30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, December 11, 1981.

A BIG clampdown on car parking throughout Horsham is being planned.

The current system of allowing parking for one hour is to be replaced by double yellow lines forbidding any parking at all on many roads.

Other roads will be the subject of restrictions for the first time and some will become part of a new one-way system.

A spokesman said: “People are clearly parking where they shouldn’t or for periods of time in excess of those allowed. These new restrictions are in line with the findings of a recent survey of parking in the town.’’

Loading and unloading will also be prohibited between 8-9.30am and 4.30-6.30pm Monday to Saturday inclusive on the north side of East Street.

One way systems are to be introduced in the following streets: Barrington Road; Burford Road; Chichester Terrace, from Wellington Road to Norfolk Road; Norfolk Road; Norfolk Terrace and North Street.

MEMBERS of Ashington Parish Council and staff from West Sussex’s county surveyor’s department have met in a bid to solve the village’s traffic hazards.

Villagers say they ‘take their lives into their own hands’ each time they attempt to cross the treacherous A24 – London to Worthing road – which slices straggly Ashington in two.

“Although there is a 40mph speed limit through the village, drivers don’t stick to it,” explained parish clerk, Mike Laker.

In September, parish councillors were confronted with a petition from residents demanding action. No-one has been killed on the road but there have been a number of accidents there in the last three years.

At November’s parish council meeting a resident was angry because the bypass Ashington people had hoped for has been dropped due to cash cutbacks at County Hall.

“Because the bypass plans have now been shelved for an indefinite period,” said Mr Laker. “We decided the only answer was to introduce a scheme to try and improve conditions on the A24.’’

A WOLF ran wild for 24 hours after escaping from an unlocked cage, Horsham magistrates heard on Tuesday.

The she-wolf escaped from Sedgwick Park near Horsham in July and had to be drugged with doctored meat before she could be recaptured.

The wolf’s owner, Anne Stephenson Bizony, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with conditions laid down in the wild animal licence, issued by Horsham District Council, to keep the wolf under lock and key, and was fined £50 with £80 costs.

On the owner’s behalf, it was said on the night of July 10 intruders had entered the property and in the process of taking saddles from the tack room the wolf was deliberately released.

The owner had had the wolf for six years and there had been no previous incidents with the animal, it was said.