30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, October 8, 1982.

Raw sewage flooded gardens in Broadbridge Heath at the weekend and the district council says it can do nothing to end the recurring problem.

Blockages in the pipes were blamed for flooding gardens in Corsletts Avenue on Saturday night and Sunday.

The cause was building materials that had got in to the sewers, said district engineer Alan Small.

One resident said overflowing sewers had ruined her garden and caused an unpleasant smell six or seven times in the 11 years she had lived there.

When she came home on Saturday she found sewage coming up through the sink drain behind the house.

On Sunday morning it was gushing ‘just as if a tap had been turned on’ into the garden.

Council workmen were called in and spent all Sunday pumping out the sewage.

“The smell was awful,” said the resident, who added that even after the sewage had subsided, a lot of rubbish remained.

She said the council had told her the sewage system was too old to cope with the demands of the houses but there were no plans to replace it.

With the new Laing estate to be built alongside Corsletts Avenue she felt something would have to be done to provide a system for those houses because the present network obviously could not cope.

Horsham and District Chamber of Trade is angry that its proposals for moving buses out of the Carfax have not been considered by members of Horsham District Council.

The chamber’s secretary, Peter Mackman, wrote to the council outlining the chamber’s proposals for moving buses out of the Carfax altogether to a new bus station between the back of the post office and Albion Way.

Mr Mackman received a reply from Martin Pearson, the council’s director of administration, expressing the view that there was, at present, no justification for a major change in arrangements for buses in Horsham.

Mr Mackman complained that the council’s officers were doing things ‘off their own bat’ and that it should have been presented to the council for its consideration.

“After all,” he said, “councillors are our elected representatives and they should be given their chance to say something about our proposals.”

In his letter, Mr Mackman said: “From inquiries we have already made, we find that there is considerable support for finding a suitable alternative site for the buses.

“It is understood that even some of the bus companies would not object, providing that the alternative did not involve them in additional expense.”

Mr Pearson, in his letter to the chamber, said it was likely to be considered when the Horsham District Plan came up for its first review.

Amberley Castle has been sold to an anonymous American buyer for a price in the region of £750,000.

The building, with a 439-acre estate, is one of the few castles to come on the market within 100 miles from London.

The estate includes a cottage, two let farms, Castle Farm, a holding of about 320 acres, including a pair of cottages and set of farm buildings, and The Brooks, a holding extending to about 108 acres.

Amberley Castle dates mainly from the 14th century and is scheduled as an ancient monument.

The last owner was the late Thomas Emmet who bought it in 1925 and it was occupied until the death of his widow, the late baroness Emmet of Amberley, the former MP for East Grinstead.