30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times, dated Friday July 30, 1982

Horsham Chamber of Trade is lobbying the district council to get buses out of the Carfax and into a proper bus station.

Writing to the director of administration, the chamber said it was concerned about the buses making free use of the Carfax.

It claimed they caused traffic hold-ups, heavy damage to the roads, and increased noise and fumes in the town centre.

Peter Mackman, secretary of the Chamber of Trade, said the Carfax was ideal for buses at the moment because there were no rent and rates for them to pay.

The chamber suggested that if alternative space were available, for instance the present space behind the main post office near Swan Walk, it could be used for a bus station.

“If the Carfax is cleared it would make it more attractive, and more of a centre of the town,” said Mr Mackman.

“The bandstand is useless with all that traffic milling around. If it was quieter you could have bands playing there,” he continued.

Horsham Football Club’s future lies in the hands of the supporters as the Hornets enter what was described as ‘the crunch year’ during the annual meeting.

The club still has debts of nearly £9,000 despite large cutbacks in expenses last season and players forced to use their cars for away games.

Outgoing chairman, Frank King, commented: “We are in a financial mess and this is the crunch year for the club.

“ We have got to put the club in a better financial situation – it would be a pity to fold it up after 98 years.

“But Horsham people must be part of it and I ask football fans to cheer their team on.”

One of the cutbacks this season will be that players will have no expenses, let alone wages.

New chairman, John Laker, said that the players will be turning out for Horsham purely for the love of it, although it was hoped that the good facilities would attract people to the club.

More support was needed on the committee for a start, as there were only nine members to help keep the Queen Street pitch and clubhouse in good order.

After ten years of trying to find a new home, Fisher’s Garage is definitely on the up in 1982 with a new two acre site on the junction of the busy A24 Worthing and A281 Guildford roads at Broadbridge Heath.

The family business still chaired by Harry Fisher, who started it in 1930, and now run by his son, Ray Fisher, celebrated it’s half century in Horsham a couple of years ago.

Now the original North Parade and the Springfield Road sites will close, as the whole business, moves lock stock and barrel to the new larger premises.

The new site came about because of the Broadbridge Heath bypass being built by farmer Ivor Warren. He needed to buy one more strip of land to get the bypass site – and the asking price was out of his reach.

Mr Fisher offered to buy the land, extract what was needed for the new garage, and sell the remainder to Mr Warren for the bypass site.

“Broadbridge Heath had the choice between a bypass and a garage or neither,” he said.

Fortunately the deal went ahead and everybody was happy.