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Residents Turn Out at Hailsham’s Annual Town Electors’ Meeting

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Traffic improvement plans near the town centre and the Town Council’s precept were among the items raised at Hailsham Town Council‘s Annual Town Meeting held at the Civic Community Hall on Wednesday evening [27 April], at which many residents attended.

The meeting, which was chaired by the Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Paul Holbrook, was attended by representatives from Wealden District Council, Sussex Police, Hailsham Youth Service and the Hailsham & District Twinning Association, who provided information and answered questions from residents on the night.

Town councillors and Council officers responded to a range of issues raised by Hailsham residents including those relating to plans for the introduction of a new roundabout at the South Road/Ersham Road/Diplocks Way junction, the potential installation of electric vehicle charging points in the town via partnerships with other agencies and reports of congestion in Brunel Drive close to the James West Community Centre.

Also discussed was the Town Council’s budget for the current financial year, the recent 23p per week increase in its share of the precept and justifications for the increase, which have included the  impact on financial figures resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic due to some facilities being closed or operating at reduced hours, resulting in a loss of income.

At the Annual Town Meeting, other key changes were explained to residents which have affected the Town Council and justified an increase in its share of council tax include a necessary increase in financial support for the town centre post office, an increase in youth service provision, the reinstating of annual grants to local community groups/voluntary organisations, and other new or increased costs expected.

Town councillors emphasised that, in making the recommendations for the budget, the Town Council aims to provide continuing security for essential services for residents and visitors alike with value for money improvements where possible.

Town Clerk John Harrison said: “One of the highlights of the civic year is the Annual Town Meeting which provides an opportunity to speak to the electors of Hailsham and answer any burning questions they may have about the local community and the Council’s activities. I’m thankful to all the residents who took the time to come along and have their concerns addressed.”

“In summary of the past year, there have been some challenging times to which the Town Council has responded with a positive outlook, hard work and commitment from members and staff.”

“The Annual Town Meeting provided an opportunity for people to participate in discussion on town issues and local services.”

Hailsham Town Council will next be holding its Annual Council Meeting which takes place at the Town Council offices in Market Street on Wednesday 18th May from 7.30pm. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and witness the election of the Town Mayor and Chairman for the coming year (2022-2023).


Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: terry.hall@hailsham-tc.gov.uk