HERE IS a New Year’s message to residents by the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Robin Kempe:
“I hope that you had a pleasant Christmas break and spent an enjoyable New Year’s Eve with friends and family members.
“In the run up to Christmas, the Mayoress and I have participated in numerous seasonal events and would like to thank all those who provided my wife and I with such magnificent hospitality at festive concerts, carol services, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and the like throughout the month of December.
“I am looking forward avidly to the remaining five months in my current term of office as town Mayor. I feel honoured to serve and represent the people of Hailsham and look forward to getting out and about and meeting you all at future civic engagements.
“2010, like the year before, will be remembered for financial pressures and the slow recovery of our economy. Whilst the economic situation is on the upturn, my thoughts are still with those who are starting the New Year concerned about job security, household bills and mortgage repayments. “January is almost always a difficult month in this respect and I would encourage anyone experiencing financial pressure to seek advice from their bank or the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
“The town council too faces additional financial challenges in 2011, and we have been working hard over the past few months to make significant improvements to our services to you, and are currently working towards finding better and more efficient ways to carry out our activities and make frontline operations as efficient as possible.
“In a nutshell, we are committed to making whatever savings we can, without having a detrimental effect to services being provided to you by the town council.
“Such difficulties aside, there are many things to look forward to in 2011. I will continue to visit as many places and people as possible to raise the profile of local charities and voluntary organisations in Hailsham, who work selflessly to help others and make individuals lives just that much better and brighter.
“I am sure that the warm-hearted and generous people of our town will continue to join together and support those most in need during 2011.
“On behalf of the Mayoress Carolyn and I, may we wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
“Whatever your hopes and aspirations may be, go forward with confidence and determination and you will, I believe, be rewarded by your own efforts in 2011.”