by Sam Raby
Buchan Country Park is one of many wonderful places in Horsham district where people can get out and about in nature.
The site sits right on the doorstep of Crawley, yet feels peaceful and wild. It is being sensitively managed to enhance its biodiversity and is already home to dragonflies, nightjars and carpets of Bluebells amongst the trees in the spring.
The County Council has confirmed it has developed a plan, subject to further government guidance, to safely reopen Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) next week (week commencing 11 May).
The date will be confirmed later this week when further guidance on managing the reopening of sites will be released by central government.
We are living through strange and troubling times, unlike anything any of us have ever known before, times which we earnestly hope never to see again.
I know I am speaking on behalf of all our community when I express our sincerest condolences to all those who have been affected by loss, either directly or indirectly. The bereavement of one is the bereavement of all. We all know of someone who has been affected and I certainly feel helpless watching the invasion of such an uncontrollable virus.
West Sussex County Council made the decision to close all Household Recycling Centres in the light of Boris Johnson's statement to restrict all but essential movement in the UK.
The council said the government's advice is clear - residents should stay at home and only make essential journeys to "protect the NHS and save lives". The Council is asking the public to store any recyclable materials that won’t go into their recycling bins, if this is possible, until the Recycling Centres can re-open.
LibDem councillors and Horsham Neighbourhood Councils are pushing HDC for fairness in the next stage of the Drill Hall review.
Following on fantastic public pressure and a heavily supported petition, HDC have backed away from insisting on immediate closure. Instead they are appointing an outside consultant to consider community centre provision for both Horsham Town and the district as a whole.
Following objections from all sides about the feasibility of continuing with the Local Plan as if coronavirus didn’t exist, HDC have finally agreed to request a delay. We’d like to thank all members who emailed their local councillor or HDC to push for a delay.
Recently Sir Ed Davey wrote to all Liberal Democrats asking us to turn our campaigning zeal wholeheartedly towards helping our communities during this Coronavirus crisis.
Our primary focus will be on our efforts to help our community deal with the impact of COVID19. Of course there are still relevant local issues besides COVID19 that will merit engagement and response. We will continue to keep you updated on issues of a timely nature. Please check this website for news.
Horsham required to build 1,000 – 1,400 new homes every year until 2036
The Government requires Horsham District to find sites for between 1,000 and 1,400 new homes a year until 2036.
The Horsham District Local Plan is out for public consultation until March 30th. It sets out 46 policies including housing provision, green infrastructure, local green space, transport infrastructure and healthy communities.
It was fantastic to be out talking to Horsham residents yesterday on our Street Stall in West Street. Lots of really interesting conversations about both local and national politics.
Thank you Horsham for Europe for joining us and providing the excellent Brexometer.
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