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 Current issues

January 2013 

The Town Hall

For many years the Town Hall played an important role in the life of the town but in recent times it has been neglected and allowed to fall into virtual disuse.

Horsham Council conducted two separate consultations over its future and on each occasion there was clear support for its continued use as a community facility. However, on grounds of cost – both of maintenance and conversion to improve access - the Council decided to close it and lease it to a commercial tenant.

The Society originally opposed proposals to convert this old building to offices or an exclusive restaurant, and feeling that it should continue to be freely available for access by the public.

Plans were announced to convert the building into a Bill's restaurant. Whilst not the outcome many hoped for, at least it seemed to put an end to years of rumour and speculation and offered hope that new life would be breathed into a much loved old building and Market Square itself.

Unfortunately, this was not then end of the story and Bill’s first withdrew and then, after the Council had placed an open advertisement for the Town Hall, was again selected and awarded a lease.
Bill’s opened in December 2012.