Horsham 5th best place to live in England

October 30, 2012 · Posted in General · Comment 

A recent quality of life survey carried out by Experian UK, on behalf of the Sunday Times, ranked Horsham as the 5th best place to live out of the 324 local authorities in England. 50 different rating factors were looked at including employment rates, education, crime and general facilities. The report said Horsham is a busy town with good schools and facilities. Unfortunately, on the downside there is more demand for housing than available supply which is making it unaffordable for many.

Beech Road Play Area

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Leisure · 1 Comment 

The small play area behind Beech Road is currently in a poor state of repair and generally very tatty looking. We have received a number of comments from residents complaining about the state of equipment. Horsham District Council held a meeting with local residents to discuss the future of the area. The current plan is to remove the existing equipment and install two or three pieces of new play equipment and the replacement of the wall and gates, by the end of March 2013.

Further enhancements may be possible if grant funding is received. Another consultation meeting will be organised shortly to discuss the detailed proposals with interested people. A group of local residents have formed a Facebook group “Beech Road Small Children’s Park” where you can follow progress or join in the campaign. Your local District Councillors do spend time inspecting play equipment and notifying the council if they notice anything needing repair.

Housing Consultation

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Housing & Planning · 1 Comment 

Before the Localism Act, the Government imposed a yearly requirement of 650 new homes for the District. Under the Localism Act all local authorities must set their own housing targets. Any housing numbers which we plan for the future have to be evidence based and need to take into account demand based on factors like economic growth and population changes.

The South East in particular has to plan ahead for more houses because the people are living longer, there are a large number of family breakdowns and an increasing birth rate. The number of homes built will directly affect our provision of affordable housing and with a waiting list of over 1000 families this is a key issue for our town. We need to create more homes and jobs – the key is to provide the right houses in the right place.

Earlier this year, HDC asked residents to comment on “How much housing does Horsham District need?” over the next 20 years. It is likely to be the new year before a decision is made on the number. Horsham District Council will also be consulting, on potential site options within the District for future housing developments up to 2026.

One of the proposed options is land north of the A264 by-pass in north Horsham (between Langhurstwood Road and the Moorhead roundabout). Roy and Simon, your local district councillors, are concerned about development in this area. While they recognise the importance of providing new homes for the benefit of the town and its residents, they feel that it is important that the strategic gap separating Horsham and Crawley is maintained and that other sites would be more suitable and that the area of countryside north of Horsham should be protected.

As usual, you can rely on us to keep you informed once the consultation process is underway.

Developments in Roffey

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Environment, Housing & Planning · Comment 

The Guinness trust have finally sorted out their planning permission to redevelop the derelict site opposite the Millennium Hall. We are very pleased with the proposals but there is still no timetable for when the existing unsightly building will be cleared. We will continue to try and get something done soon.

A planning application has recently been approved for demolition of the Martin Long Centre on the Crawley road and the construction of a replacement mental health centre on the site. Your local councillors will be working with residents and council staff to ensure that construction access onto Crawley road or Oak Tree Way is appropriate and doesn’t add to existing parking problems in Oak Tree Way both during the construction period and when in use.

While we are on the subject of Oak Tree Way Parking, following a consultation with local residents, we have arranged for the recycling area to be closed. This will help to relieve congestion in the area and is no longer needed due to the success of the acorn plus scheme.

Rail Improvements

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Roads & Transport · Comment 

Although the work overran a little, the replacement level crossing gates at Littlehaven Station are proving very popular. The gates are closed for a much shorter time that the old ones when a train passes through and there is more space for pedestrians. We understand that North Horsham Parish Council have obtained the old wheel that worked the gates and intend to put it on display as a part of our history.

We hope people are pleased with the newly refurbished Horsham Station which is a real improvement to our town and creates a much better impression to visitors.

Overgrowing Vegetation

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Environment, Roads & Transport · Comment 

West Sussex County Council is responsible for highways. This includes grass verges and issues relating to trees and bushes which are overgrowing and obstructing the pavements. If you need to report any issue you can send us an email or give us a call, we will report it and monitor progress

Free Health Checks

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Medical & Health · Comment 

Anyone wanting to have a health MOT can attend a free drop-in session in Horsham town centre each Wednesday until the middle of December

The Horsham District Wellbeing Hub, a free, friendly and impartial service from Horsham District Council, the NHS and other partners, will be continuing to run the confidential drop-in sessions on Wednesdays in the town centre from now until 19 December.

The popular sessions are run at The Octagon, Chart Way, Horsham, from 10am to 2pm each Wednesday, except Wednesday 3 October.

Call in for a friendly chat and a health MOT with one of the Wellbeing advisors with no need for an appointment.