40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 16, 1971.

WORK has started on the building of the new Horsham sub-divisional police headquarters in Hurst Road which are expected to be completed early in 1973.

At the end of the year work is planned to start on the building of a new courthouse which will be in front of the new police station with a tunnel link between the two buildings.

The cost of the new police headquarters, being built by the Sussex Police Authority, will be £345,000, and the cost of the new courthouse, to be built by West Sussex County Council, will be £210,000.

The new police headquarters, to replace the old station, and former West Sussex police headquarters in Barttelot Road, will include six cells, a detention room and an exercise yard, together with a section house for 12 male officers, a hostel for six policewomen, a social club, an area vehicle workshop and a Home Office radio maintenance workshop.

The old police building in Barttelot Road will probably be offered for sale. From 1897 to 1922 it was the headquarters of the West Sussex force and had a red lamp – instead of the usual blue one – outside to indicate its importance.

VILLAGES as far apart as Upper Beeding and Thakeham are to have special parish meetings to discuss the bus services’ crisis created by the Southdown Motors proposals to impose further cuts in October.

“We in Upper Beeding consider the rural bus cuts to be of such proportion,” Derek Emsley told Chanctonbury Association of Parish Councils in West Chiltington, “that we feel the matter must be discussed with the residents.

“This is probably the last chance that the public will have to speak their minds on the Southdown proposals,” Mr Emsley added.

“We have had a raw deal over the buses. To my mind it is a great pity that the parish councils are not represented on the buses working party set up by the county council.

“It is the parish council which best of all is capable of expressing opinions on local conditions.”

Marian Skinner, clerk to Thakeham council, said that a meeting had been called to consider the proposal to reduce the number of buses operating on the Horsham – Coolham – Thakeham – Storrington No 71 service and, in addition, the threat to close down the service completely.

THE DAY after the Government’s White Paper on Britain’s entry into the Common Market was published Horsham people had their first opportunity of making their views known at a public meeting.

Although it was not planned to have a vote at the end of the meeting organised by Horsham Labour Party in the town hall, a vote was called for and, out of about 50 people present, 12 voted in favour of Britain entering the Common Market and 23 voted against.

And it was obvious that most of those present wanted to see a referendum.

When one of the speakers, Willie Howie, former Labour MP for Luton and anti-Common Market, said that it was not party politicians who should decide the issue but the voters, there were shouts of ‘Hear-hear’ and loud applause.

The division of views even in the political parties was emphasised by the fact that one Labour speaker, Mr Howie, was against entering the Common Market and the other, Tony Mountford, chairman of the Hurstpierpoint Labour Party, was strongly in favour.

Mr Mountford said he wanted the people of this country to enjoy the benefits of joining a community of 250 million people and become part of the second largest community in the world.