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Town Council Committee Structure and Community Group Representation

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Photo of outside of Hailsham Town Council offices 

Following on from proposals made at the Annual Meeting of Hailsham Town Council held on Thursday [27 May], the Council’s Committee structure for the next year has been put in place.

Six Standing Committees have been appointed for the 2021/22 municipal year, these being the:


Responsibilities include: Cemetery and Cemetery Buildings; Burial Records; James West Community Centre; Cortlandt Former Stable Block and Public Toilet Facility; Fleur de Lys Meeting Room; Union Corner Hall; Maurice Thornton Pavilion; Street Lighting; Youth Services (Square Youth Cafe/Friday Night Project/Infopoint/Monday Youth Club); Play Areas; Public Open Spaces; Hailsham Country Park; Common Pond; Orchard Park; Maurice Thornton Playing Field; Western Road Recreation Ground; Allotments (Battle Road/Station Road/Harold Avenue); Dog Waste Bins


Responsibilities include: Business, Retail and Town Centre Development; Town Revitalisation, Coordination of Hailsham Street Market; Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on Events; Community Events


Responsibilities include: Precept (recommending the Town Council’s budget); Insurance; Staff Structure and Administration; Policy & Policy Reviews; Health & Safety; Contracted Services; Leases; Banking & Investment; Grants; Joint Funded Projects; Subsidies; Section 137 Payments


Delegated powers include: Commenting on Planning Applications; Enforcement Notices; Notices of Appeal (against planning decisions); Justices Licences; Tree Preservation Orders; Conservation Areas & Listed Buildings; Local Development Proposals; any other planning related matters; Street Closures; Street Naming; Footpath Diversions


The Town Council established a Neighbourhood Planning Committee in 2015 to oversee a process that will result in the preparation of a Plan for Hailsham, which was put to a public referendum on 6th May 2021.

A full schedule of Committee meetings, in addition to bi-monthly meetings of Full Council, is available to view on the Town Council website (

A copy of the agenda for these meetings is displayed on the notice boards outside the Town Council offices and in Vicarage Field, as well as on the Town Council’s website.

Please note that all Town Council meetings and committee meetings are open to the public to attend as observers (with the exception of items of confidential business). However, residents are invited to address members during the 15 minutes set aside for this purpose at the start of each meeting. If several residents attend who wish to address members of the Town Council or Committee, the 15 minutes allocated will be shared between them.

“Local government needs local people,” said Town Clerk John Harrison. “The Town Council is determined to make Hailsham a great place to live, work and learn and residents can get involved by attending (albeit remotely for the time being), making an enquiry or raising an issue relating to Town Council services at our regular meetings.”

“If there is an issue you think is important or where you believe the Town Council can make improvements you may want to bring it to the attention of members, so please do consider coming along to our meetings.”

At the Annual Meeting, the Town Council also considered and agreed to councillor representation on external bodies as proposed:

  • Wealden District Association of Local Councils: Cllr Paul Holbrook and Cllr John Puttick
  • Hailsham Forward (Executive): Cllr Gavin Blake-Coggins and Cllr Ross Newark
  • Cuckmere Buses Stakeholder Group: Cllr Trevor Powis
  • Environment Hailsham  (Board): Cllr John Puttick
  • Wealden & District Citizens’ Advice Bureau (Board): Cllr Karen Nicholls
  • Wealden Dementia Action Alliance: Cllr Anne-Marie Ricketts
  • Movement & Access Strategy for Hailsham and Hellingly (MASHH) Steering Group: Cllr Paul Holbrook and Cllr Gavin Blake-Coggins

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: