Now that a restaurant is open in Horsham Town Hall I feel that it is appropriate to thank, on behalf of myself and all the like minded people in and around Horsham, those, who for almost a decade, campaigned to save the Town Hall for the community, thus continuing that usage dating back to the 19th century.
Foremost in this were Robert Mayfield and Martin Jeremiah from the Blue Flash Music Trust. They sacrificed a lot for this cause but were only pilloried by Horsham District Council, being described, I seem to remember, as vexations.
Also, the people who ran and supported the ‘Save Horsham Town Hall’ website. The many people who wrote letters, through this newspaper, each stating their reason for keeping the Town Hall for the community.
I drove around with a sign on the back window of my car advertising the campaign. We were all optimistic the council would realise how important it was to us.
All this wasn’t being done to be awkward or obstructive, we were all heartbroken at the thought that what we considered Horsham’s own building, a landmark, was going to somebody else, lost to us forever.
The users of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre must have felt much the same in recent times. The only saving grace for them is that theirs is not an historic building and can be rebuilt and, thankfully is going to be.
I will, to my dying day, believe that the Town Hall alterations for disabled people’s requirements, a lift etc, could have been financed by monetary benefits received by Horsham District Council from the many developers building estates around Horsham, this I was told was for charitable requirements locally.
The building itself stands four square and solid with a good roof, so no great outlay there.
People, I notice, have been standing in Market Square looking at the Town Hall with their mouths open in disbelief, they didn’t realise all the alterations would have to take place, it just couldn’t happen, but it has – regrettably.
Dorking Road, Horsham