Projects & updates

Town Plan

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

The original plan was established following public consultation in 2013. The list is reviewed annually in July and the current objectives were established following the review in April 2019 and are listed below. Results of the recent public consultation undertaken as part of developing Hailsham Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan will be assessed and considered as part of future reviews of this plan.

This ‘short list’ comprises:

  • Building a culture of collaboration
  • Specialist Markets
  • Town Centre Floral Displays
  • Zero tolerance on dilapidated buildings
  • Promotion of Hailsham’s markets including the Farmers’ Market
  • Improvements to public transport infrastructure
  • Movement and access around Hailsham and Hellingly
  • Industrial Estates Access and Parking
  • Communication with parties both inside and outside Hailsham
  • Town & Shopping Guide – maintain and expand scheme to include more local information
  • Sports & Youth Facilities – improvement to health & wellbeing of residents
  • Provision of low cost start up business units.
  • Establish Keep Trade Local Campaign
  • Encourage links between education and business focussing on employment & training
  • Safety & Security
  • Hailsham FM & Hailsham News

Summary

There are many different strands to the work schedule proposed above, and all will take a differing amount of time, effort and run to varied timescales.

The delivery of the plan will provide a range of benefits to Hailsham including the increase in the number of visitors to the town and surrounding area.

Hailsham Forward has already built a reputation for being able to deliver in very short timescales projects that people showed interest in and the important thing for Hailsham Forward now is to focus on the projects that it can have a direct influence over or involvement in.

In a similar fashion to with the Street Market project, the format for delivery on these key issues would be to establish smaller working parties operating within a framework within set out by the executive team and reporting back to the wider stakeholder base at regular intervals.

Updated

August 2019

Regular Town Market

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

The Saturday market established by Hailsham Forward is now under the management of Hailsham Town Council. The change to management will allow Hailsham Forward CIC to concentrate on other projects for the town and surrounding area.

What happens next?

Covid has hit the Street Market hard over the past 18 months. Hailsham Town Council is still operating the market each Saturday and this is supported by Hailsham Forward. We want to see the market grow again as we come out of the current crisis, and there are great incentives if you are considering using the market as a way of selling your goods. Please contact Nikita on 01323 841702 or email: [email protected]

Follow what's happening: www.facebook.com/HailshamStreetMarket

Location

Vicarage Field

Updated

December 2021

Online Hailsham Town and Shopping Guide

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

Development of a smartphone-optimised complete town and shopping directory for Hailsham with details of shops, eateries, attractions and more. There are stickers in shop windows and signs in town centre car parks displaying a green QR code which can be scanned with a smartphone and which then opens the town & shopping guide website. The aim is to enable visitors to see at a glance the wide range of shops available and to allow visitors alike to have quick on-the-go access to all shop opening times and other useful information.

If you are a local business and would like to be featured please email us.

What happens next?

Work to keep the guide up-to-date continues to ensure that the guide is a reliable source of information for the town. The contents of the Guide will also be reviewed to see what other local information can be included for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors to the town.

Location

Shop windows, Town Centre car parks and online

Updated

December 2021

Hailsham BID

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce have launched their plan to create a Business Improvement District covering the town centre and Diplocks Industrial Estate. If this is achieved then it will provide the funding for several projects, including safer street initiatives, with the deployment of street wardens, custom built Wi-Fi service, match funding for the renovation of shop fronts, Lightning Fibre installation on the Diplocks Estate and extended youth services in the town centre area.

What happens next?

Start up funding has been secured and this will enable the employment of Keith Ridley, who was involved in the start-up of the Eastbounre BID he will go around and talk to local businesses in a bid to get their support. It will require a majority vote of all businesses in the defined area as they will have to pay a 1.5% levy on their business rates. This will provide a £240,000 annual budget for activities that will help bring customers to the defined area and deal with other issues such as the negative effect of young people in the town centre.

Location

Hailsham

Updated

December 2021

Hailsham Community Forum

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

To build a networking forum for all the local based community groups and as a collective group benefit from sharing experiences, ideas with other local groups and to overcome similar issues groups maybe struggling with.

