30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, February 12, 1982.

WORK could begin on a £500,000 country park scheme at Southwater within the next year.

The policy and resources committee of Horsham District Council recommended the council should turn the clay pits at Redland Brick’s site into a park.

There would be three lakes and general leisure facilities included in the plans.

After the meeting, Roland Albrecht, a Southwater representative on Horsham council, said: “This will be a marvellous thing not only for Southwater, but the whole area. The village is very short of open spaces which the whole community can use and this will be a great asset.

“I am very much hoping that there will be within the country park, a new pub and a licensed restaurant. Negotiations are already going on with someone who is interested in providing these facilities.”

The Redland Brick Company has provisionally agreed to give the land to the council and make a contribution to the scheme.

When the company expanded on the site in the late 1940s it was stipulated in planning conditions that the land should be returned to its former condition when the company had finished with it.

HUNDREDS of airline jobs are hanging in the balance as the Official Receiver was considering the future of Freddie Laker’s Gatwick-based airline.

Many of the worried 2,500 staff employed by the firm live in West Sussex and a number of them have homes in Horsham and Crawley. They include 350 pilots, 500 cabin crew and 35 catering staff.

Their futures depended on decisions being made by the firm of accountants called in when the company’s debts of £270m brought about its downfall a week ago.

A spokesman for the receivers said: “We have to consider whether paying wages will be just throwing good money after bad, as well as the unemployment effects on the staff.

“The future depends purely on the attitude we might take on the possibility of selling Laker Airways as a going concern.

“I can’t say that it’s a high hope, but neither can I say its a forlorn hope.”

Some Laker staff, fearing the worst, have already registered with Jobcentres in Horsham and Crawley. “They are assuming that their jobs have gone,” commented the Horsham manager.

PEOPLE who travel on London Country Green Line coaches at off-peak times will benefit from a reduction in fares.

The company, in a bid to win new passengers, has set a maximum fare of £1 for single journeys and £1.50 for ‘Outback’ day returns.

The following examples of travel from Horsham on coach 714 give an indication of the savings: Horsham to London – single down from £1.80 to £1, and day return down from £2.15 to £1.50; Horsham to Kingston – single down from £1.70 to £1; Horsham to Chessington Zoo – day return reduced from £1.95 to £1.50.

Bernard Davis, Green Line’s commercial manager, said: “We want to show the public that coach travel is not an outdated relic of the days when most people did not have their own cars, but a modern and convenient form of transport that offers speed, comfort and better value than ever.”