30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, October 22, 1982.

The first phase of the Laing housing estate in Broadbridge Heath was opened by the chairman of Horsham District Council, David Keen.

There will be 48 houses in this first phase making up the Arun Gardens estate.

Tony Gimson, area director for Laing Homes, opened the proceedings with a speech praising Horsham District Council for speeding through planning permission.

He explained the 48-house phase was the beginning of a long relationship his company would have with Broadbridge Heath. By the time the company had moved away he expected it would have built over 200 houses in the village.

The development includes a large number of single bedroom apartments and two bedroom houses for single people or young married couples.

Mr Gimson pointed out that while 55 per cent of prospective home buyers were single or two person families, over 75 per cent of the housing stock had three or more bedrooms.

The revolutionary design of the houses is such that each one can be delivered to the site in two huge boxes and then erected in a matter of weeks. The new design also allows for good insulation and so makes the homes cheap to heat.

The estate will include a wide range of dwellings from one to four bedroom houses.

The race to bring independent radio to the Reigate and Crawley area, which includes Horsham district, has been narrowed down to two companies.

They are Oak Ridge Radio, started by Frank Carpenter, of Horsham, and Badger Broadcasting, led by film and television scriptwriter Hazel Adair, who lives near Reigate.

The Independent Broadcasting Authority, which grants licences on behalf of the Government, said it had received only two applications by the closing date.

After studying the applications, IBA members and staff will visit the area for a public meeting and to hold preliminary interviews with the applicant groups.

Individuals and organisations are also invited to send written comments to the IBA on any aspect of the planned station, which would serve 280,000 people on VHF and 370,000 on medium wave during daylight.

The threatened closure of West Sussex College of Agriculture, near Pulborough, has shocked the farming community.

“It would be disastrous for the whole county,” said Ray Cranfield, chairman of the Horsham branch of the National Union of Farmers. “There are 11,000 of us involved in agriculture.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council has confirmed that a three-man team is currently studying activities at the college at Brinsbury.

“The county council is looking into the present and future needs of West Sussex for agricultural and horticultural education and how this is being met at Brinsbury,” he said.

“The findings will emerge within the next couple of months through the usual committee system.”

Mr Cranfield, who has a dairy herd at Rickfield Farm, Mannings Heath, said he understood the proposal was to ‘put Brinsbury on a three-year probation’.

“This would also be disastrous because you cannot plan a farming programme with a three-year probationary period hanging over your head,” he said.

“Farming is a long term, not a short term business.”