Decision time for Horsham Town Hall future tonight

The Old Town Hall, Horsham. photo by derek martin
The Old Town Hall, Horsham. photo by derek martin

HORSHAM District Council is holding a special meeting tonight (Tuesday) to decide the future of the Horsham Old Town Hall.

The Grade II* listing building in Market Square has sat unused for more than two years, but councillors are expected to vote tonight on a decision to lease it to Bill’s Produce Store Limited.

Roger Arthur, cabinet member for efficiency and resources, has recommended members accept the offer from Bill’s Produce in favour of two freehold sale bids from Harvey Sands LLP, who indicated they would make it available for ‘unrestricted use’ and a leasehold offer from WJ King Brewers Limited who would open an espresso cafe and bar on the ground floor and a tradional ale house in the first floor.

The past two years have seen ongoing legal challenges to the council’s decisions to try and lease the Town Hall, so tonight’s debate could be a lively one.

It will be held in HDC’s Council Chamber, Park North, North Street at 6pm and the full story will be in the County Times on Thursday.

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