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

ACTION could soon be on the way for several areas in the Horsham district badly hit by floods three times in the past year.

A series of proposals have been put forward by the Southern Water Authority’s management committee and are due for confirmation by the authority.

They come hard on the heels of the detailed flooding report issued by Horsham District Council calling for action in many flooding blackspots.

The report was prompted by a succession of freak storms which caused serious damage to homes, shops and factories and led to widespread public protest.

The committee want relief work to go ahead in the following areas:

1. A surface water sewer in Worthing Road, Southwater, which had been given high priority after pressure from Horsham council and is due to start in 1983 at a cost of £50,000 to the district.

2. Renewal of the surface water sewer in the High Street and London Road, Henfield. Horsham council reported this would end the problems there and hoped the reconstruction of the High Street would include improved gullies and drainage. Other problems in Church Street and Golden Square were to be investigated.

3. Relief surface water sewer from Park Lake to Blunts Way in Horsham which is now under construction and which the council says will help but will put the strain on the sewer downstream known to be in suspect condition.

4. Relief foul water sewer in Elm Grove, Horsham, due to start next year which the council say is essential with the current development in the area.

5. Investigation of the Horsham Southern ring foul water sewer to see if another trunk sewer is needed in view of the continuing development there.

6. Main drainage foul water sewer for Pulborough which Horsham council says will improve matters but not necessarily cure them as it is difficult to uprate the capacity of the Wickford Bridge pumping station.

7. Replacement of Rudgwick outfall foul water sewer which the council say will end many of the village’s problems.

8. New culvert for Spierbridge Road, Storrington.

THE ‘GROTTY’ council chamber in Horsham Town Hall is the worst that councillor Walter Roberts has ever visited.

And he told fellow councillors so when a meeting of Horsham District Council considered spending an additional £1,000 on carpeting for the chamber in an attempt to improve the room’s notoriously bad acoustics.

The proposal was that a carpet laid on good quality underlay be provided in the chamber at a cost of £2,500 – of which £1,500 had already been approved.

But the recommendation split the council with 17 members voting for and 17 against.

The stalemate was resolved by the chairman, Arthur Sheppard, using his casting vote to carry the recommendation.

ALMOST £300,000 was raised when the contents of Amberley Castle were auctioned in a two-day sale with the highest sum being fetched for a Dutch tapestry table carpet.

Auctioneers, Sotheby King and Chasemore, were expecting to sell the 800-odd lots for about £250,000.

But at the end of the day they had reached the massive figure of £282,000 with only one per cent of the lots not being sold.

Director of the firm, Christopher King, said there were a lot of international buyers at the sale.

And the 17th century Dutch tapestry carpet, which fetched £16,000, was bought on behalf of a Swiss collector and was to be exported.

“Apart from the carpet fetching a high price there was a Brussels tapestry portrait sold for £9,500 and a bureau reached £8,800,” he said.