Local businesses, community groups and other key members came together for the Hailsham Forward stakeholder group’s Annual General Meeting, which was held at the James West Community Centre on Friday [28 July].
Hailsham Aspires’ Health & Wellbeing Hub, an ambitious project which involves the proposal to build a new leisure centre close to the town centre and a long-awaited new medical centre, was just one of several items discussed by the ‘Town Team’, which aims to bring together key local stakeholders including Hailsham Town Council to review the best ways to revitalise the town centre and surrounding urban environment.
Support for the organisation of the town’s forthcoming Christmas events and the search for land and other facilities to provide suitable/accessible recreational facilities for Hailsham and the surrounding were also discussed, along with an update on the recent expansion of the Town & Shopping Guide directory’s content with new businesses added and the continued popularity of the Hailsham Card loyalty shopper scheme.
Also discussed was the revised proposal from the Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce for a Business Improvement District (BID), focused on a zero-carbon environment, renewable energy, social heating projects and enhanced building insulation for the benefit of the entire Hailsham and District business area. In essence, the BID will provide businesses with knowledge and assistance both to increase their energy efficiency, reduce substantially costs and ultimately become zero-carbon compliant.
Town and district councillor Gavin Blake-Coggins was re-elected Chair of the Hailsham Forward Stakeholder Group.
“Town Team members are delighted to be working closely with local councils, businesses and community groups on a range of projects for our town,” said Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira, summing up the meeting. “We’re very lucky to have these stakeholders on board, all of whom are prepared to work hard and give up their time to develop Hailsham Forward’s ideas and proposals further.”
“The Hailsham Forward Stakeholder Group and Executive Team continue to meet on a regular basis to progress various projects, projects which make an important contribution to the improvement of the local economy – ultimately helping to revitalise the town centre and surrounding area in the long term.”
Mr Caira added: “We’ll continue to take on board the views of stakeholders while we work on these projects and keep the local community informed of any updates at all times.”
Further information on Hailsham Forward’s town revitalisation plans can be found on their website.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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