Category Archives: Horsham District Council

Squeezing out walking and cycling for a few extra car parking spaces – local planning in action

Why do we want people to walk and cycle for short trips, instead of driving? One of the main reasons, of course, is public health. If we cycled as much as the Dutch and the Danes in urban areas, figures … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Parking, Town planning, Walking, West Sussex County Council | 15 Comments

Entrenching car dependence with brand new development

A few months ago I commented on the new Waitrose/John Lewis retail site in Horsham, principally in relation to the way the visualisations of the (then yet to be opened) new development ducked the problematic issue of a very busy road severing the site … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 35 Comments

Natural character

What is ‘natural’? The word, formally, means something that is not made, or caused, by humans. But this strict definition is very rarely employed. We use the word ‘natural’ to describe all kinds of things that are not ‘natural’ at … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Car dependence, Dual network, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Mobility, Natural character, Safety, Southwater, Sustrans, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport policy | 98 Comments

Being unable to park a car directly outside a shop is not ‘segregation’

More on the ongoing saga of East Street in Horsham. I wrote back in October about opposition to the pedestrianisation of this increasingly popular and thriving street in the town centre during the main hours of the day. That article … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Pedestrianisation, Street closures, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 5 Comments

A challenge to pedestrianisation

Long-time readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with the story of East Street in Horsham. This is a narrow town centre street that used to be a one-way road, with narrow pavements and plenty of on-street parking, … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 6 Comments

Signs of hope

You may remember that in August, Philip Circus, a Horsham District Councillor, wrote a piece for the West Sussex County Times entitled Why British cyclists are not always heroes. The article, which I responded to here, actually bears a great deal … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Cycling renaissance, Dangerous driving, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Road safety, Street closures | 8 Comments

A curious paradox

A district councillor in Horsham, Philip Circus, has a ‘provocative’ column in the local newspaper, the West Sussex County Times. Judging by the typical character of his output, it is usually safe to take ‘provocative’ to mean ‘ill-informed’ (a staple … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Road safety, Subjective safety | 28 Comments

The civilising of Horsham town centre

Only two years ago, East Street in Horsham looked like this. A narrow street, with large numbers of shops and restaurants, but designed principally around the motor vehicle. Despite the large numbers of pedestrians using the street, the pavements were … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, One-way streets, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 5 Comments

Conservative councillor Christian Mitchell finds an issue that really matters – an unobtrusive £96 sign

I am pleased to report that I am indirectly responsible for a ‘headline’ story in my local newspaper, the West Sussex County Times – although I think this must certainly count as a very slow news week if a story … Continue reading

Posted in Councillor Christian Mitchell, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Signs, West Sussex County Council | 16 Comments

Crossing the road

Some good news – eventually – in Horsham. THE STAFF, parents, governors and children at Leechpool Primary School are having a triple celebration after winning their six-year battle for a pedestrian crossing and successfully passing two inspections. The Horsham school’s … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Department for Transport, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Road safety, Town planning, Walking, West Sussex County Council | 6 Comments