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FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, February 5, 1982.

THERE was a sensational new development in the controversial Horsham District Council deal to sell the Capitol Theatre site to Marks and Spencer.

Although the council is already putting its plan into operation, a spectacular new offer of £2.5m for the town centre site at the top of London Road has been lodged by a Horsham-based business consortium.

In their bid, the consortium offer an alternative of paying £1.5m for the Capitol and, as part of a package, providing a new theatre for the town free of charge.

The chief executive of the council, Douglas Balmford, confirmed he had received the letter.

He said: “The council has made firm decisions on achieving the disposal of the Capitol site with regard to provision of new theatre facilities. The decisions are now being implemented.”

Mr Balmford said it was open to anyone to make alternative proposals ‘but it was not a case of the council having sought any’.

TANBRIDGE House Lower School and its playing fields in Horsham are to be sold off as housing development land.

Funds from the sale will be used to convert and extend the upper school in Worthing Road, said the county council’s property director, Brian Standivan.

Mr Standivan said the project was almost at the planning permission stage. He explained the initial approach had come from the school’s governors concerned with the problems of operating on a split site and being without adequate facilities such as sports halls and science laboratories.

Tanbridge headmaster, Neil Chapman, said he and the teaching staff were pleased at the prospect of having the school on one site and the improved facilities. It was hoped that the building work would take about two years and would begin within the coming year.

When Tanbridge Lower was built it was as Manor House Middle School. When the town’s education system went fully comprehensive it was taken over for the first and second year’s of Tanbridge.

ANGRY villagers have joined forces in a bid to halt what they have described as ‘the final rape of Storrington’.

Some 3,500 copies of the poster were delivered to homes in Storrington, West Chiltington, Sullington, Thakeham and Cootham.

The orange and black poster was masterminded by members of 11 different residents associations, each representing a percentage of the community. The poster is from the village to the village.

‘If You Care,’ reads the poster, ‘Help Save Your Village’. It says developers have appealed against Horsham District Council’s refusal of permission to build 76 residential units on farmland behind the Hormare estate.

“We’re not hysterical. We’re well organised and we intend to get stronger,” said Lewis Watteau, chairman of the Fryern Park Residents Association. “The timing has been important. This gives people enough time to write in protest. The people who have talked to us want to protest but we would be stupid if we thought someone wasn’t in favour of the appellant. The feeling is that there are far more against than for.”