30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, February 26, 1982.

A PUBLIC meeting on the future of Horsham’s theatre facilities voted overwhelmingly to support plans for a purpose-built arts centre in the town.

No hand was raised in favour of Horsham District Council’s move to convert the ABC Cinema in North Street into a replacement for the Capitol Theatre, in London Road, which it is selling to Marks and Spencer.

The meeting at the Capitol was called by Social Democrats who said they believed in open local government and felt the people of Horsham should be able to air their views on the controversial plans.

About 60 people turned out for the meeting and the first speaker from the audience was Jackie Walton, a member of Theatre 48, who said the meeting was a bit late as all efforts to stop the council going ahead with its plans had failed.

Douglas Goldie, SDP co-ordinator for Horsham and Crawley, said there was still an avenue which had not been tried. Planning permission for a store on the site of the Capitol would be needed and objections could be made which might lead to appeal and inquiry, he suggested.

IT MAY not look worth the £50,000 and effort being spent on taking it down, moving it and putting it back up again – but it is a pretty special building.

It’s the old tannery in Brighton Road, Horsham, and it is being dismantled prior to being moved to its new home, the Chalk Pits Museum, Amberley, where it will be re-erected.

The tannery is being preserved because it is one of the last examples surviving in West Sussex of a Victorian cast-iron frame building. It was also the last Sussex tannery to close in 1912.

The building’s move from Horsham to Amberley will be the second time it will have been relocated in its history. The frame of the building was cast in 1842 and soon after that the tannery was built in Bermondsey, at that time centre of the tanning industry in Britain.

At some time between 1876 and 1897 the building’s owners moved it to Horsham where it continued to be used as a tannery until it was sold to the county council to be used as a depot.

PEOPLE in Storrington are furious over plans to build up to 100 more homes in the village.

They turned out in force at a public inquiry to protest over the plans. Residents say the development would be ‘the final rape of Storrington’.

Chartered surveyor, Richard Maile, represented the William’s Group, the company aiming to build the homes. Its scheme is to build as many as 100 homes and a swimming pool complex.

Horsham District Council refused outline planning permission last summer. The council said the scheme conflicted with the County Structure Plan which aimed to ensure that a minimum of agricultural land was taken for development.

“The need to make this land available for housing far outweighs the reasons against,” argued Mr Maile. He denied there were serious problems of flooding and lack of facilities.

“These problems have been raised as objections for the last eight years,” he said.