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Horsham District Council Seeks Residents' Views

On New Housing Numbers

Added: 18th August 2020

The Government announced last week that it was consulting on proposals to reform the planning system in England. Unless that is changed it would oblige Horsham District Council (HDC) to almost double the number of homes from the current Government minimum target of 920 homes to 1,715 homes a year.

The Council will be taking legal advice before responding formally to the consultation but it does not believe that the house building industry can deliver 1,715 homes per year. It is difficult enough already to find land that has few constraints for development and to absorb 1,715 homes every year would make that task virtually impossible.


HDC want to hear from residents and so they have set up an on-line poll for people to vote to say firstly whether they agree or disagree with their view on the proposed house build numbers and secondly to give them views to help their response to the Government’s consultation.

To share your views, visit

Bramber Public Toilet Re-opening

Added: 4th August 2020

Bramber Parish Council (BPC) is pleased to report that the Bramber public toilets in The Street will be re-opened on Friday 7th August. Government guidance has now been received that allow the toilet to be opened. BPC manages this facility however due to additional cleaning costs incurred due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the opening hours must be restricted to 8am to 6pm Friday to Sunday. It will remain closed, via an electronic lock, outside of these times. BPC has taken the following action to comply with Government guidance:-

  • Completed a site inspection and risk assessment;

  • Installed a hands-free sensor soap dispenser;

  • Installed social distancing and opening hours signs; and

  • Laid down 2m marker tape in front of the public toilet.


The restricted opening times and social distancing requirements may lead to queues being formed. Please report any concerns to the Parish Clerk at or via our website

Age UK Horsham District Newsletter and Top Tips

Added: 27th April 2020

Click the button below to read the first of Age UK's "Fun and Games" newsletter.  This particular newsletter has an additional page titled ‘Staying well in unprecedented times’ for people to stick on their fridges, etc.  Future editions of the newsletter will be one A4 double-sided page that can be printed in colour or black and white; the newsletter will be issued on the  2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. Really it is about helping to reduce the loneliness and isolation that many of us are facing at this time; we hope that you will be happy to pass this on as and how you can.

Thank you so much for your support and please remember to call 01403 260560 if you or any of your members could do with Age UK Horsham District support.

Best wishes, stay well and safe.

Nicky Fuller and all at Age UK Horsham District

Southern Water Support For Customers During Covid-19

Added: 21st April 2020

We’re continuing to refine and improve the support available during the pandemic and are trying to reach as many customers as possible, which can be a challenge.  Click the button below for details of the extra help that is available.


Our operations teams are still working hard to maintain our essential services, but we know service issues may still occur. The best way for customers to contact us in an emergency is on 0330 303 0368 to ensure any issues are promptly addressed and properly recorded. More information about the adjustments we’re making can be found here.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there’s any more information we can provide.


Many thanks,


Charlie Palmer

Policy Manager

T. 01903 272893

M. 07900 704323

Horsham District Council Instructs: No Bonfires

Added: 31st March 2020

During the current Coronavirus outbreak Horsham District Council has received many reports and complaints that some residents are burning general waste and garden waste at their properties.

Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints.

Please do not burn garden waste, or any other waste, under any circumstances and be mindful of neighbours and fellow community members.

Please either compost garden waste, keep it in a safe place, or put it into your brown-topped garden waste bin, as the Council’s garden waste service is currently operating as normal.

Visit the Horsham District Council website for information about the adverse health effects of smoke:


Home compost bins are a great way to help reduce garden and food waste and create great fertiliser for your garden. Find out more about composting at: .

Update on Significant Planned Road Works on the M23

Updated: 29th August 2020

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. We attach a map which may help you to visualise the areas affected.

August Bank Holiday embargo starts 06:00 Friday 28 August to 00:01 Tuesday 1st September. No work to take place during this time.

Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 September (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 September 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick: J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September – 22:00 to 05:00
Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Other road works and traffic information


We are periodically asked why we do not detail other road works and traffic issues across Sussex. The simple answer is that there are too many! To obtain the latest information we recommend that you refer to the Highways England website, where you can find details of traffic conditions, roadworks and other information across England.

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