40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, May 7, 1971.

NEVER in the 1,000 years of Horsham’s existence has so much been taking place in the town.

This was said by Stan Parsons, chairman of the highways and works committee, at the monthly meeting of Horsham Urban Council in the Town Hall.

The meeting ended the council’s working year. Mr Parsons made it clear that what he had to say was based mainly on impulse.

“All of us,” he said, “and I am now speaking of the people of Horsham, not just members of this council, must at some time or other take stock, in varying degrees, of what is going on around us.

“Prominent in the minds of all,” he said, “must be the redevelopment scheme. Familiar buildings, familiar streets are fast disappearing, with temporary car parks in many cases taking their place.

“I don’t intend to labour this point, but I mention it first of all because, perhaps, we tend to forget what a tremendous undertaking this is for a small urban council to take on its shoulders.”

His next reference was to the provision of a new and larger sewage works, situated farther out of town, which he described as ‘not only a big project but one which is essential to the well-being of the town’.

At the same time work was going on providing the much needed Roffey relief road. There was, he said, considerable redevelopment taking place in lower New Street, Victoria Street and Stanley Street.

He gave the council members a reminder that the relatively new Black Horse Way car park was about to be closed temporarily to enable work to start there on the building of what will be Horsham’s first – but not last – multi-storey car park. When finished it will occupy about half the present car park area and, with surface parking as well, will provide for the parking of 477 cars.

The Capitol Theatre was about to be modernised and refurbished. The old fire station had been taken over, and brought into use, as modern offices of the urban council.

FEW HORSHAM children seem to have been affected by the increase in the price of school meals, and it is believed parents have decided to pay the increase and go without something else.

But some children have not been so fortunate, and a number of schools have been affected.

Mr K.W. Thyer, the headmaster of Billingshurst Junior School, told the West Sussex County Times: “There has been a slight drop, but nothing drastic.

“Those who are not taking meals are bringing sandwiches.

“There always has been a certain proportion of children who brought sandwiches, but the number has definitely increased and provision has been made to handle them. It is an unsatisfactory state of affairs but what else can be done,” he added.

Although few Horsham children have been affected, there is still a very serious problem which the Government must tackle. Apart from the health argument about children needing proper and regular meals, what is the psychological effect on these children?

Many teachers report that children eat sandwiches while everyone else around them is eating a three-course meal.

They feel that they should have a room of their own and not be held up to the ridicule of their classmates.

GEORGE Pinion, president of Horsham and District Chamber of Trade, said the National Chamber of Trade’s representations to the Government were reflected in the Budget, an encouraging step forward in Government-trader relations, after a year ‘which has been hard for Horsham traders’.

He told the annual meeting that he felt sure the chamber should feel confident and possibly increase its support to the national organisation.

‘Guidance that gave us a good start’ in the decimal currency change-over, he said, was due greatly to the chamber’s decimal training sub-committee, training staff and employers to effect a smooth operation.

The other sub-committee he singled out for recognition was the carnival committee. “I think it’s taken for granted we’re going to run the carnival again this year,” he said.