Wealden District Council

Market Towns Regeneration

Market Towns in Wealden

Wealden has a number of small market towns that act as service centres to their surrounding rural areas. In recent years social and commercial change have had a negative impact on the functions of many of these towns. The Government's Rural White Paper (2000) stated that small Market Towns are in need of regeneration to ensure a prosperous future.

Streets Ahead

Britain's high streets are going through a radical period of change, driven largely by the impact of a combination of internet, mobile, edge of town, out of town and supermarket shopping. Many of our own towns and villages  need all the support they can get in tackling the challenge of ensuring that their high streets can successfully evolve, thrive and continue in the future to be valued as centres of the community.  Wealden District Council has set up a working party to look at ways of helping our high streets - the result is a project called Streets Ahead

Pub is the Hub

A chance for licensees of rural pubs to broaden their range of services and work together to match community needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub

Market Town Partnerships and what they do

Market Town Partnerships can play a key role in the regeneration of their towns and are made up of people from the public, private and voluntary sector.  In Wealden the towns of Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Pevensey, Polegate, Uckfield and Wadhurst  have all set up Town Partnerships or Community Action Groups.  These Partnerships and Action Groups carry out community consultation to find out the needs of their local community and work on projects to address the needs identified.  

How we support the work of Market Town Partnerships

  • Wealden District Council Community Grants - funding for organisations and groups throughout Wealden.  Find out about the Community Grants Awarded in this Financial Year
  • Engaging Market Town Partnerships in Prosperity Partnership (Wealden Strategic Partnership).

Market Town Partnership Contact Details

Local Markets

Farmers' and village markets across Wealden.

Wealden Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures related to Wealden, East Sussex and the South East.

South East and National Support

Action in rural Sussex (external link)

Action in rural Sussex was established in 1931 as Sussex Rural Community Council, and has worked with and for rural communities ever since.  It works to promote the interests of rural communities including market towns and with community groups to help them manage change and achieve their aspirations.