an opportunity to find out more and to comment on the proposal.

“It’s important that our local education services are future-proofed to ensure that there are places for pupils as and when required.

“With the housing developments being built over the next 20 or so years, we must be able to cater for the influx of new residents to the area.

“I encourage anyone interested in the proposal to get involved and go along to the exhibition.

“The more feedback received the more tailored a school can be designed for the local community.”

Residents who are unable to attend the public exhibition can find out information about the scheme by visiting East Sussex County Council’s website online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk