30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, April 9, 1982.

SHORTLY before joining another crisis debate in the Commons on the Falkland Islands, Horsham MP Peter Hordern told the County Times he was confident of a satisfactory solution to the problems.

Whilst he very much regretted what had happened and insisted that British Sovereignty should be restored on the islands, he was confident a long-term settlement could be reached.

Mr Hordern said the problem of the Falkland Islands had plagued successive governments for many years and an invasion by Argentina could have happened at any time during the last 15 years.

“It is difficult to know what has happened this time but it is clear the Foreign Office did not think that this was the occasion that they would invade. That assessment was wrong and rightly the ministers concerned have resigned,” he said.

On the question of whether a great naval presence should have been in the area, Mr Hordern said the Navy was specifically asked not to take up stations there while it was thought there was a chance for diplomatic negotiations succeeding.

But now the Navy had set sail there should be no doubts about its readiness, said Mr Hordern.

SHOREHAM MP Richard Luce, whose constituency includes the South Downs area of the Horsham district, spoke of his shock resignation from the Foreign Office following the ‘devastating and insulting’ occupation of the Falkland Islands.

Mr Luce, who has had special responsibilities for the Commonwealth since last September, resigned his post on Monday – shortly after meeting Falkland Islands Governor, Rex Hunt, who has returned to Britain.

The Argentine invasion of the islands was a ‘humiliating setback’, he said, and he had offered the Prime Minister his resignation because he felt it was essential for her to have the full confidence and support of the country during the crisis.

Mr Luce was the Foreign Office minister at the centre of talks with Argentina over the future of the Falkland Islands.

A PIAZZA-style Market Square is one of the features of a plan by The Horsham Society to change the face of the town centre.

At the recent annual meeting the plan to drive ordinary car users out of Horsham town centre, first mooted two years ago, was again considered.

Stan Parsons, president, said he thought the time for such a plan had passed, and he was not so sure that pedestrianisation would benefit the town.

He thought some of the town’s life might be killed off if cars were removed altogether, as had happened in Chichester.

Stuart Reid, the chairman and an architect, who drew up the first plan, said it would not have meant paving over all the streets. He said public transport and lorries would still be allowed to use them.

The plan, he said, would have meant that East Street would only be used by delivery vehicles and the emergency services. He said at the moment people, who were too lazy to use a car park and walk, parked along there all day.

The whole basis of the plan he said was to get traffic away from the town centre.

He said the main proposal was to pave over Market Square with the town hall in the centre giving a piazza-style look.