Wealden District Council


MASHH is the Movement and Access Strategy for Hailsham and Hellingly which seeks to bring forward road and transport improvements for Hailsham and Hellingly.

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MASHH Vision

All MASHH members support the following vision for Hailsham and its rural hinterland:

A contemporary market town, thriving economically because of its successful and varied shopping facilities and commercial opportunities, offering an attractive and welcoming environment, maintaining its own distinctive identity and acting as a hub for surrounding towns and villages.

These are essential as some 1645 new homes have either been built or are under construction in the area since 2006, and a further 1300 are expected to be built before 2027.

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Steering Group

Earlier this year, a MASHH Steering Group was set up to ensure that improvements in infrastructure keep pace with these changes and support the economic growth and jobs the local community needs. It is made up of representatives from Hailsham Town Council, Hellingly Parish Council, Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council. Wealden District Council is the local planning authority and East Sussex County Council is responsible for highways and transport.

A key role for the MASHH Steering Group will be to prioritise spending on improvements using the money which is being made available through contributions by developers under Section 106 agreements. Some of the money for the area's new infrastructure work in the future is expected to come from contributions made by housing developers through the new.

Hailsham Town Centre Improvement Scheme

One of the schemes being taken forward by the Steering Group is improvements to Hailsham Town Centre. For further information on the scheme and to view the plans, please visit the Hailsham Town Centre Improvements Scheme (external link) web page on East Sussex County Council's website.

Movement and Access Strategy (pdf)

A Movement and Access Strategy has been commissioned by East Sussex County Council. It has produced a series of prioritised and costed schemes for Hailsham and Hellingly. These include: an improved access junction to the A22 from Hempstead Lane; a single roundabout for South Road, Diplock Way and Ersham Road; measures to relieve town centre traffic; an Eastbourne - Hailsham express bus service; improvements for pedestrians and real time bus information.


Please find below notes from the meetings of the Movement and Access Steering Group.