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.
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 (Local Strategic Partnership).
Market Town Partnership Contact Details
South East and National Support
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.
Action For Market Towns (AMT) (external link)- AMT is a national membership group that provides small towns, local authorities and others with:
- Information and advice
- Examples of best practice
- National representation