40 Years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 9, 1971.

BY OCTOBER many West Sussex villages may be almost without bus services.

Although West Sussex County Council is subsidising unprofitable services through to March next year, Southdown Motors plans to cut the services still further not later than October.

Horsham and Chanctonbury rural councils are now consulting parish councils. These have been asked to lodge their comments on the proposed cuts by the end of July.

Both rural councils have representatives on a working party covering the whole county.

“Bus users may consider the proposals to be drastic and sudden,” commented Peter Soothill, clerk to Horsham Rural Council, “but the fact must be faced that for ten years it has been evident that these must come.”

He said that no comment would be possible on parish council’s reactions until all had been submitted and analysed. They will be submitted to the council working party.

The district councils have been asked by the county council to consider the possibility of their contributing toward subsidising of unprofitable services. Without waiting for a reply Southdown has made it clear that the cuts must still come.

Examples of what may be expected have been given by Chanctonbury Rural Council in a list which reveals the drastic nature of the changes.

Harold Rogers, who is chairman of a Chanctonbury Rural Council sub-committee on bus services and of the county working party, said at his council meeting that there was one possibly encouraging development.

Southdown had stated that the company would not oppose the granting of licences to others should the company decide to withdraw services.

But he was pessimistic about the future of the services in general. He could hold out no hope that, even with the continuing of subsidies with district councils possibly joining the county council in making grants to the operators, the slashed bus services of the near future would not be further cut.

AT 6PM a week tomorrow the Black Horse Way car park, Horsham, will close.

On the following Monday work will begin on the town’s first multi-storey car park.

The four-storey, £200,000 car park to take 477 cars will be Horsham Urban Council’s first construction within the town’s central area redevelopment scheme, and will give an indication of the design of things to come.

The structure will take a year to complete, and will obviously be watched with great interest by local people who feel that this first redevelopment building will set the pattern of the Horsham’s new look.

FIRE severely damaged the thatching of the landmark Golding Barn Restaurant, Upper Beeding, on Saturday.

Appliances from four fire stations fought the blaze, and prevented the flames from spreading through the rest of the building.

The proprietors, who live in an apartment above the ground floor restaurant, sounded the alarm when they spotted the fire in the roof above their lounge.

Major appliances from Henfield and Steyning answered the fire call, and were later joined by fire engines from Partridge Green and Hurstpierpoint.

About 25 firemen brought the fire under control in just over an hour. Breathing apparatus was used for a short time. For the rest of the afternoon the fireman worked to remove the thatch from the roof and salvage some property.