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From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, August 6, 1982

A new arts centre for Horsham in the existing ABC cinema building in North Street finally got the go-ahead from Horsham District Council. But it is with the strict proviso that it should ‘in no circumstances’ cost more than £1,317,000, the proceeds of the sale of the Capitol Theatre to Marks and Spencer. Any grants received would be used in addition to that sum. John Scragg (West Grinstead) opened the debate with an amendment to the ‘go-ahead’ recommendation, which would reinforce the spending limit on the project. He said that he was ‘still apprehensive and suspicious’ about the scheme and felt that, if tenders exceeded the limit, councillors would agree to stretch the cost. He then spoke of ‘dedicated, not to say fanatical, supporters of the scheme’.

Businessmen in the South East are reporting that the economic recovery has faltered. At a meeting of the Confederation of British Industry’s South Eastern Regional Council, businessmen said that the recovery, which had been showing promise earlier this year, had unfortunately slowed down. Dorian Davies, vice-chairman of the CBI regional council, said: “The engineering sector reports unsustained spurts in orders. Other sectors report flat demand, especially the paper industry and the consumer durables market. The position in export markets is particularly poor, with no sector reporting an improvement in demand.”

Companies’ profits remain depressed, and companies are showing great reluctance to invest in new projects, unless they can pay for themselves very quickly. Unemployment continues to be a cause of concern; almost all sectors of industry say they expect to shed further jobs in the coming months.

Horsham’s ‘appalling’ litter problem was raised at a meeting of the district council by Anthony Windrum (Denne), who said that it was ‘all a matter of attitude’. He quoted several examples to illustrate his point ending with a school, which he declined to name, where ‘children were sent to clear up litter, for which they were mostly responsible’. “Afterwards,” Mr Windrum continued, “there was a fair number of complaints from parents saying that they did not send their children to school to pick up litter.”

Hannelore West (Trafalgar) said that near her home there was another school where children on their way to and from school were throwing away sweet papers and crisp packets ‘with gay abandon’.

Speaking about the town’s litter problem in general, Mrs West said: “If people want to live in a pigsty, then it’s their pigsty.”

Eddie Millier (Forest) said that he thought the only way to stop litter was to fine people who dropped it, but Evelyn Mauchell (Riverside), chairman of the council’s recreation and environment committee, told him: “It’s very difficult to make these summonses stick.”