High street traffic improvements, better industrial estate access, specialist markets, new sports facilities, cycle parking facilities and the creation of ‘pop-up shops’ for local entrepreneurs.
These were just a few of the things discussed at the latest meeting of Hailsham Forward – the town team aiming to bring together key local stakeholders including Hailsham Town Council to review the best ways to revitalise the town centre.
Hailsham Forward was set up after the town won £10,000 from the government’s Mary Portas High Street regeneration project to revitalise the town.
People gathered to review Hailsham Forward’s activities at Diplocks Hall last week and among the attendees were a representative of the MP for Wealden Charles Hendry and local councillors including town mayor Cllr Jo Bentley, and local business associations, economic development managers and stakeholders.
Mickey Caira, deputy town clerk and business enterprise manager, said: “Following feedback from residents and businesses at a public consultation held last May, Hailsham Forward has proposed a number of objectives for revitalising the town, all of which were put into a business plan for review. Hailsham is already on the road to regeneration with the opening of new businesses in the town centre in recent months and the development of Hailsham Forward’s town revitalisation objectives.”
Cllr Nigel Coltman, chairman of the town council’s Business Enterprise Committee and Hailsham Forward Executive Team member, added: “Hailsham Forward’s objectives will be developed over a period of time, to help revitalise our town and put Hailsham on the map.”