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To receive the notes of the meeting held on 6 February 2020


The notes of the meeting on 6 February were received.


Burtons Court / Piries Place Waste and Recycling Provision

The Group will receive a presentation by the Head of Property and Facilities on proposed options to provide waste and recycling facilities to serve Burtons Court, which backs onto Piries Place Car Park.


The Head of Property and Facilities gave a presentation on possible options for recycling and mixed waste storage arrangements for residents of Burtons Court.  A new location was required because of the redevelopment of Piries Place car park. 


The proposed location in Albion Way for mixed waste was supported and it was suggested that a planning application should be submitted as soon as possible.  Options for an additional bin store for recycling were outlined. Theses included a site within Piries Place car park or adjacent to it, in Park Place.  


The Group discussed the potential advantages and disadvantages of these options, and emphasised the need to consult with residents and shop owners before any decision was made.  


The Cabinet Member stated that planning permission would be required whichever location was agreed. 


The Group agreed that, should Park Place be the prefered option, it would be subject to good design and enhanced landscaping.  The Head of Property and Facilities agreed to ask the architect for alternative designs to ensure the bin store would be sympathetic to the street scene.


The Cabinet Member stated that shop owners and residents of Burtons Court would be consulted before a decision was made.


Public Realm Strategy

The Group will receive a further presentation on the evolving Horsham Town Public Realm Strategy, after consultation with local stakeholders.  This will be followed by a group discussion on emerging themes and proposals.


The Corporate Project Manager updated the Group on progress on the Horsham Town Public Realm Strategy, which had been further developed since the meeting in February.  The presentation concentrated on the design principles for the town centre, which sought to bring a coherent image to the historic market town.  


The Group noted design proposals for key areas, including Carfax, Causeway, Albion Way, Bishopric, The Forum and Queen Street.  The design principles applied to these areas included improved crossing points to give security to walkers and cyclists, widened footways, and an extended use of York Stone.  One key element of the strategy was enhanced connectivity between the park and town centre.


It was noted that the proposals for each area in the strategy would be further developed into detailed designs.  In response to concerns regarding funding the schemes within the strategy, the Director of Place advised that investment would be sought from a number of bodies, including WSCC and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.  She also explained that having proposed enhancements in place would enable the Council to bid for government funding and other grants should they come available.


The Project Manager asked the Group to contact him directly with any comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy.  There would then be a consultation with stakeholders, local Parish and Neighbourhood Councils and WSCC.  Once changes resulting from the consultation process had been made, the updated draft Public Realm Strategy would be brought to a future PDAG. 



Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategy (LCWIP)

The Group will receive and update on progress with the strategy.


The Strategic Planning Projects Engineer reminded the Group that LCWIP was a central government initiative to support Local Authorities develop high level, evidence based plans for cycling and walking, to be delivered through a number of identified grants.  


The proposed strategy would be brought to a Horsham Town PDAG in June, to be followed by  consultation with stakeholders in advance of wider public consultation. 


The Cabinet Member advised that, once the consultation responses had been taken into account, the final decision on whether to adopt the strategy would be taken at a Cabinet or Council meeting.