Town Council votes to save local Post Office

Hailsham Councillors have agreed to allocate funds for the running of the town’s Post Office, if it wins the franchise.

During the debate which took place at the Full Council Meeting on Wednesday (24 January), members voiced an intention to protect the local Post Office and town councillors have agreed in principle to allocate funds for the operational costs of the franchise from Piper’s News and other notable expenses.

Hailsham Town Council’s budget for the financial year April 2018 to March 2019 has been set at £1,012,703, meaning the Town Council’s share of council tax for a Band D property in Hailsham will be £138.55, an increase of £12.02 per household per year.

The Town Council aims to provide continuing security for essential services with improvements where possible although it has been faced with increasing costs for the services it maintains, including the town’s street lights, cemetery, parks and open spaces, allotments and play areas.

Around £23,000 is to be allocated towards the phased replacement of street lamps across the town with low-cost LED bulbs over the coming two to three years.

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