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New Council Tax figures reveal Crawley residents pay 37% more than Horsham

With the Government releasing the latest Council Tax figures, Horsham District’s Council Tax level is among the lowest 18% of all councils across the country.



Crawley residents pay a substantial £198.99 to their local council; 37% (36.7) more than their neighbours in Horsham. This isn’t the most expensive in the county, though. Residents in Worthing pay £231.30 on a Band D property and those living in Adur, a massive £290.79. That’s 50% (49.7) more than the West Sussex average of £194.21.

Despite continuing pressures on the Council’s finances and the loss of all government support funding, Horsham District residents will continue to benefit from the lowest Council Tax in West Sussex and the lowest of all neighbouring authorities for the financial year 2018/19. This comes as the Government has just issued the latest figures for Council Tax levels throughout the country.

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At £145.60 a year the District’s Council Tax level is also among the lowest 18% of all councils across the country.

So what sets Horsham District Council apart from the rest?

The District Council focus is on delivering all its existing services through a mixture of productivity improvements, income generation, and various other efficiency measures.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, Cllr Brian Donnelly, said:

“I am pleased that despite the disappearance of the revenue support grant from central Government, we have been able to maintain our pledge of not increasing Council Tax by more than inflation and we continue to have not just the lowest level Council Tax in West Sussex but one of the lowest in the country.

“In the coming year we will continue our programme of investment to enable the Council to become entirely self-financing, and I am pleased to note that this budget reflects significant areas of income growth from our property investment fund.

“At a time when the pressure on local authority finances remains as great as ever, it is commendable that the Council continues to deliver such an excellent financial performance for our residents.”

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb Tweeted in response to this article:


Take a virtual reality walk-through the £21m proposed fire training station for West Sussex



Proposals for West Sussex’s first state-of-the-art fire service learning and development centre and new 24-hour fire station have been revealed.

West Sussex County Council is proposing the £21m development for land off the A24 at Highwood Mill, near Horsham.

You can take a virtual reality walk-through here:

A public exhibition to showcase the proposals will take place from 4 to 11 March at Horsham Library.

Two drop-in sessions for people to view the proposed development and chat to the fire service and architects will be held at the library on:

  • Thursday 5 March 4pm – 7pm
  • Saturday 7 March 9am – 12 noon

The 24-hour fire station will incorporate all the best practice around firefighters’ health and wellbeing, including designated ‘clean’, ‘transitional’ and ‘dirty’ areas for firefighters returning from incidents.

The learning and development centre will include residential accommodation to deliver firefighter training. In addition to various training rooms used for digital simulations and assessments, three ancillary buildings will assist in the delivery of real-life scenarios:

  • combined training tower and breathing apparatus facility
  • realistic live fire training facility which will have zero emissions
  • residential recruit training
  • multi-agency incident command training facility
  • realistic road traffic collision training area

The new facility has an emphasis on renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps providing heating, in-line with the county council’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for the Fire and Rescue Service and Communities, said:

“These are incredibly exciting plans.

“It has long been our aspiration to build a state-of-the-art training facility for our firefighters and these will be among the best facilities in the UK.

“It has also been a vision for more than a decade to create a new fire station for Horsham. These are ground-breaking plans being put forward by the County Council for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and I would encourage people to come along to the public exhibition.”

Following the public exhibition, a planning application will be submitted in the spring.

HNW Architects are leading the design of the project and Willmott Dixon Construction have been appointed as the contractors to take forward the project.

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