By Nik Butler
I think that I might have discovered a problem with the West Street redevelopment plans. It may be a small thing but it is sure to drive those of us with a more obsessive compulsive nature to distraction and it is certainly beginning to bug me.
In renovating the pavement along West Street there is a suggestion that there will be zones of arcs and waves of patterns all of which are designed to highlight areas of interest along the street. I personally have a preference for those curves and sweeping lines.
I am also looking forward to watching many an adult caught unaware as a small child wanders underfoot as they follow those newly laid lines whilst walking up the street. High streets are hard enough to navigate with dithering shoppers wander left or right whilst trying to walk in a straight line and now we are enabling them with subconscious designed behaviour enforcement.
Meanwhile further up the street there is Eat street, my apologies I mean East Street, and if we look to the pavement the design is strong, straight lines, square patterns and generally not sweeping or circular or smooth.
Maybe the idea is to divide up our town into Zones as if Horsham town centre is a theme park with Commercial zone West Street, Food Mall East Street, Discovery Carfax and Fantasy Land North Street. Actually this is not a bad idea. All this needs to be complete are the costumed individuals walking around between the visitors, sorry that should be ‘Guests’.
We could have Shelly the Flushing Fountain only she is a little dry at present and would appreciate a little attention. Then there is the Carfax Kid a sassy man child always dressing to gain attention and worried that he is overlooked. Finally there is the Bishopric but he did not test well with focus groups and the kids find him a little creepy.
The trouble with all this is that theme parks tend to be ghost towns in the evenings and Horsham is a market town in which people wish to live and enjoy the features and facilities. With more homes, more villages and more people moving into the area is this town becoming a place where you can live and take part and contribute or are we becoming a super market town filled with day trip experiences and limitations on parking access.