Housing, parking issues are raised at Hailsham meeting

Members of the panel at the Annual Town Meeting in Hailsham
Members of the panel at the Annual Town Meeting in Hailsham

Proposed housing developments in south Hailsham, vehicle parking, and directional signage for the public toilets were among some of the issues raised at a town meeting.

Hailsham Town Council’s Annual Town Meeting took place last Wednesday (March 18).

More than 60 residents attended the meeting at Hailsham Pavilion where they asked a variety of questions about the town including queries about vehicle parking in Western Road, and signage to direct people to the public toilets in North Street.

The event included a presentation and review of the past year by the current Town Mayor and Chairman, Cllr Jo Bentley.

Representatives from Sussex Police, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group, Wealden District Council and the Movement and Access for Hailsham and Hellingly (MASHH) group provided information and answered questions from residents before the formal meeting.

Town councillors responded to a number of issues raised by Hailsham residents at the meeting including the installation of additional dog hygiene bins in Hailsham, the cutting of grass verges and abandoned supermarket shopping trolleys in the town centre.

Cllr Jo Bentley said she was grateful to the residents who came along to the meeting.

She said: “One of the highlights of the civic year is the Annual Town Meeting which is an opportunity to report on the year to electors of Hailsham.

“I’m grateful to the many residents who took time to come along, hear our presentations and have their concerns addressed.”

Town Clerk John Harrison added: “In summary of the past year, there have been some challenging times to which the town council has responded with a positive outlook, hard work and commitment from members and staff.

“The Annual Town Meeting enabled us to inform residents of our achievements and provided an opportunity for people to participate in discussion on town issues and local services.”

Hailsham Town Council will hold its next Annual General Meeting which takes place at the Town Council Offices in Market Street on Wednesday May 20.

It will take place from 7.30pm.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and witness the election of the Town Mayor and Chairman for the coming year (2015-2016).