Is time up for ‘iconic’ clock?

District councillor Christian Mitchell with the iconic clock
District councillor Christian Mitchell with the iconic clock

CONCERNS have been raised over the future of an ‘iconic’ clock in Horsham’s West Street.

District councillor Christian Mitchell (Con, Holbrook West) has this week launched a campaign to ensure the clock is saved for future generations.

His fears for the clock were raised after the closure of the Horsham branch of jewellers H. Samuel, reported in the County Times on January 13. The clock is above the former branch.

Mr Mitchell said: “I was very sad to see the recent closure of H. Samuel; a shop that has served Horsham shoppers well over very many years. It’s regrettable that an agreement could not be found between H. Samuel and the landlord and the result is that we have an empty shop unit which perhaps could have been avoided.

“However, now that the shutters have been pulled down on the shop and all the shop’s fixtures have been removed, my concern is for the future of the iconic clock over the former branch in West Street.

“The striking clock on the front of the building is in the conservation area of Horsham town. The clock is not listed and nor is the building it hangs from, but the clock must be saved.

“I’m launching a campaign to ensure that this clock is saved for future generations to enjoy regardless of what shop moves in.”

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