Get Horsham town hall back into community

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ALTHOUGH I am not a resident of Horsham I have been a regular visitor to the town for the last 23 years, producing drawings of buildings of character of which about 100 have been used in my book published by The Horsham Society (the old town hall appears on the back cover).

It seems very sad that this most distinguished building of character, which has been well used for various purposes until recently, has been vacated for nearly two years now.

The sooner it is back into community use the better – aesthetically it is an important and valuable visual asset to the centre of the town.

The attractive stone frontage to the Market Square is very distinctive and should not be altered in any way for new uses (eg, the blank arches either side of the central door).

In fact the frontage, along with other buildings on the east side of the square such as the former Anchor Hotel and the delightful stone shops leading round the into East Street, should be a conservation area group.

JOHN M. BRAY

New Malden, Surrey