 

The long term benefits could be cost savings to each group, for instance a large forum of people would have more leverage with ordering leaflets, printing cost, sharing resources and more.

What happens next?

The Forum has been able to re-establish its regular meetings with its members following the disruption caused by the pandemic. The management and organisation continues to be carried out by facilitators, Julie Coates and Julie Hollister. The regular new-year’s resolution event should be back on track for early next year, in past years it has attracted much local interest and helped some local groups recruit new members. Several the local groups have organised a fun day over the past few summers, which again has showcased the broad range of local community groups in the town and at the same time given local people a grate community event.

The Forum has established a volunteer hub for Hailsham, this is being manage by Julie Coates from Hailsham’s Food Bank and will provide local people an opportunity to volunteer and local organisations to find help when required.

If you are a local community group and want more information on the forum or volunteer hub, please use the contact page to get in touch.

Location

Hailsham

Updated

December 2021

Hailsham Loyalty Scheme

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

To establish a loyalty scheme for Hailsham and surrounding area. This will provide benefits to both local residents; by way of discounts or free goods/services and local businesses by increasing local shopping and purchase of services; with the offer of discounts etc.

What happens next?

The number of local businesses subscribing to the Hailsham Card has increased over the past year, giving access to increased offers.
The current list of participating businesses include:

  • Fish Around – 10% off
  • John’s Fish & Chips – 10% off
  • Callenders Restaurant - 20% off total bill including drinks
  • Olivia B – 10% off
  • Now Charity Group – 10% off
  • Knockhatch Adventure Park - 25% off
  • Ms Match - 10% off
  • Hot Dogs Grooming – 10% off
  • Experience Holidays – 2 for 1 on lounge passes
  • Frame Works – 10% off
  • Cinetubs – 10% off
  • Acting Moon Events – 10% off
  • The Beauty Vault – 10% off
  • Just Jones Interiors – 10% off
  • Emily’s Flowers and Sweet Treats – 10% off
  • Special Occasions – 10% off
  • Rustico Hailsham – 10% off
  • Antiques & Allsorts – 10% off
  • Bentleys Hair and Nails – 10% off
  • Hays Café - 15% off
  • Hailsham Technology – 10% off
  • Flowers By Maybugs – 10% off
  • Maybugs – 10% off
  • Kube Hair Design – 10% off
  • Royal Indian – 10% off
  • Equestrian Ruggies Laundry Services – 10% off
  • Nails and Brows Beauty - 10% off
  • The Beauty Retreat & Sussex Beauty Therapy – 10% off
  • Homely Maid – 10% off
  • Fit Factory – First month free

Public benefits

  • 12 months of unlimited access to the discounts that have been negotiated with independent businesses in Hailsham as well as Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Battle & Rye
  • A free Apple App & Google Play App to locate the businesses and view the discounts.
  • A high quality membership card that can be used in any town featured on the App & website.
  • Monthly email for additional offers that are added monthly.
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Please visit www.towncitycards.com/hailsham-forward/ for more information.

Business benefits

  • A micro site on the website and App with gps maps, offer, profile, business logo, contact, opening times and telephone integration.
  • Social media promotion (post boosts on Facebook, Twitter)
  • Bespoke videos that are optimised to rank on Google.
  • Direct email marketing to the membership.

There is no charge to the businesses for the above; however, their discount should result in a generous discount/offer for the member. This offer needs to be exclusive to the Hailsham Card.

Please visit www.towncitycards.com/hailsham-forward/ if you wish to sign up as a business.

Location

Hailsham

Updated

December 2021

Shop Local

Project lead: Hailsham Forward CIC

Scope of works

Hailsham Forward CIC recognises the impact that the pandemic has had on the local businesses in Hailsham and will explore every avenue to help local businesses increase their custom in the coming months and years.

What happens next?

Hailsham Forward will support the Chamber of Commerce in its work to establish a BID for Hailsham. It will also work with all local initiatives that help improve the footfall within the town.

Location

Hailsham

Updated

December 2021