Wealden District Council has launched ‘Hailsham Aspires’. This is the name given to the Hailsham Town Centre Regeneration Project following feedback from Hailsham Community College sixth-formers and other partners.

To help drive forward shaping the heart of Hailsham, the Council purchased the Vicarage Field shopping centre for £12.35 million in 2017. Working together with other Hailsham stakeholders and landowners, including Hailsham Town Council, WDC has now opened a public consultation to engage with the Hailsham community in what is the first phase of the exciting regeneration project.

Launching the consultation, Cllr Bob Standley, Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Governance and Finance said: “Hailsham is a growing town and high streets as we know them across the country are changing. No longer are they just about local shops. They now incorporate a range of leisure activities, a vibrant evening and night-time economy, and places for people to live. We know that we need some smaller-sized housing to help generation rent and generation stuck, and the draft Wealden Local Plan emphasises that.

“This public consultation is an excellent opportunity for all those who live and work in Hailsham, along with service users surrounding the town, and even those outside the District, to have their say. We want to know what Hailsham Town Centre should aspire to be for the next 25 years and beyond. We hope that the public will engage with us and their local Councillors with their comments, which will help us to shape the heart of Hailsham for generations to come.”

Members of Hailsham Town Council gave their support to the project and welcomed the public consultation during an informal launch event hosted by Wealden at the Hailsham Aspires Information Centre in Vicarage Field – due to open to the public on Tuesday 20 August.

Hailsham Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Holbrook said: “Both the Town Council and District Council have an important role to play in engaging with the public to ensure all voices can be heard. We look forward to working with Wealden to help spread the message and make any information regarding the Hailsham Aspires project accessible, especially to those without access to the internet. Together we can capture as much local opinion as possible during the 13 week consultation period.”

The first phase of public consultation runs until 12 November 2019 and focuses on six key themes: Retail and Recreation, Leisure and Public Space, Heritage and Environment, Transport and Movement, Access to Public Services, and Housing.

For more information on Hailsham Aspires, project updates and to access the consultation survey, visit: www.hailshamaspires.co.uk