‘Blue sky thinking’ sets out road to future prosperity for Horsham

King's Head Hotel in Carfax where the courtyard could be opened out for easier access to Piries Place

King's Head Hotel in Carfax where the courtyard could be opened out for easier access to Piries Place

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IMAGINATIVE ideas of how Horsham could be improved have been laid out in an independent report for Horsham District Council.

Consultants Urban Practitioners have used ‘blue sky thinking’ to produce the ‘Future Prosperity of Horsham Town Framework’ report showing how Horsham could be changed to improve its leisure, economy and shopping provision.

They looked at Horsham town centre, Hurst Road and Broadbridge Heath Retail Park and laid out several proposals for each.

Albion Way could be used better by turning it into a more pedestrian-friendly ‘Albion Boulevard’, The King’s Head courtyard could transform the access to Piries Place, and Horsham Park, which can easily be missed, could be more accessible from Hurst Road and Albion Way.

Leader of the council, Robert Nye (Con, Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham), said: “If you compare Horsham to its counterparts - Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Dorking and Reigate - it’s head and shoulders above most of them.

“Horsham doesn’t compete with Crawley because it’s a big commercial centre. It’s for serious shoppers, whereas Horsham is a quality town with a very diverse shopping experience, where you can go to relax as well.

“If you allow a town to stagnate it will deteriorate. Shops are the life and blood of the town and without them, there wouldn’t be a town centre and with a growing population there are growing expectations.”

To read about the consultants’ ideas of how to transform Horsham Town buy a copy of this week’s County Times.

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