Adopt a Street

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Environment, Waste & Recycling · Comment 

The council’s Adopt a Street initiative was officially launched on March 2. HDC want as many residents as possible to sign up to be voluntary litter pickers and to help keep the area near where they live clean and tidy. This will supplement the great work, which the Council already does. Volunteers will be supplied with gloves, a litter pick, high-vis waistcoat. Anyone interested can sign up on line (horsham.gov.uk) or contact Karen Grisley on 739387.

Housing Strategy Consultation

September 21, 2013 · Posted in Environment, Housing & Planning · Comment 

Horsham District Council is currently consulting on its next strategic planning document setting out the Councils Development plans for the next 20 years, as required by the Government. The main proposal it contains is the building of 2,500 new houses together with a 500,000 square foot business park, a supermarket and possibly a new station and secondary school. This would be located in the countryside north of the A264. The plans have been met with opposition from the public and some local council members.

Your district councillors, Roy and Simon agree that there is a need for development. We need new housing and places of work, to keep our towns and villages alive and prevent house prices becoming even more unaffordable. However, they believe that there are far better sites than those that have been proposed in the council’s consultation document, including brownfield sites.

The strategic gap between Horsham and Crawley, now that the Kilnwood Vale development has commenced on the edge of Crawley, has been reduced to as little as two miles. There should be no further erosion of our beautiful countryside in our green belt that preserves the separate identities of the towns of Horsham and Crawley. The joining of the towns of Horsham and Crawley to create ‘Craw-sham’, often joked about, is actually happening.

It was why the A264 by-pass was strategically placed where it was, an impenetrable boundary stretching between the Great Daux roundabout to the Moorhead roundabout in Roffey. The express intention of the council has been from that day that there shall not be any development beyond it. Once that boundary is breached there is nothing to stop further development spreading north.

The proposed North Horsham development would create a soulless community divorced from our historic market town of Horsham, separated by the by-pass. This is not building a community. This is not about creating space for people to inhabit and spend time in. This is existence living around a supermarket and an industrial park, which will be closed at weekends.
It is proposed that there will be a new station within the development but this will mean that Roffey residents will suffer the downgrading of Littlehaven station with fewer, if any, fast trains to London.

If the development happens it will have a massive impact on the A24, A264 and other local roads. Everyone who is familiar with those roads in rush hour will know that the traffic is bad enough as it is. The Council’s Preferred Strategy does not address this issue nor provide solutions for it

The consultation period runs until 11 October 2013. We urge all residents to write to the council to give their views on this building on our green belt. If you wish to comment please go onto the HDC website (horsham.gov.uk) or send an email to strategic.planning@horsham.gov.uk.

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.

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

Cold Calling Insulation Schemes

January 31, 2012 · Posted in Environment, Housing & Planning · Comment 

Be warned of bogus home insulation grants. Some parts of the town are being targeted by a few companies claiming to be working in partnership with Horsham District Council, as part of its commitment to energy efficiency. HDC runs two local insulation schemes with HCL Energy (01273 390420) and HeatSeekers (0800 111 4968).

Any resident interested in having insulation installed can obtain a free, no obligation survey from either of these companies. No scheme connected to the council involves cold calling in person or by telephone. Nor do they require any payment before the work is carried out. You can also contact your energy company for insulation grants. If you have any queries you can contact HDC’s Sustainability Team on 01043 215281.

Cash back for clean energy

July 5, 2011 · Posted in Environment · Comment 

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical home solar photovoltaic system can generate around 40% of the electricity a household uses. You can take advantage of the Government feed-in tariffs for solar electricity of 37.8p for every kWh you generate (for new build) or 43.4p (for retro fit). This tariff applies for all new installations of less than 4 kW up to the end of next March. The tariff is guaranteed for 25 years and will rise in line with the Retail Price Index.

Your home-generated electricity is free for you to use. Then any electricity you don’t use is fed back into the grid and you get paid for it. The feed-in tariffs have been set at a level which should enable anyone investing in the installation of renewable energy to make around a 7% return on the investment over its lifetime. Not every house is suitable for solar panels, you need a roof or wall that faces within 90 degrees of south and is not overshadowed by trees or buildings. Solar panels are heavy and so the roof must be strong enough to take their weight. For free impartial advice, please see this website www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.

Litter

April 28, 2011 · Posted in Environment, Waste & Recycling · Comment 

It is a shame that some people think it is alright to throw litter. Although the council has to pick it up it isn’t the Councils litter, it belongs to the inconsiderate people who drop it.

The Parish Council employs a Litter Warden who is responsible for Roffey. If you are aware of any particular problem spots, please let us know and we will arrange for the Litter Warden to visit the area.

Roy recently took part in a Horsham in Bloom clean up event in the Oak Tree Way and Redkiln Way area. The picture shows just some of the bags of rubbish collected. However, returning to the area three weeks later it was disappointing to see that it had returned to its original state, very frustrating.

HDC is working with the probation service to see if some people can be used to pick up litter as part of “community payback”, subject of course, to proper supervision and training. If re-elected in May, the Conservatives will invest more in street cleaning and see if outsourcing it would give taxpayers better value for money.