30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, January 9, 1981.

PLANS to increase parking charges in Horsham District Council car parks by just over 16p in the pound were overwhelmingly rejected on Tuesday.

By 11 votes to three members of the planning and development committee decided that the council’s policy and resources committee should have a rethink about the proposed increase with a maximum rise of 12 per cent.

The decision was taken despite the council’s policy that charges for services in 1981-82 should be increased sufficiently to cover additional expenditure arising from inflation.

Council officers had anticipated an extra income from car parking of more than £26,000 in a full year if the increases originally proposed had been approved.

But on Tuesday there was no dissent that the excess penalty of £1 for overstaying the paid for time in a council car park was far too low. The charge is almost certain to be £6 if the ‘excess ticket’ is settled within 14 days or £10 after that.

VOTERS could have elected an MP for Horsham and Crawley for the very last time.

Recommendations published by the Boundary Commission for England yesterday propose that the towns should be split apart to form two new constituencies.

And should the present Government last its full term, the changes could be implemented in time for a general election in 1984.

If the changes are approved by Parliament, Horsham and Crawley’s present MP, Peter Hordern, would have the option of standing either for the new Horsham constituency or the new Crawley one – and he has already decided that he would stay with Horsham.

Under the proposals, the new Horsham constituency would exactly match the area covered by Horsham District Council, which would mean bringing the Chanctonbury villages at the southern end of the district into the Horsham constituency from Shoreham.

The new Crawley constituency would incorporate a large chunk of the north-west corner of the present Mid-Sussex constituency. Mid-Sussex would gain the town of East Grinstead to compensate for the loss of some of its villages to Crawley.

THIRTY-three years after Richard Page first put the idea forward, West Chiltington opened the doors of its new youth centre headquarters.

At the annual meeting of the youth club held in the centre the same evening Mr Page relinquished the chairmanship of the club and a minute later was elected president.

The club is not something new for West Chiltington, only the youth centre.

The club is one of the healthiest youth clubs in West Sussex. It has a membership of 160, with 120 of them attending regularly each week. Until Monday the club had been squeezing itself into the adjoining Church Hall for five years.

“Thirty-three years ago,” said Mr Page, “we started in an old hut that housed French-Canadian soldiers in the second world war.

“Later we hired a hall by the Queen’s Head. It was then that we became really ambitious and bought the old British Legion hall, which eventually we sold for £370, which we invested.

“That was the start of our hall fund-raising work. Now we have this wonderful place, our own building, all paid for, and tonight we are ready to start.”