30 years ago

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

ALREADY tipped as a future world champion, Handcross doctor Jonathan Palmer will be driving with two top teams this year.

Not only has he been picked to drive for last year’s winning formula two team Ralt Honda; but, last Friday he signed a contract to test drive cars for the 1980 Grand Prix winning team, Williams.

The 25-year-old doctor missed landing a Grand Prix drive for this season because of sponsorship problems.

But the contract with the British-based Williams team means he will get regular drives in formula one cars and will probably drive one race during the season.

All this gives him a better chance of reaching his goal of joining a formula one team and he is hoping that by 1983 he will join top drivers on the grid.

The two Williams drivers, Carlos Reuteman and Keke Rosberg, live abroad and it is because of this Jonathan has been offered the contract to test drive the cars on home territory.

“I could not wish to be with a better team. It was the most successful in 1980 and I am absolutely delighted,” he said.

IN THE wake of spending cuts and a savage winter, Britain’s roads are now in an ‘abyss of decline’, warns a report.

More accidents and increased congestion will occur on major roads and some minor roads may fall into complete disrepair and have to be closed to traffic unless more funds are made available, says the report.

‘Road maintenance, the decline of Britain’s roads’ has been drawn up by the British Road Federation.

In West Sussex, says the report: “Cuts make it more difficult year by year to prevent continued deterioration in the state of the roads.

“The increasing incidence of potholes and edge erosion, particularly on the minor roads, and the increasing number of claims as a result of accidents to vehicles and to pedestrians tell the same story.”

Quoting the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey, the report says of West Sussex: “The county council, the road transport users and the community as a whole could well find themselves paying heavily in the future for lack of adequate expenditure now, in the form of increased congestion, accidents and environmental deterioration.”

WITH the prospect of this year’s Horsham Festival looking brighter, the man who saved it from collapse has called a public meeting to recruit helpers.

Ray Fisher has resurrected the project from apathy and is now determined it will succeed.

“It will go ahead,” he said. “I cannot think of anything that has been left too late to be arranged and there should not be too much extra work because of the delay in getting started.

“In the past we have had to book events well in advance but recently, with the recession, people are coming to us and asking to be booked, so I do not see to much of a problem.

“It is too early to say which acts we are considering for the arena and I do not want to pre-empt the other committee members,” he said.

Mr Fisher said he suspected the festival would be on a slightly reduced scale, not so much because organisers were late starting, but because of the general financial climate.