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Notes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To receive the notes of the meeting held on 27 July 2021


The notes of the previous meeting held on 27 July were received by the Group.


The Forum

To receive an update on the programme for the surface improvement works from West Walk to The Forum, and an update on the feasibility study of The Forum plaza surface improvements


The Property & Facilities Department had begun work on creating a tender document to re-surface the forum. It would go through the tender process in October with the aim to begin works in early 2022. The new tiles would be made of a slip-resistant granite. Following a site visit to the forum, certain issues had been identified resulting in a higher than anticipated cost.



Cycle Improvements

To receive an update on the potential development of two schemes identified by the Local Cycling & Walking Implementation Plan (LCWIP) to link in with the wider Safe Journey to School scheme


WSCC have been looking for schemes that would be feasible and cost effective to deliver. HDC had put forward six schemes, four of which had been taken to the most recent WSCC Cycling and Walking Executive Task & Finish Group. These four schemes would be considered for capability funding in 2021, the remaining two schemes would be considered for capability funding in 2022.



Drill Hall

To receive an update on the progress of a community bid to run the Drill Hall


A Cabinet report was being prepared for 7 October 2021 with a recommendation to accept the Horsham branch of the Royal British Legion’s proposal to take over management of the Drill Hall. If approved at Cabinet, it would then go to Council on 13 October 2021.



Rural car park improvements

To receive an update on rural car park improvements


Parking Services provided an update on the planned improvements to rural car parks agreed in 2017.

Three car parks had received a full refurbishment: Fletchers Croft, Coopers Way, and Henfield Highstreet. Several other car parks had received smaller improvements.

The next car park planned to receive improvements would be the Mill Lane car park in Storrington, these improvements are on track to be completed this financial year.



Town Centre car parks

To receive a post-Covid update on the Town Centre car parks


Parking Services provided recent income figures from Town Centre car parks and compared the figures to pre-covid averages. Income had somewhat recovered but was still below pre-covid figures.



Forward Plan Extract for the Horsham Town, Parking & Communications Portfolio

There are no items on the current Forward Plan for this Portfolio


The contents of the Forward Plan were noted.


Any Other Business


The Group discussed the use of A-boards in the town centre. Officers from HDC would work with WSCC to directly contact those businesses that most obstruct pathways throughout the town centre.