What are your priorities, Hailsham asked

Hailsham Market
Hailsham Market

Hailsham Forward is keen to hear the views of residents on its achievements during the past 18 months on improvements to the town centre.

It is conducting a survey to get feedback on which shops and services are needed in future.

Town councillors and other representatives of Hailsham Forward, the team which aims to bring together stakeholders to review the best ways to revitalise the town centre and business community, have launched their latest questionnaire on the website - hailshamforward.co.uk (click on the ‘Have Your Say’ button).

It is also available to collect from the Town Council offices in Market Street.

Projects carried out and achievements since Hailsham Forward was set up in August 2013 include the creation and day-to-day running of Hailsham Street Market, aesthetic improvements to a number of shop frontages, the launch of the Town & Shopping Guide available to shoppers via smart phone QR code scanning, organisation of the Hailsham Christmas Market, input into the Movement & Access Strategy for Hailsham & Hellingly (MASHH) scheme and Wealden District Council’s car park reviews.

Hailsham Forward continues to work on other important projects in partnership with the Town Council including a series of themed market/fete events taking place this summer, the introduction of free wi-fi hotspots, the proposed development of a Community Energy Scheme, and further discussion with East Sussex County Council on transport and traffic improvements.

The survey also allows residents to put forward their ideas on additional ways to improve the town centre.

Councillor Nigel Coltman, chairman of the Town Council’s Business Enterprise Committee and of the Hailsham Forward Stakeholder Group said: “The survey is a chance for everyone who lives or works in Hailsham to have their say and influence the future of the town.”

Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira said: “It’s crucial that we gather as much feedback as possible, tell us what you think about our work on town centre revitalisation to date and outline what you think should be priorities.”