Meals with Age UK during Lockdown

At the Horsham District Older Peoples Forum committee meeting on 6th January 2021 a member of Age UK advised funding has been received to provide meals to people in Horsham for either a donation of £2 for a meal and 75p for a desert. If you cannot afford to pay the meals will be given free. Meals are delivered to the home, frozen, with instructions how to cook.

If you are in need of this service please call 01403 260560 and select option 3. Alternatively email at: info@ageukwsbh.org.uk
You will be given a menu and a time for delivery. An order of a weeks supply can be provided as long as you have a freezer. There are no restrictions as the offer is open to everyone.

This offer is only available during the current lockdown. Age UK will carry on the service after however, the costs will be increased as there would be no more funding for this offer.

WSCC – Household Waste Recycling Sites under Tier 4 restrictions

Please see this extract from WSCC newsletter:

West Sussex is currently under Tier 4 restrictions, which means that you should only leave home for essential reasons such as work, medical reasons or exercise. Despite this, we have seen a large increase in visitors to our Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) this week, including one resident arriving with just two cardboard boxes for recycling!

This has led to increased queues at some sites, which has in turn caused disruption for local residents, on nearby roads, and has caused the police to be called on more than one occasion. Due to the large number of visitors arriving we had to temporarily close some sites in order for traffic to dissipate, causing further disruption.

While we appreciate that not everyone has space to safely store items at home, please continue to use kerbside collections as much as possible, and check with your local District or Borough Council to see if they will accept additional recycling or waste over the Christmas period and as we move in to the New Year. We would also ask that you only visit the site if you unable to store items at home without risk to your health or the health of others, and to adhere to the Tier 4 restrictions that are in place.

You can find more information about your local Council collections here:

We have also included a handy reference guide below as to the wide range of items that can be recycled at home, and we post updates and helpful information on our social media channels – you can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Recycling at home

At the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue. However we would encourage residents to consider ways of reducing the amount of waste produced. For hints and tips on ways to reduce your waste please visit our website.  You can check the list below for details of the items that can and cannot be placed in your kerbside recycling bin. Further information can be found online.

Covid-19 Updates

The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.

Please continue to check www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling kerbside collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes

Anti-social behaviour and improving public places – consultation.

As you may know, there is currently a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in force across the Horsham District.  This came into effect on 1 April 2018 with the aim of addressing anti-social behaviour and improving public spaces. Each PSPO lasts for three years and the current one expires on 31 March 2021.

Horsham District Council would like to renew the PSPO for a further three years (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2024) and also include new prohibitions.


What is in the current PSPO?

The Horsham District PSPO currently prohibits the following activities:

  • Nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol
  • Anti-social use of vehicles
  • Not picking up dog fouling
  • Lack of control of dogs
  • Unauthorised access and nuisance behaviour – Horsham town only
  • Racing of horse drawn vehicles on any dual carriageway, including the A24 and A264


Suggested additional prohibitions to be included:

District wide
No intoxication or possession of psychoactive substances

It is proposed to add a prohibition to the Order that states that no person shall drink, inhale, inject, or otherwise use or be in possession of any intoxicating substances, or “legal highs”, or drug paraphernalia including nitrous oxide canisters.

Horsham Town Only

No unlicensed busking

Licensed buskers are required to meet certain conditions and to make available their badge for inspection by Horsham District Council Neighbourhood Wardens, Police, Environmental Health or Licencing officers. If added to the PSPO, failure to either produce their badge or to stick to the conditions would lead to a fixed penalty notice.

No selling of periodicals which include a prize competition dependent on skill

We have received complaints from the public about companies who purport to being charitable in status when in fact they are for profit, employing aggressive sales tactics and misleading information. Despite challenge, these companies continue to operate considering that they do not require a traders licence as they are running a prize competition based on skill. The tickets are categorised as ‘periodicals’ as the competition is drawn once a year. It is proposed to implement a prohibition to deal with this problem and to tackle the aggressive selling techniques, whilst not affecting legitimate selling such as the Big Issue.

No anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour in car parks and stairwells

There have been numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour within the car parks in the town centre, caused by young people consuming alcohol or drugs, causing damage and playing loud music. These activities have given rise to complaints to both the Council and the Police from residents and are causing nuisance, annoyance and distress to other members of the public wishing to use these public spaces.

No drinking of alcohol in The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance

The Council and Police have received numerous complaints concerning individuals gathering on benches in the Causeway and the Gardens of Remembrance in Horsham town. Those gathering often do so to drink alcohol together and then to on to engage in anti-social behaviour such as public urination, using threatening and abusive language, and being drunk and disorderly. The behaviour from such individuals generally improves upon the arrival of Police or Council staff making it difficult to effectively respond to the issue. It is therefore proposed that the drinking of alcohol within the restricted areas of The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance is prohibited.

Consultation

Horsham District Council would like your views on the new prohibitions and whether we should extend the PSPO for a further three years. An online consultation is now live on the Council’s website now: www.horsham.gov.uk/pspoconsultation until 31 January 2021.