‘Make or break’ time for the campaign to build a new acute hospital. The Health Secretary says a new hospital could be built as part of ongoing NHS reforms. However, this depends on a new 4,500 home housing scheme being approved for the north of Horsham. The plan will also need the support of Horsham and Crawley’s GPs. Horsham MP Francis Maude has called a meeting on Saturday to try to win their support.
Controversy as plans for 69 houses and a replacement for Itchingfield Primary School are deferred. On Tuesday, a district council planning committee voted not to approve the plans until developers include affordable housing. Several district councillors pointed out that West Sussex County Council are responsible for the school, and it should not be up to Horsham District Council to support it through deals with developers. In the meantime, staff and pupils at the school must continue to cope with the site’s run-down buildings.
Evening parking charges - complaints continue. Waitrose’s Horsham branch reports declining numbers of evening customers and a flood of complaints after town centre car parking charges were extended to 8pm.
Horsham runner caught in the chaos of the Boston Marathon bomb attack. Tony Frankland told the County Times he crossed the finishing line only minutes before the explosives went off.
More than 20 vulnerable residents face having to move from their care home off North Heath Lane.
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