Bookings from residents and local community groups are being taken from Monday 17th May for the hire of the James West Community Centre – which is located off Brunel Drive in the north of the town.
Town Council officers have been working hard to put in place all the measures needed to ensure a safe return for Centre users and hall staff, including the undertaking of an additional, comprehensive risk assessment and drawing up of social distancing guidelines as well as and health and safety regulations for user groups.
Community groups and other hirers are able to hire the James West Community Centre for community events, sports, business meetings and other events, but with social distancing and hygiene measures in place (in line with the latest Government guidelines), full details of which are available by contacting the Town Council.
Regrettably, the Town Council is unable to take any bookings for some activities, including parties and live performances for the time being, until at least the end of restrictions (21st June – TBC).
“While we had to close the James West Community Centre for some time as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, we continually monitored developments and are delighted to be in a position to reopen the Centre to most hirers, albeit with strict guidelines in place as set by the Government,” said Deputy Town Clerk Mickey Caira.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public and Centre users for their understanding of these necessary precautions as we have taken and continue to take every step possible to ensure their wellbeing and safety – and that of our staff.”
Mr Caira added: “Since opening just a few years ago, this purpose-built centre has already begun to play a key role in enabling Hailsham to fulfil its potential as a vibrant and inclusive town and, now that it due to be reopened very soon, we hope it continues to be a popular community hub, offering a range of activities for local residents.”
“A lot of work has gone into dealing safely with COVID-19 and implementing it all has been a challenge, but we are pleased that the Centre is available for use by the community once again.”
“In terms of running the Centre effectively since the easing of restrictions, we will continue to follow Government advice closely, react appropriately to local situations as they arise, and maintain good communication to ensure everyone has the latest information about potential restrictions to hire in the future.”
For further information or to make a booking, contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 or by email.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: email@example.com