30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, November 6, 1981.

WATER officials have apologised for the appalling smell that has been wafting over many homes and offices on the western side of Horsham for over a week.

After receiving many complaints, Horsham District Council served a notice on Chesworth Farm, in the Brighton Road, requiring it to abate the nuisance.

It had been caused by sewage supplied to the farm as a fertiliser by the Southern Water Authority from its sewage works on the Horsham bypass.

The stench made some people feel ill but officials stressed that it was treated and therefore not a health hazard.

The water authority apologised for any inconvenience, regretted any nuisance caused and said it would not happen again. It admitted that its monitoring procedures ‘required tightening up’ and assured that this was being done.

Lorry-loads of the muck were dumped in a field close to homes in Athelstan Way and a short distance from Brighton Road. It was the wrong location. “There was an error on the part of the contractor,” said a water spokesman.

Residents had to keep windows closed for days and one family in Athelstan Way moved to live upstairs to avoid the worst of the problem.

CITIZENS’ Band is breaking out all over with the introduction of new laws which made two-way radio legal from midnight on Sunday. Even before the midnight deadline, radio companies and stores were flooded with eager customers making sure they had their rigs.

One such company was Road Radio in Springfield Road, Horsham. One of the owners, Roger Lighter, said: “We have had a tremendous number of enquiries and we have hardly done any advertising. The response is phenomenal. We cannot get enough rigs.”

On Saturday afternoon one eager customer from Horsham, an engineering consultant, paid more than £100 for a radio to be fitted in his car for work purposes and to take advantage of the new laws from the word go.

All Citizens’ Band radios have 40 channels. Although good for social and business purposes, CB radio has another role. Mr Lighter said: “There is a place in Crawley being set up called REACT and they will be monitoring channel nine and will put callers in contact with the police or any emergency services.”

THE TOWN of Steyning is all set for major new growth now that the Bramber-Steyning bypass is fully operational.

Some 33 acres of land between the new road and the present village residential boundary are being opened up for new housing, industry and open spaces.

The developments have been allowed for in the village plan which covers a period from 1978 to 1988, but they all depended on the finalising of the bypass which opened this summer.

Included are about 23 acres of land for housing spread over four sections and allowing 12 houses to the acre, six acres of land for light industry and four acres for recreational use.