30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, January 14, 1983.

A ban on all traffic in the Carfax and eventual pedestrianisation of the area were two of the suggestions made by Horsham district councillors.

Other ideas included banning all cars and leaving only buses; keeping buses in the inner Carfax and cars in the outer and moving buses to the area at the rear of Grandford House, which had been suggested by Horsham Chamber of Trade.

Speaking at a meeting of the planning and development committee, Maj Richard Maydwell urged the council to ban all private cars from both the inner and outer Carfax.

“It has been done in Oxford and it is very successful. Service vehicles could be loaded at certain hours,” he said.

As a result of the meeting, council officers will now study future changes.

Anthony Windrum also wanted all vehicles banned from the area. “To move buses behind the post office is a good idea. There should be no traffic in the Carfax at all except perhaps disabled persons’ vehicles and certain service vehicles,” he said.

The county surveyor said the alternative site, behind Grandford House, would not be as convenient for shoppers as the Carfax; would not be large enough to cope with manoeuvring buses and would present access difficulties. He suggested limiting the ‘largely unnecessary circulating movements’ which private cars made.

The bus companies said the Carfax was the most appropriate place to set down passengers as it took people to the commercial and shopping centre of the town.

District councillors have given the go-ahead for the property developer’s plans to build 24,000 square feet of offices on the site of the old Caffyns garage in North Street, Horsham.

The proposals are contrary to the council’s current policy on offices but the planning and development committee agreed the application by Deepdene Developments should be treated as a special case.

Councillors agreed by ten votes to three to approve the application for offices with associated car parking for the offices and proposed arts centre. Their decision was in accordance with the views expressed by the area one plans committee and council officers.

Brian Weston said: “This was discussed very carefully by area one plans, particularly with regard to its being a special case. The site is past its usefulness as a garage in an area where we would not particularly want to see another with the arts centre next door.”

Mrs Ivy Houghton suggested removing occupancy restrictions. She said she was worried that the town would be full of empty offices.

Villagers braved a biting wind on Wednesday to witness the historic opening of Broadbridge Heath’s £1.5m bypass by TV celebrity Cliff Michelmore.

The bypass is part of the unique £20m private enterprise package which includes an industrial estate off the Guildford Road and over 300 houses.

The opening ceremony was arranged by Lawson Hunt Development Ltd which took the financial risk of providing the bypass in return for planning permission for the industrial site.

Dignitaries, including Peter Hordern MP; David Keen chairman of the district council; Christopher Buckle, county council chairman; and Ivor Warren, who owned part of the land, arrived at the ribbon cutting ceremony in a cavalcade of vintage cars.