Money bid to change Hailsham town centre

Wealden MP Charles Hendry has support the bid for a cash injection to boost Hailsham town centre.
Wealden MP Charles Hendry has support the bid for a cash injection to boost Hailsham town centre.

A ‘PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY’ High Street and a detailed parking review are planned by Hailsham’s town authority if the Government hands over £100,000 in grants for the town centre.

Extra signs on the A22 and A271 with new town centre signs will also be installed if the bid is accepted by Hailsham Town Council.

The money will also be injected into marketing and promoting the town, under the plans put forward by the council’s business development committee. The committee has applied to be one of the 24 Portas Pilot Projects in the second round of applications, bidding for a £100,000 share of £1million from the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government.

The town council has announced that it is fully committed to the regeneration of the town centre and will continue to move the project forward regardless of the outcome of the Portas Pilot application.

Town Cllr Nick Collinson said: “Town councillors have worked hard, with the support of the local community, to pull together a strong bid document in the hope of obtaining funding support to boost the town’s economy, by creating new opportunities for business and reestablishing our high street as a place where people visit, relax and enjoy day and night.”

Retail expert Mary Portas did a study of shopsy in May 2011 of the future of the High Street. Her recommendations led to a launch of the pilot initiative to bolster local communities.

Wealden MP Charles Hendry said: “Throughout my visits to Hailsham, I have seen the clear commitment from the town council and the local community to revitalise their high street.

“This scheme could help secure a prosperous future for the small businesses that make up this community.”

A video supporting Hailsham’s application can be viewed at using the keywords ‘Hailsham Portas’.

Successful schemes are due to be confirmed later in the year.