30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, October 1, 1982.

His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, first cousin to the Queen, touched down in Horsham at the start of a flying visit to Sussex.

His Wessex helicopter of the Queen’s Flight landed in the playing fields of Collyer’s Sixth Form College in Hurst Road to rousing cheers from its 800 pupils who this year are celebrating the school’s 450th year.

The Duke came to lay a commemorative stone for the college’s new extension before going on to Worthing, Aldingbourne and Chichester.

He was met by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, who introduced him to local and county dignitaries as police special branch officers hovered discreetly nearby.

The Duke then reviewed a guard-of-honour from the college’s combined cadet force.

Once the formalities were over, he went on a brief walkabout to admire the college facilities and meet some of the students.

Marks and Spencer are one step nearer the opening of the Horsham store following approval by district councillors of outstanding details of design.

Approval was given for a three-storey building containing 42,000 square feet of floor space for sales and stock plus offices, staff quarters and goods reception areas.

Proposals also include 40 car parking spaces on the roof of the new building with access from the fourth floor of Albion Way multi-storey car park. These spaces will be for public use under pay and display arrangements.

Members of the council’s area one planning committee were told the building would be designed to introduce an elevational appearance to Swan Walk, harmonising with existing premises.

Details of brickwork and other materials will be the subject of further conditions requiring samples to be submitted for approval. Alan Joyner, district planning officer, told members the proposals were much in line with the outline permission granted in April.

Marks and Spencer has not been discouraged by the failure to find a buyer for a similar store in Horsham, Grants, which is still on the market.

Uproar over lorries thundering through Storrington broke out at the parish council’s meeting.

“If we don’t start shouting we are not going to get anything done,” warned parish councillor Mrs Thelma Kirker-Head. She expressed concern about dust caused by lorries and ‘deafening’ noise.

She suggested a weight limit should be imposed on vehicles to try and solve the problem. Her comments came after a report by the council’s highways, footpaths and street lighting committee about goods vehicles on village roads.

The committee noted that in recent years the goods traffic passing through Storrington has increased considerably.

A greater quantity of goods traffic was also being generated from the Water Lane industrial estate.

The committee had a discussion with Horsham District Council planners when it was agreed to resubmit to West Sussex County Council that a bypass for the village should be incorporated in the local plan covering the next ten years.

The committee had recently thrashed out the possibilities of a bypass, or an enforceable designated route for goods traffic, or a total ban on all parking of vehicles in the village centre to improve traffic flow. Finally, it had agreed that a bypass would be the only real remedy.