+ Postponement of Council Meetings & Service Updates
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures currently in place, Full Council and individual Committee meetings have been postponed on a face-to-face basis. However, remote/online meetings are being organised, details of which are announced on our website as and when meeting agendas are available.
As the Town Council continues to review its service delivery for residents in response to COVID-19, measures in relation to burial arrangements at Hailsham Cemetery have been introduced to protect the local community.
Hailsham Cemetery in Ersham Road will remain open for graveside and ashes burials and, in line with the latest Government guidance, the maximum number of mourners/attendees allowed at graveside burial services is 30. Linked ceremonial events such as ash scatterings can continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
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. Customers must wear a face covering at all times when inside the building.
Please note that the James West Community Centre in Brunel Drive is currently closed. Hire of the Fleur de Lys Meeting Room in Market Street and Southview Community Rooms in Western Road is not available until further notice.
Hailsham Town Council’s play areas remain to the public – those maintained by the Town Council and located play at Western Road, Battle Road, Stroma Gardens, Quinnell Drive and on the Maurice Thornton playing field. Signs have been installed 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 outdoor gym equipment located in Western Road and on the Maurice Thornton playing field site will reopen from Wednesday 31st March, once an initial deep-clean of the equipment has been carried out.
The Town Council’s face-to-face youth service venues/activities are to reopen as from Monday 19th April. The Square Youth Cafe will open Mondays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 7 / 6.45pm-9pm Yr 9), Tuesdays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 7), Wednesdays (6.45pm-9pm – Yr 10), Thursdays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 8) and Fridays (3.15pm-5pm – Yr 8 / 6.45pm-9pm – Yr 11).
Hellingly Youth Hub will open on Wednesdays (5.30pm-7pm – Yrs 6-8 / 7.30pm-9pm – Yrs 9-12) and further announcements will be made in the future regarding the reinstation of the Monday Youth Hub and Friday Night Project (FNP).
Public open spaces such as Hailsham Country Park, the Common Pond, Western Road Recreation Ground and Maurice Thornton Playing Field remain open to the public, although residents must observe the latest government advice relating to social distancing. The same applies to the allotment sites located in Battle Road, Station Road and Harold Avenue.
The public conveniences located in North Street remain open for use during the pandemic. An outside contractor is currently responsible for the opening, closing and cleaning of the toilet block on a daily basis and, to allow more frequent cleaning of toilets, the facility operates six days a week (Monday to Saturday), from 10am-2.30pm each day. The facilities have reduced capacity to ensure social distancing can be managed and there are signs on display outside and inside the premises offering guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene.
Additionally, Hailsham Street Market remains open (Saturdays in Vicarage Field, from 8.30am-1.30pm), although stringent social distancing and hygiene measures are in place on-site to encourage public safety and only essential items such as food will be sold.
+ Why have we postponed face-to-face meetings and some of our services remain temporarily closed?
It is our duty as a parish council to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of members, staff and visitors to our office building and community halls, as well as to our public events.
We are monitoring developments concerning the Coronavirus very closely, in line with guidance from the Government, and the Council made a decision to postpone all meetings where staff, members and the public physically attend.
We continue to hold remote/online meetings, however. These include meetings of Full Council and individual committees, details of which are posted on our meeting schedule pages.
This is a very challenging time for us all, and we are trying to balance the public’s access to required services and properties with the need to promote public safety and maintain physical distancing guidelines set by the Government.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their understanding of these necessary precautions as we take every step possible to ensure their wellbeing and safety – and that of our members and staff.
+ Future updates from the Town Council
The Local Government Assocation (LGA) will continue to liaise with Government agencies regarding the COVID-19 situation and Hailsham Town Council will continue to announce any updates with further changes as early as possible.