Businesses in Hailsham have benefitted from making improvements to their shopfronts and a community-led initiative run by the local Town Team, Hailsham Forward, is encouraging more to do the same to help towards regenerating the town centre.
Improvements to shops in recent months include those completed in the High Street – at Costa Coffee, the Corn Exchange and John’s Fish Bar – as well as in George Street, whereby improvement work has been carried out at Crown Wealth Consultants.
Hailsham Forward’s vision identifies shopfront improvements as one of the priorities for the revitalisation of the town centre, with clean and tidy exteriors not only serving positively to enhance the appearance of the High Street and town centre, but as an essential contributor of future retail health in the town.
“Improvements to shopfronts, including the repainting of fascia signs, walls and window frames can improve the appearance and is vital for attracting customers in and around the town centre,” said Deputy Town Clerk & Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira, who sits on the Hailsham Forward Executive.
“Shop frontages can make an impact on the appearance of the town centre and contribute to visitors’ overall impression of that area. Unfortunately, some buildings and shopfronts are in need of repainting and general renovation and we encourage these businesses to address this and assist in the overall regeneration of Hailsham town centre.”
Town councillor and chairman of the Hailsham Forward Stakeholder Group, Cllr Gavin Blake-Coggins said: “High quality shopfronts make an area feel more welcoming to local residents and visitors alike and can maximise opportunities to improve character and appearance overall.”
“The recent improvements to shopfronts recently undertaken in the High Street and George Street demonstrate that local businesses are prepared to invest in their town. It’s a positive gesture to the local community on their part and, although more shopfront improvements need to be carried out soon, we are happy that so much has been achieved already.”
Suggestions for shopfront improvements include:
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
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