+ Council Services & Facilities
Reception/Public Enquiries: The Town Council reception, located within the Inglenook building in Market Street, is open to the public and being staffed Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. Measures are currently in place within the reception area to ensure the safety of visitors, as well as staff during their visit.
Normal office opening hours of 9am-4pm (Monday to Friday, except bank holidays) will be reintroduced once coronavirus restrictions are eased further.
The key things to be aware of before visiting the Town Council reception area at present are as follows:
- All visitors must wear a face covering (unless exempt)
- All visitors will need to sanitise their hands as they enter the building
- To maintain social distancing and safety, only one person, family group or ‘support bubble’ at a time will be allowed to enter the main reception area and people may have to queue before entering the building. Other visitors will be directed by signage to remain outside the building until the reception has been vacated.
Perspex screens and barriers have been installed in the reception area to protect the public and staff. Members of the public will not be permitted to handle any printed material, and staff members will ascertain any requirements and pass them onto the public. Reception staff will wear face coverings when there are visitors in the reception area.
Burials & Cemetery: Hailsham Cemetery in Ersham Road is open for graveside and ashes burials . Currently, there isn’t a cap on the maximum number of mourners/attendees allowed at graveside burial services. Until further announcements of coronavirus restriction easing, social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
High Street Post Office: The high street post office is currently open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 10am-1pm. Social distancing measures are in place, in keeping with current recommendations. Normal opening times will be reintroduced once announcements regarding further easing of restrictions are made.
Community Hall & Meeting Room Hire: The James West Community Centre is open and available for hire/bookings from individuals, businesses, classes and community groups. Please call 01323 841702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Hire of the Fleur de Lys Meeting Room in Market Street and Southview Community Rooms in Western Road is currently unavailable until further notice.
Play Areas & Outdoor Gyms: Signs are currently installed at the Town Council’s play areas located (Western Road, Battle Road, Stroma Gardens, Quinnell Drive and Maurice Thornton playing field), reminding users of social distancing requirements and providing guidance relating to hygiene. Anyone visiting a play area should follow all guidelines listed on the signs. The same applies to use of the outdoor gym equipment located in Western Road and on the Maurice Thornton playing field site.
Hailsham Youth Service: Many of the Town Council’s face-to-face youth service venues/activities are operating at different/temporary opening hours.
The Square Youth Cafe is currently open Mondays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 7 / 6.45pm-9pm Yr 9), Tuesdays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 7 / 6.45pm-9pm – Yr 9), Wednesdays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 8 / 6.45pm-9pm – Yr 10), Thursdays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 8 / 6.45pm-8pm – Yr 11) and Fridays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 8 / 6.45pm-9pm – Yr 11).
Hellingly Youth Hub is currently open on Wednesdays (5.30pm-7pm – Yrs 5-8 / 7.30pm-9pm – Yrs 9-12) and the Monday Youth Hub runs on Monday evenings (6.15pm-7.30pm – Yrs 6-8 / 7.45pm-9pm – Yrs 9-11).
The Monday Youth Hub sessions currently take place at the James West Community Centre on Monday evenings (6.15pm-7.30pm – Yrs 5-8 / 7.45pm-9pm – Yrs 9-11).
Further announcements will be made in the future regarding the reinstating of Friday Night Project (FNP) activities.
Public Conveniences: An outside contractor is currently responsible for the opening, closing and cleaning of the public conveniences adjacent to the Asda car park in North Street on a daily basis. To allow more frequent cleaning of toilets, the facility currently operates six days a week (Monday to Saturday), from 9.30am-4pm each day.
Hailsham Street Market: Hailsham Street Market is currently open from in Vicarage Field from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays. Ssocial distancing and hygiene measures are in place on-site to encourage public safety.
+ Council & Committee Meetings
It is our duty as a parish council to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of members, staff and members of the public. We are monitoring developments concerning the Coronavirus very closely, in line with guidance from the Government, and the Town Council has now reverted back to holding meetings face-to-face, as a result of continued easing of coronavirus restrictions and the end of legislation which allowed Council members, officers and members of the public to meet remotely/online.
Town councillors were informed by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that, due to the expiry on 7th May of coronavirus regulations that have allowed local authorities to hold meetings remotely during the pandemic, meetings of Full Council and individual committees must revert to being in-person from this date.
In March 2020, the government’s Coronavirus Act allowed councils and local authorities to overlook sections of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, which state that “any meeting of a body exercising public functions…… shall be open to the public.” Consequently, this allowed online/remote meetings to be held instead.
Until further notice, all Full Council meetings and individual Committee meetings will be held at the James West Community Centre in Brunel Drive, a venue which is large enough to hold the meetings under Covid-compliant conditions, thus ensuring safety for members and officer attending.
Dates and details of meetings of Full Council and individual committees are posted on our meeting schedule pages.