Cabinet to discuss future of Horsham district as a tourism destination

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

Horsham District Council’s cabinet is due to consider reports on the council’s performance in the last quarter of 2011, tourism, financial underspend for last year’s budget and the town plan.

One of the key issues will be how to attract tourists to the district, as the cabinet will look at a report that outlines the area’s cultural and heritage profile, while a new member advisory group may be set up.

Jonathan Chowen (Con, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead), cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, said that their current success was partly down to investment in such assets such as Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, The Capitol, and Southwater Country Park.

A recent survey by Experian suggested that Horsham district is the fifth-best place to live in England, while numbers indicate that tourism-related jobs make up 8.8 per cent of the total workforce, around 4,400 positions.

The cabinet meeting will be held at the council chambers in North Street’s Park North, starting at 5.30pm on Thursday July 19.

HDC is encouraging members of the public to attend council meetings as they are welcome to attend and can register to speak, or ask questions of a committee chairman of leader of the council.

For more information on dates, agendas and reports, visit www.horsham.gov.uk