Hailsham Town Council is continuing to support the community during the pandemic and is working hard to ensure that government guidelines relating to social distancing and protection from COVID-19 are met. In doing so, whilst most services and facilities run by the Town Council are up and running, some remain accessible but with restrictions in place.
Council Offices & Reception
The Town Council reception, located within the Inglenook building in Market Street, is currently open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm, and changes have been made to the reception area in line with social distancing and hygiene guidelines 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 from 21st June, subject to coronavirus guidelines at that time.
Council services & Facilities
Hailsham Cemetery in Ersham Road is open for graveside and ashes burials and, in line with the latest Government guidance, there is no longer a cap on the maximum number of mourners/attendees allowed at graveside burial services. 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 guidelines are in place, in keeping with current recommendations. Members of the public must wear a face covering when entering building.
Signs have been 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.
The James West Community Centre is now open and available for hire/bookings. 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.
The public conveniences located in the former Cortlandt Stable Block in North Street currently has an outside contractor responsible for the opening, closing and cleaning of the toilet block on a daily basis and, to allow for more frequent cleaning of toilets, the facility continues to operate six days a week (Monday to Saturday – 10am-2.30pm each day).
The Town Council’s allotment sites in Battle Road, Station Road and Harold Avenue remain open to tenants, but people are asked to observe the latest social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
The weekly street market which takes place in Vicarage Field on Saturdays from 8.30am-1.30pm, remains open but with stringent social distancing and hygiene measures in place on-site to ensure public safety.
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 follow the latest government advice relating to social distancing.
The Town Council’s face-to-face youth service venues/activities have reopened. The Square Youth Cafe is 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 is open on Wednesdays (5.30pm-7pm – Yrs 6-8 / 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 take place at the James West Community Centre on Monday evenings (6.15pm-7.30pm – Yrs 6-8 / 7.45pm-9pm – Yrs 9-11).
Friday Night Project (FNP) activities are expected to resume this autumn, although various summer activities are being organised (details available soon).
“We are working hard to ensure that vital Town Council services are maintained and that our most vulnerable residents are protected from COVID-19,” said Town Clerk John Harrison. “Things continue to change at a rapid pace and we thank everyone for their patience.”
“It is our duty as a town council to look after the health, safety and well-being of members, staff and residents.”
“Please rest assured that we will endeavour to reinstate any other services affected as early as we can, and will keep the public updated through the local press, on our website and via our social media pages.”
Members of the public are encouraged to follow the Town Council social media pages and the following web page for updates on Council services and facilities: https://www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk/coronavirus-postponement-of-council-activities/.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: email@example.com