No plans to relocate public services

The Law Courts on Hurst Road, Horsham photo by Derek Martin
The Law Courts on Hurst Road, Horsham photo by Derek Martin

Although Horsham District Council has a vision to makes changes to Hurst Road, the public sector bodies sited there have no current plans to move.

A magistrates’ court, fire station, police station, Horsham Community Hospital and a youth centre are all based on Hurst Road and do not plan to close.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue had plans to move to the new Broadbridge Heath development, but a spokeswoman said those plans were now on hold.

“The relocation of Horsham was linked to our reorganisation programme in 2010/2011, but it’s all been put on hold.

“Although it might remain the long term aspiration, there is no short-term plan to move the Horsham station,” she said.

With no imminent plans for a general hospital north of Horsham, Dr Simon Dean, who is a GP for the town centre and a member of the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, said the community hospital remains a key part of health provision in the district.

He said: “We are committed to ensuring that people in Horsham have access to high quality health and social care services at the right time, in the right place and by the right clinician.

“We have clear plans for the year ahead and a key element is to ensure that we are delivering the best possible services from Horsham Hospital and that they are meeting the needs of local people.”

A spokesman from Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service said with the court in Haywards Heath closing, cases would continue to be heard at Horsham.

West Sussex County Council has recently confirmed six out of seven youth centres in the district will be closing, but the Horsham site has been spared.

Sussex Police have said there is ‘nothing specific’ to report on any of their stations at present.