Wealden District Council has approved a motion to make help make the case for improved medical services for the people of the Hailsham area in the light of the significant growth in the local population.

It agreed at the February 24 meeting of Full Council to continue to work with health representatives including GPs as part of the preparations for the new Local Plan to define the health needs of the area.

The motion also seeks to ensure that housing development in Hailsham and the surrounding area contributes to the provision of infrastructure through the Community Infrastructure Levy as agreed by the Council.

Council Leader Bob Standley, who proposes this motion said: “The last 12 months have made very clear the importance of health promotion not only in Hailsham but across the District.”

Local Plan

This motion put the emphasis in establishing health provision within the Wealden Local Plan, which he said, was where it belonged. The provision of new community hospitals was not currently in the NHS’s strategy.

The adopted motion was seconded by Councillor Ann Newton.

“Money has been put aside from the planning permissions granted for improved facilities for Hailsham. We will continue to work with our NHS partners to put provisions in place. These are likely to be delivered through the Hailsham Aspires project in tandem the Local Plan.”

The adopted motion amended an earlier motion, proposed by Councillor Gavin Blake-Coggins and seconded by Councillor Neil Cleaver. This called on the Council to use its resources to collect evidence to support the case for a community hospital for Hailsham.

A video recording on the debate, which took place at the Full Council Meeting of Wealden District Council on 24 February can be seen from the Committee pages of the Wealden website. The full text of both motions are also available in the minutes of the meeting which will be available on the Committee pages under Full Council.