Supporting people and communities

A fresh vision for Horsham District

Supporting people and communities

Our District is a great place to live and everyone deserves to benefit. We’ll provide help in tough times and build communities where people can flourish and have fun.

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. Help people through the cost of living crisis.
    • Extend funding to Citizens Advice to enable them to help residents access unclaimed benefits.
    • Hold a cost of living summit to identify further ways in which we can work with partners to support residents who are struggling financially.
    • Continue to financially support Horsham Matters with the foodbank.
    • Operate a cost of living grant to facilitate the provision of warm spaces and other direct cost of living support to residents.
  2. Better understand the needs of our whole community to deliver services that support people to live long, active lives.
    • Open the new Horsham Wellbeing Hub and extend its reach to all in our communities.
    • Investigate the demography of the District to allow us to enable improved health outcomes.
    • Initiate conversations with partners to better understand the needs of older residents in Horsham District.
    • Issue £1.3million Disabled Facilities and Home Repair Assistance grants to help people live in their own homes.
  3. Improve access to affordable housing and community services.
    • Deliver new affordable housing units on council land at Duke’s Square and London Road through Horsham District Homes.
    • Work with Registered Provider partners to identify and secure alternative temporary accommodation, reducing reliance on bed and breakfast.
    • Seek out and use grant funding from the Government and West Sussex County Council to provide more accommodation for homeless people.
    • Enable residents to access private sector housing through the provision of affordable housing deposits.
    • Deliver housing for refugees using the Local Authority Housing Fund grant together with a matched financial contribution from the Council.
  4. Build closer ties with all our housing partners.
    • Explore options with Saxon Weald to increase provision of larger properties in the District.
  5. Improve vulnerable residents’ access to benefits.
    • Implement the Low Income Family Tracker (LIFT) to enable residents to access over £0.5million of unclaimed benefits in Horsham District.
  6. Work with partners to ensure our District continues to be a safe place to live and work.
    • Improve the ability to report crimes, such as anti-social behaviour and shoplifting through the roll-out of the DISC app.
  7. Create safe spaces for our children to grow and play.
    • Provide new children’s play facilities at Roffey Recreation Ground, North Horsham and Holbrook East.
  8. Invest in local arts and leisure and foster civic pride.
    • Approve a five-year plan for Horsham Museum ensuring better engagement with the community about the District’s heritage.
    • Deliver improvements to the Horsham Riverside Walk in collaboration with local stakeholders.
    • Agree the investment plan to ensure the decarbonisation and refurbishment of The Capitol theatre.
  9. Improve access to sports for under-represented groups.
    • Explore ways to overcome financial barriers to participation in sport.