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A fresh vision for Horsham District

Always listening, learning and improving

We’re stronger when we work together. That means more sharing and more community involvement. Local democracy has to mean more than just an election every four years.

Council Plan Priorities 2023-2027

Click on each priority to see specific actions, goals and targets in our Annual Plan for 2023-2024 below.

Annual Plan 2023-2024

  1. Actively listen to and communicate with residents, businesses and volunteer groups.
    • Establish a People’s Budget for 2024/25.
    • Review the situation for residents who are unable to access services digitally.
  2. Engage and involve parishes and neighbourhood councils more.
    • Introduce a regular newsletter to parish and neighbourhood councils.
    • Increase engagement with Horsham District Association of Local Councils.
    • Work with parish councils, traders’ associations and community partnerships to support our high streets and build business resilience.
  3. Improve our understanding and response to inclusion and equality issues.
    • Upgrade our equality impact assessment process and training with specific emphasis on neurodiversity.
  4. Review the Council Constitution to ensure it is fit for purpose, allows for proper scrutiny, and facilitates public engagement.
    • Commission a governance peer challenge from the Local Government Association and write an action plan based on its findings.
  5. Ensure a District-wide balance of focus between rural and urban communities.
    • Prepare to take the Council meeting in April 2024 to a venue in the south of the District to broaden public engagement and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Horsham District Council.
  6. Support residents in getting a locally responsive service from West Sussex County Council’s Highways service on traffic and parking issues
    • Inform and promote the opportunity for communities to apply for lower speed limits in their neighbourhoods.
  7. Look for opportunities to generate income and reduce costs in order to support our services
    • Annual review of fees and charges.
    • Review temporary accommodation management to ensure the Council achieves value for money from its properties.
  8. Review existing strategies and policies and address any gaps identified
    • Develop a new Council economic strategy for the next five years.
    • Review and update the Council's Green Spaces Strategy.