Residents and Business Survey October 2016

The residents survey responses can be downloaded here:

Thank you for the fantastic response to our recent interim report delivered to every property in Horsham Town. Over 300 people completed the survey referred to in the the report either online or by hard copy.

With 50 individual questions and 300+ plus responses the survey will take some time to analyse and assimilate as we develop the Neighbourhood plan. However here a number of “highlights” from the survey that we are able to share now:

So of those respondents who expressed an opinion:

67% say that having a say in decisions affecting Horsham is important to them.
75% say that the neighbourhood plan should allocate sites for affordable housing.
84% say all new residential properties should have at least one allocated parking space
98% support the preservation of existing open spaces and parks
54% indicated that the cost of car parking influenced how often they went into Horsham
45% believed that more should be done to promote Horsham as a tourist destination 28% disagreed and 27% have no opinion on the matter

And when asked what do you like about Horsham a wide variety of responses were received. Here are a just a few which we think best captures why people love Horsham:

“Sense of community and friendliness/Kindness, the fact that it is clean and generally well cared for, Horsham park and other open spaces, generally fell safe”

“Its a wonderful town at present with access to beautiful country side”

“Horsham has a good vibe and lots of great events and a great market, these are all amazing!”

And in the interest of balance – a few things that people are concerned about:

“Waitrose should have remained where it was. The new location makes it too far to get to easily.”

“Exorbitant parking charges in the town centre. Hard to see why one should have to pay £2.40 to park in Swan Walk car park even if you are there for 30 minutes. Why does the car park not have a graduating scale of fees…so you only pay for the time you are there rather than one charge for the first 2 hours? This simply discourages people from coming to town.”

“Ever increasing number of residents/flats/houses but very little provision for infrastructure to cope with it. The South East is poorly served for a choice of essential shopping now that Waitrose has moved. I don’t feel the Council puts enough effort into public consultations on issues of planning.”

So what does all this information gleaned by the Survey mean for the plan ? Well the analysis is on going; but what we’ve reviewed so far reinforces that comments and observations made to the forum at wide range of events and venues across the town over the last couple of years. Providing us with a robust body of evidence upon which to develop the plan – so whilst the plan won’t be able to address every thing that has been raised, it will seek to maintain and even enhancing what people love about the town; whilst mitigating or even eliminating those issues which cause people concern.