Improved sport facilities needed in Hailsham

Hailsham Forward meeting
Hailsham Forward meeting
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The need to deliver improved sporting facilities in Hailsham was just one objective discussed at a meeting about revitalising the town.

Key stakeholders of the Hailsham Forward Town Team Group met at Diplocks Hall on November 6 to work out the next move in terms of fulfilling revitalisation objectives in the town.

Representatives from the town, district and county councils and businesses and community groups which make up the key stakeholders discussed the need to deliver improved sporting and leisure facilities to supplement the newly refurbished Freedom Leisure Centre as well as existing local sports clubs which only cater for some aspects of sport in the town.

The team said it will work with the Hailsham and District Sports Alliance in the future to develop ideas for additional shared sports facilities for team sports and other leisure activities.

A review of the dates and frequency of Hailsham Street Markets for 2015 was considered and it was agreed by Hailsham Forward that they will continue to take place in Vicarage Field every Saturday, except the second Saturday of each month when it will be held on Thursday instead.

Other areas of improvement discussed at the meeting which Hailsham Forward played a part in recent months included the tidying up of shop fronts in North Street and the High Street, and further improvements to the Hailsham Town and Shopping Guide, which is an online directory of businesses and facilities which can be accessed on smart-phones via the scanning of QR codes located around the town centre.

Cllr Nigel Coltman, chairman of the town council’s Business Enterprise Committee and of the Hailsham Forward stakeholder group, said: “The Hailsham Forward Town Team has continued to meet regularly to progress the revitalisation projects detailed in the Plan for Hailsham.

“This work has continued to develop the relationship and close involvement with many local stakeholders, including Wealden District and East Sussex County Councils, with the clear aim of improving the town for those who live, work in and visit Hailsham.

“The team is very lucky to have the town council and all other stakeholders on board, all of whom are prepared to work hard to make Hailsham Forward work and bring its goals and aspirations into fruition.”

Business Enterprise Manager and Deputy Town Clerk Mickey Caira said: “Hailsham Forward is working on a number of new projects to improve the economic prosperity of Hailsham and hopefully, by bringing the community together, we will be able to make our town a more vibrant economic and cultural place for residents, visitors and local businesses.”