What is Horsham Town Community Partnership?
The Horsham Town Community Partnership is an umbrella core group composed of members of Denne, Forest and Trafalgar Neighbourhood Councils, Horsham Society and Horsham in Bloom.
The purpose of the Partnership is to represent the aspirations of local organisations and residents, and through this, work on projects or issues affecting the town and its residents. The Partnership is registered as a company limited by guarantee and as such can apply for funds i.e.grant funding that other organisations like Horsham District Council or Neighbourhood/Parish Councils can't apply for.
The objects of the Partnership are to benefit the built-up area of Horsham town and its community by working on issues and projects of interest and concern to the area and which will contribute to securing its long term viability and the maintenance of its particular character, heritage and amenities.
The Community Partnership is action orientated. Any action worked on by the Community Partnership are actions that have been highlighted through consultation and views expressed by local people.
It is for the Community Partnership, backed by local community opinion, to decide the priority of any actions undertaken and to find the resources to work on projects.
With research done through Neighbourhood Council Appraisals and information from the District Council, issues that have been highlighted as being worthy projects were brought to the Community Partnership`s attention.
The two most important resources for the Community Partnership are people andfunding.
What kind of projects?
Please see the actions (which are actively ongoing) outlined in our Action Plan 2011 booklet below. The projects will help meet some or all of the following areas:
A better place to live
Opportunity for all
Better health for all
- Staying and feeling safe
The current 3 projects are: the Riverside Walk Enhancement, Horsham Young Persons Council (HYPER) and Horsham District Neighbourhood Watch. Please see the relevant pages listed.
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20th November 2013
The HTCP Riverside Walk Enhancement project has been nominated for a Community Award through an award scheme run in conjunction with the West Sussex County Times, Horsham District Council and a variety of local sponsors.
The awards are given on a yearly basis at a special event held at the Capital Theatre and recognises voluntary work within the community.
The awards event was held yesterday evening (19th November) and we are proud to announce that the Riverside Walk Enhancement project has won the award in the 'Friend of the Environment' category which is sponsored by Metrobus.
This is a fantastic achievement in recognition of all the hard work that the project team have given to the project.
Well done, everyone, you deserve it!
Several members of the project team and HTCP were able to attend yesterday evening's award event and there is special coverage in this week's West Sussex County Times on the event.
Read the WSCT article all about the awards evening here
We shall let Biffa Award know of the award as we are sure that they will be equally as pleased!
7th October 2013
Boost to Horsham Riverside Walk due to Biffa Award funding.
Horsham Town Community Partnership is set to benefit from a £37,386.41 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The Horsham Riverside Walk Enhancement Project, in West Sussex, was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme. The project will benefit the circular Riverside Walk by improving the paths and installing signs, benches and interpretation boards. Access for wheelchairs and buggies will be provided where possible.
The circular riverside walk covers 20 km (12½ miles) around Horsham and follows the River Arun and other water courses surrounding the town.
The project will provide better signage and information, benches for rest stops, and develop more volunteer groups to look after the asset. Increased use and management is expected to conserve the ecology of the route and protect existing river wildlife channels linking Warnham Nature Reserve, Chesworth Farm and Owlbeech / Leechpool Woods. These form an important wildlife corridor between the upper River Arun and other nature reserves such as Pulborough.
David Searle, Project Manager, Horsham Town Community Partnership pointed out, “The provision of information boards showing aspects of wildlife will complement educational needs and encourage young people to take an interest in this little known wonderful resource. The work on the Riverside Walk will create a fantastic amenity for residents and visitors to Horsham, maintaining green open space for community use.”
Horsham Town Community Partnership is presently working in conjunction with Horsham District Council on the project.
Chair of the Partnership, Jane Apostolou, has praised the work of the dedicated project team.
A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said: "We are delighted to hear that this funding has been received after everyone, including Horsham District Council, has worked exceptionally hard on this project."
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, added, “We’re pleased to support projects like the Horsham Riverside Walk Enhancement project. The project will heighten the experience of the users and also help conserve the surrounding area”
Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.
Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £135 million to thousands of worthwhile projects.
3rd October 2013
Riverside Walk project wins prestigious Award!
HTCP, for it's Riverside Walk Project has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), in conjunction with South in Bloom and South East in Bloom in winning the ' Best Establishing' Project 2013.
The award was presented to HTCP at an Awards Ceremony on the 3rd October 2013
The prize is part of the RHS ' It's Your Neighbourhood Awards'
The awards are given to recognise the work of community projects transforming their local area and immediate environment.
For more information on the project please see our Riverside Walk Project page.
If you would like to further information about HTCP or any of the current projects, please email Jane Apostolou at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Action Plan 2011 booklet
Click on the picture to download a copy of the HTCP Action Plan 2011 (PDF file 1.1MB)