30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 2, 1982.

Council house building policy in Horsham district was described as ‘appalling’ by a Liberal councillor.

Mrs Jackie Campbell (Bramber and Upper Beeding) speaking at a meeting of Horsham District Council’s housing committee, said: “Our policy is appalling and I am disgusted by it.”

The committee had been told that only 29 new council homes would be completed in the current financial year.

It was told that people with priority on the housing waiting list could expect to wait three instead of two years to be rehoused; that there was no hope of any significant reduction in the number of people on the waiting list in the foreseeable future.

There were 1,500 on that list at the moment.

The committee was being asked to decide what amount of grant it should seek from the Government for its 1983-84 housing investment programme.

At the end of the debate members decided to ask for £4 million from the Government and to add just over £1 million from its own capital receipts.

Mrs Campbell said that this was not enough.

The RSPCA’s Roffey Training College and Queen Anne house Roffey Place has gone on the market at a total asking price of £600,000.

The sale is being handled on behalf of the society, which had a £1.5 million deficit last year, by Horsham estate agents Weller Eggar.

The 37-bed college has been used in training of inspectors and was acquired by the RSPCA when a special school closed there three years ago.

Now it has become a victim of the society’s cash crisis, along with other cuts in staff and the work of inspectors across the country.

A house in the grounds, the 280-year-old Roffey Place was until recently the home of the Horsham based charity’s former executive director, Julian Hopkins, who was sacked earlier this year.

The house was subject of a national newspaper campaign in 1981 and heightened criticism of the way the RSPCA was being run.

Controversial proposals for new development at Wantley Hill estate, Henfield, have been temporarily shelved.

Following an outcry by Wantley Hill residents and Henfield Parish Council against the scheme.

Horsham District Council’s housing committee decided to put off making a decision on it and visit the estate.

Uproar over the proposed development, which involves the demolition of two houses and the curtailment of two others, erupted when Wantley Hill residents first learned of the scheme through an article in the County Times.

There were complaints the council had failed to consult residents whose homes would be affected and that it had breached the tenants’ charter.