Give your views on town projects in Hailsham

Hailsham Market
Hailsham Market

Shopkeepers and business owners in Hailsham are being asked for their views on recent initiatives to revitalise the town.

Town team Hailsham Forward and Hailsham Town Council have worked on a number of projects to attract footfall into the area and promote shops and services in the High Street.

A questionnaire has been set up by the town council, Hailsham Forward and stakeholders for businesses in and around the town centre to fill in.

It can be found by visiting and clicking on the ‘Have Your Say’ button.

Accompanying the survey is a detailed progress update from East Sussex County Council on the Hailsham Town Centre Improvement Scheme, which is being developed in partnership with Hailsham Town Council, Hellingly Parish Council and Wealden District Council.

The scheme is designed to potentially lessen the traffic impacts of recent housing developments by reducing car congestion in the town centre, and aims to improve traffic flow and encourage shoppers and residents to visit the town centre on foot or via public transport.

The survey is also an opportunity to provide feedback on the regular Hailsham Street Market which was launched in August 2013 and last year’s Hailsham Christmas Market event.

Rob Slater, chairman of the Hailsham Forward Executive, said: “The Town Team partnership has been delivering a number of projects to help revitalise the town centre and supporting other projects in the town that are being delivered by other agencies such as the town centre road/footway improvements.

“It’s very important for the Partnership to understand the effect of the revitalisation projects on the town, especially the town centre traders.

“This survey will help us shape future plans, adapt current projects and work with other agencies to help deliver projects for the benefit of the town.”

Mickey Caira, deputy town clerk and business enterprise manager at Hailsham Town Council, said: “Hailsham Forward’s projects and activities are about the betterment of our town, including the revitalisation of the high street, encouragement of inbound investment from retailers, promotion of footfall and the creation of more jobs as a result.

“There are some 190 shops and businesses operating in Hailsham town centre and it would be fantastic if we could hear the views of a good number of them via this survey.”