30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, August 27, 1982.

Concern over possible development at the old Manor House School site in Worthing Road, Horsham, has been expressed by members of the district council planning committee.

They agreed to write immediately to West Sussex County Council stating their views before the county council began drawing up detailed plans.

They also decided to set up a working party to look into preferred uses for the land which is owned by the county council.

Several councillors on the area one sub-committee had been strongly in favour of keeping the complete area as an open space with the possibility of using it for recreation.

But Tony Jones, director of planning and development, said he would be against putting a total embargo on development because the land was near the centre of the town and presented an option for dealing with problems which might arise in the future regarding lack of development land.

He said the officers would like more time to consider possible uses for the land, bearing in mind the type of development which might be acceptable to local councillors.

Exam statistics from schools throughout West Sussex which are collated at County Hall, Chichester, may be ‘sexed’ for the first time next year – to check how many girls are taking science subjects.

The possibility of such a survey is now being considered by director of education Roy Potter, following the publication of a new report by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

This suggested that girls were lagging behind boys in the age of technology, and not taking enough science courses.

Mr Potter said that in West Sussex, nothing but encouragement was given to girls to take such subjects. “But without a survey, we cannot know how successful we are being as a county,” he added.

He hoped a survey could take place during 1983, making use of the micro computers now being installed in schools.

“For example, it would be nice to know just how many girls are taking ‘O’ and ‘A’ level physics and technical subjects,” said Mr Potter.

Nosey neighbours may be a nuisance to some but to elderly people they could prove a boon.

Taking an interest in senior citizens living next to you could save them a lot of heartache and money, said a senior Horsham police officer.

Ch Insp Dennis Care was talking about the way conmen seem to be able to easily fool old people, walk into their homes and walk out with their life-savings or valuable possessions.

He continued: “Elderly people are being preyed upon, there is no doubt about it.” He urged neighbours to keep an eye on elderly residents.

If you see people calling at their door or strange vehicles parked outside make sure you let these people know you are watching. If a trader calls take his vehicle number.

There may be no need to call the police straight-away but keep the information just in case it is needed. Of course, if you see something really suspicious then do call them immediately.

Being termed a nosey neighbour may not be a bad thing if you do save someone’s property.

The elderly should still try to be vigilant themselves.

These conmen have a whole host of stories, but don’t be fooled, is the advice from police.