New Conservative parliamentary candidate to be selected

March 8, 2015 · Posted in General · Comment 

Following Francis Maude’s announcement that he will not be seeking re-election as MP for Horsham the Horsham Conservative Association had begun the selection process for the next conservative candidate. The association operates a democratic selection process which will culminate with a meeting of all Horsham party members on 12th March 2015.

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.

Foster Carers urgently needed in Horsham

July 11, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

West Sussex County Council urgently needs to recruit more foster carers because of the rising number of children needing foster care. The shortage is particularly acute in Horsham and its surrounding areas.

Local foster carer, Nikki says: “I’ve been a foster carer for the last 7 years doing mainly fostering for newborn babies and short-term foster care for other carers. These types of fostering fit in and work well for my family, and after all these years I really still enjoy doing it.

“My partner and I thought about fostering for quite a while before we made the ‘plunge’ and we did lots of research. One of the best things anyone can do is to talk to existing foster carers. This way you go into fostering with your eyes open so you don’t get any surprises. If anyone in Horsham is thinking about fostering contact us to find out more.”

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “To provide the highest standard of care, West Sussex County Council does its very best to match West Sussex children needing care to West Sussex foster carers.

“Children thrive on familiarity so our approach also means children and young people who need care stay close to their school, friends, people and places they know.”

West Sussex County Council makes sure a full package of training and support is provided to all its foster carers to meet the needs of the children and young people they care for.

Call charges

June 11, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

There are going on for 1 million 0870 telephone lines in this country, which can be expensive to call. There is a great website which includes many standard rate alternatives for many 0870 numbers. It is worth checking it out www.saynoto0870.com. It may save you money.

Horsham is still a great place to live

May 31, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

A survey in 2010 by Experian ranked England’s 324 councils by their resilience to Economic change and Horsham came 7th. Life expectancy here is amongst the highest in the country and we have excellent schools, strong employment opportunities, low crime, good transport links and an abundance of leisure activities. The excellent work done by your district council contributes to our good quality of life and helps to make Horsham District the wonderful place it is today.

Many thanks to you

May 18, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

Thank you very much to all of you who voted Conservative on May 5th. Simon, Roy and Helena are very grateful that you have put your faith in them and elected them to serve you as councillors on Horsham District Council.

In a statement they said “We will do our best to represent you and keep you informed of what is going on in our town. We will work together to make things happen which will be of benefit to our community. If you have any issues or ideas you would like to discuss, please do get in touch with us”.

It was a very bad day for the Liberal Democrats, both locally and nationally, loosing almost half their councillors in town halls across the country, while the conservatives exceeded expectations. In England, the Conservatives now run 157 councils, labour control 57 and the liberal democrats control 11.

In Horsham made the Conservatives made a net gain of 4 seats from the liberal democrats and as a result the council is now made up of 34 conservatives, 8 Lib Dems and 2 independents.

What has the Council been doing?

April 28, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

If you have been wondering what the council has done for you recently, we have put together a list of just some of their achievements in the four years since the last elections. See this link:achievements

Horsham and District Herald?

April 28, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

You may have seen the “Horsham and District Herald”, published by the Liberal Democrats. With such an excellent record of success we never resort to negative campaigning and it is disappointing to see other do so. However, we feel we should set the record straight on some of the issues raised.

•The projected overspend they refer to for last December’s budget will actually be an under spend, unable to quantify yet as the final figures are not all in.
•They refer to a £500,000 over spend for the previous year’s budget, this did occur on the Acron Plus project but they do not say this. They specifically refer to the ‘Council’s budget. The council’s budget was under spent by £380,000! This is the audited figure.
•Acorn plus is an award winning scheme welcomed by a huge majority of the residents, it is highly successful in environmental terms, enjoyed a well managed introduction on the ground and saves significant money to boot. Horsham District residents were given a new free bin and weekly waste collections are maintained! Our green waste collections are free. Most other councils charge!
•Leisure charges rose roughly with the rate of inflation and took into account increased Vat etc. They are still very competitive. Burial charges rose by around 11.0% but started from a level a lot lower than cost and in Horsham District they are still the lowest in West Sussex and Surrey! The changes were debated and approved democratically at full council, with little comment from our opposition.
•Horsham and District Herald contains a yellow panel with 8 things they will do if elected. Horsham Conservatives have been doing all these things effectively and efficiently for years, even decades!
•According to the Horsham and District Herald the Lib Dems have sorted out the banks. In Horsham the Conservatives concentrate on local services for local people! Conservatives have cut the council budgets by around 18% with no significant cuts in services!
• In Horsham District we enjoy one of the lowest council taxes, with 0% promised for the next 2 years, for one of the highest levels of service in the UK.

Survey Feedback

April 20, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

Many thanks to everyone who completed and returned the questionnaire we gave out with our March “In Touch”. We got a huge response which is excellent.

73% of respondents thought that the council tax represents good value money and 58% thought that the town was either slightly or considerably cleaner and greener than it was 4 years ago.

Areas of concern for people included inconsiderate parking, with particular problems in Oak Tree Way. Whilst this is not an easy problem to solve, we think that the removal or re-sitting of the recycling point would help alleviate congestion in the area and also improve the look of the place as people seem to be dumping rubbish there.

The other big issue people raised was the number of potholes in the roads. Road maintenance is the responsibility of West Sussex County Council and it is a difficult area to deal with due to the budget cuts being imposed on local councils but we will continue to ensure that Roffey get its fair share of the available resources.

HDC Achieves Investors in People Status

February 26, 2011 · Posted in General · Comment 

Horsham District Council is celbrating after achieving the Investors in People (IIP) Standard. The IIP assor was “highly impressed with all the progress the authority had made over the last two years”. It is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff. IIP provides a framework to help organisations improve their business performance.