30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, September 24, 1982.

A major row is expected at Horsham District Council’s next meeting over a proposal to provide 30 new car parking spaces in Horsham Park. And a further row is likely to erupt over a proposal to employ an attendant to man car parks for council staff and visitors to the council’s new North Street offices.

On Wednesday the council’s policy and resources committee gave the thumbs-down to new car parking spaces in the park – but only on the casting vote of its chairman, and the matter will still have to be decided finally by the full council at its next meeting.

The council will, however, be recommended to employ a full-time parking attendant for its North Street car parks at a cost of thousands of pounds a year.

At the meeting, Anthony Windrum (Denne) described the proposal to use an area bounded by the perimeter wall of the park, the rear wall of the Sun Alliance building and houses in Madeira Road for 30 parking spaces as ‘an appalling suggestion’.

The committee was told that the spaces could be for council staff and users of the Park Recreation Centre.

For many years, people in Chanctonbury area have enjoyed a reputation for sustaining interest in adult education.

But it seems interest in further education has suddenly flagged. The response to an annual invitation by the Chanctonbury centres for continuing education has been disappointing.

George Cockman, of Steyning Grammar School, who is responsible for the centres, said he was alarmed at the falling away of interest in the 150 courses he has on offer.

He said unless there was a second breath response there may be ‘a massive close down’. Half of the listed 150 courses could fail to get off the ground because of poor enrolment.

Six and seven people enrolling for a course is not justification for the course being started, he said. And that is exactly what happened during the recent enrolment period.

The centres have changed from the customary summer to autumn enrolment. George has decided to make one more bid to attract more people to enrol.

Work on the St Catherine’s Hospice in Malthouse Road, Crawley, is well on schedule for the Queen Mother’s visit this autumn.

Ground floor concrete slab and sub-structure is complete, said building committee chairman John Ebdon, and drainage work is about 70 per cent complete below ground.

Brickwork on one of the ward blocks has already reached windowsill level and the walls of the two-storey central octagon of the building are rising rapidly.

“There have been no unexpected problems with the foundations and sub-structure,” Mr Ebdon continued. “One or two small extras have been necessary because of amendments to the service lift and laundry equipment but substantial savings have been made in other areas.

“It is not anticipated at this stage that there will be any increase in the contract sum.”

The builders, W C Hilton & Sons, of Haywards Heath, tendered £811,648 for the completion of the new hospice. But, fully equipped, it is estimated that the hospice will cost £1,050,000.

This money is being raised through covenants from local industry, legacies and by the fundraising efforts of members of the public co-ordinated by six local committees representing the areas which the hospice will serve.