Want to become a town councillor in Hailsham?

If you are interested in playing a part in making the decisions that affect Hailsham - you could become a town councillor.

Hailsham Town Clerk, John Harrison, is urging residents who would like to voice their concerns in the community and represent local views and interests to stand for election as a town councillor at the May 7 election.

He said: “Hailsham Town Council is active and involved in a number of aspects of community life. Collectively, we are responsible for decisions affecting a range of services to the community with an annual budget of over £870,000. Elected for a fixed term of four years, town councillors are responsible for, take an active part in, or are consulted on many things happening in the local area, listen to and be a voice for residents and keep everyone aware of local needs and concerns. The role of town councillor can be highly rewarding and interesting to anyone serving, and is a positive and influential way of giving something back to the community.”

To stand for election, candidates must, on the day of nomination, be 18 years of age or over, have UK, EU or Commonwealth citizenship and be registered to vote within the parish of Hailsham (or have lived or worked in Hailsham for at least one year).

Nomination packs for prospective candidates will be available from March 23. People interested in becoming a candidate should email Wealden District Council’s elections team on elections@wealden.gov.uk. For an informal chat about the role contact John Harrison, Town Clerk, on 01323 841702. Information on the town council’s objectives, policies, standing committees and services can be found at hailsham-tc.gov.uk