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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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Car Parking Charges

by Frances Haigh on 9 January, 2013

December’s decision by Conservative-run Horsham District Council to once again raise parking charges, means even greater pressure on parking spaces in residential areas near to the town centre. These areas are already congested and residents have daily battles over parking issues. Parking charges in many car parks are set to increase by 20%, following 25% […]

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Empty Homes Week

by Frances Haigh on 1 December, 2012

This week has been Empty Homes Week. It is a real scandal that when so many people want a home to live in, the previous Labour government let numbers of empty homes rocket upwards. Thanks to Lib Dem pressure the government has been working hard on turning this round and filling empty homes. Lib Dem […]

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Horsham Town Walkabouts

by Frances Haigh on 24 November, 2012

Several times a year, Horsham District Council holds Town Walkabouts. These start at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham Park Ward, and head down into the main town centre in Denne Ward. The walkabouts are a good opportunity to look at the town from a visitor’s point of view, and to make sure that they have […]

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PCC Elections

by Frances Haigh on 9 November, 2012

The first Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on Thursday 15th November 2012. If you need to know more about them and who is standing for Sussex, then you can find information at http://www.sussexpcc.co.uk/. Alternatively, there is a useful guide in The Resident 9th November issue.

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Horsham Station

by Frances Haigh on 9 November, 2012

Catherine Ross has written in this week’s Resident about Horsham Station. The refurbishment work has greatly improved the station. However there are still some teething problems and a recent meeting of stakeholders addressed some of these issues. The problems that Catherine experienced at the rear ticket barriers should not have occured. Southern Rail advised us […]

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Reclaiming the Streets

by Frances Haigh on 3 November, 2012

More inspiration for Horsham Park residents with traffic problems! A residents’ group has been formed for the Orchard Road area and I’ll post details once I have them. Meanwhile, there are suggestions, examples and guidance at the following websites:- http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/liveable-neighbourhoods Note that this site also includes some guidance on how to run a campaign! http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/ […]

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Life in Retirement

by Frances Haigh on 2 November, 2012

Last week, Lord Bichard suggested that pensioners might have part of their state pension deducted if they fail to perform some community work amongst the very elderly. Needless to say, this was not well received, particularly in Horsham, and one resident wrote to Lord Bichard to let him know just how much he and his […]

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Community Action

by Frances Haigh on 2 November, 2012

If any of you are considering forming a residents’ group and wanting to know where to start, there is advice and guidance at the following sites:- Locality                           http://locality.org.uk/ Urban Forum                http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/ Urban Forum have produced “Local Action –  The Handy Guide for […]

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Traffic Issues

by Frances Haigh on 21 September, 2012

As District and County Councillors for Horsham Park ward, we receive many comments and complaints about traffic and parking issues in our area. We take all of these very seriously and work with the Highways Department of West Sussex County Council and with the Police to try to find solutions to the problems raised. Recent […]

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