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Fair Funding for Schools

by Frances Haigh on 19 April, 2017

Local Liberal Democrats are outraged by the Government’s intention to divert money into building new grammar schools, when existing schools in West Sussex have been forced to cut expenditure to the bone. Schools have cut both teaching and support staff numbers, and reduced maintenance, as well as cutting costs for vital services such as counselling that may enable children to access education. School budgets […]

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WSCC Elections Manifesto

by Frances Haigh on 7 March, 2017

CONSERVATIVES ARE TAKING WEST SUSSEX FOR GRANTED   The Conservatives have run West Sussex for years, but more and more people are now questioning whether they really put local people first. Cllr Dr James Walsh says, “You don’t have to look very hard to see just how far the Tories have gone in reducing local […]

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International Women’s Day

by Frances Haigh on 7 March, 2017

  On March 8, people in dozens of countries all over the world will observe International Women’s Day, a day that for more than a century has been set aside to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality. On International Women’s Day 2017, everyone is being asked to #BeBoldForChange. “I am pleased to add […]

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Meeting the Need for Homes

by Frances Haigh on 26 February, 2017

Recently the Tory Government published its much-heralded Housing White Paper. This, it was promised, would fix our broken housing market. The response from across the housing sector was generally along the lines of “Is that it???” The real crisis is that there are not enough homes. There are many people who cannot afford to buy […]

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Horsham Local Plan Initial Report

by Frances Haigh on 8 January, 2015

The Inspector’s initial findings show that the HDPF has been found not sound and the examination suspended for 6 months. Meanwhile HDC has to find sites for at least a further 2000 homes. We are disappointed with this outcome, although it was not unexpected. The Inspector had to judge what was presented to him. He […]

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Alternative Strategy for Horsham

by Frances Haigh on 21 January, 2014

The Horsham District Planning Framework Preferred Strategy was issued for consultation in August 2013. There have been many objections to this from residents and organisations alike. Many of the councillors for Horsham Town and Broadbridge Heath believe there should have been alternative options put forward for consideration. An alternative strategy has been prepared by some […]

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Our Town, Our Vision, Our Plan! The three neighbourhood councils, Denne, Forest and Trafalgar have joined together as “Horsham Blueprint” to lead on the creation of a Neighbourhood Forum to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the unparished area of our town. Everybody who lives, works or carries on business in the unparished area is invited […]

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Horsham Car Parking Charges

by Frances Haigh on 5 July, 2013

I welcome the West Street Enhancement Project as it is an opportunity to give West Street a much needed face-lift. There have been sterling efforts to improve the town, especially by the town centre manager promoting events such as Piazza Italia and by Horsham Markets attracting local producers. I hope that some of the traders […]

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How Many Houses?

by Frances Haigh on 12 June, 2013

“There is a house famine in the land. Liberals will not be satisfied until there is a separate dwelling for each family at a reasonable rent. This can be achieved only by a completely new approach, applying to housing the same drive as was used to produce aircraft and munitions of war. The responsibility should […]

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If you go down to Leechpool Woods today…

by Frances Haigh on 8 June, 2013

…this is what you would find…….. We went back with gloves and bin bags to clear it all up. Then off to Hop Oast to get rid of all the vodka bottles, beer cans and crisp packets. Please look after our open spaces and follow the Countryside Code. And if you are a parent, teach […]

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