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Public consultation announced for Horsham Town Centre Vision

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Residents and businesses are being urged to have their say about an exciting new town centre vision for Horsham town.

Following on from a public exhibition in May this year, where initial concepts were showcased, a public consultation is now being held, from 18 September to 16 October 2017, inviting members of the public, local businesses and community partners to give their views on the shortlisted ideas to improve Horsham Town Centre.

The consultation will go live on the Horsham District Council website on 18 September 2017.

Responses from this consultation will be analysed and used to finalise the Town Centre Vision Statement for Horsham, which will shape the redevelopment of key areas of the town.

The overall aim is to develop an aspirational, comprehensive and deliverable vision for the town centre over the next 10 to 15 years.

Ideas range from improving Blackhorse Way to development opportunities for the Forum piazza area and Library areas, improvements to the public realm in the Bishopric, a refurbished Queen Street entrance to the town and improved wi-fi hotspots, lighting, planting and pedestrian walkways.

Commenting on the upcoming public consultation, Cabinet Member for Planning and Development, Cllr Claire Vickers, said: “We are aiming to deliver significant investments in Horsham Town Centre.

“Thank you to the many of you who attended and gave feedback on our initial exhibition back in May this year, where we showcased our early concept ideas. Based on the very valuable feedback we received, I would now urge as many people as possible to take part in this next stage where they can view and help influence the short listed proposals, so that preferred options can be progressed.”

To view the proposed ideas on the council’s web site, please visit: www.horsham.gov.uk. Comments on the draft Vision Statement can be submitted by email to strategic.planning@horsham.gov.uk.

The deadline for all feedback is Monday 16 October 2017.

Following this consultation, comments will be analysed and recommendations will be made to Cabinet on 23 November 2017.

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