40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 30, 1971.

INCREASED grants to students which become effective at the start of the new academic year will cost West Sussex County Council £140,000 more in the current financial year – and even more in a full year.

These facts were given by the education committee in a report placed before the county council at its meeting.

From October ordinary maintenance grants for university and other designated courses will rise from £420 a year at present to £465 a year for London University and other establishments of higher and further education in the London area, and for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

For other universities the grant rises from £380 to £430, while students living at home will have grants of £345 instead of £305. College of education students in residence in England and Wales will have increases from £170 to £190, with maintenance for study abroad rising from £420 to £435.

Married women students living in their husband’s home will still receive £275, but supplementary grants for spouse and first, second and third child will rise from £210, £90, £50 and £45 respectively to £250, £105, £60 and £55.

The effect of these and other increases in dependants’ and mature students’ grants allowance is to increase the total grant to an independent student by an average of £100.

As far as the parental contribution is concerned, the starting point has been raised from £900 to £1,100.

STORRINGTON’S extensive new shopping precinct, on the site of the former central public car park, is nearing completion. First part of it, the new Key Markets store, was officially opened on Friday.

It was visited then by Benson Coleman, chairman of Chanctonbury Rural Council, the local planning authority which approved the development.

Ernest Clarke, the store manager, presented £25 worth of Key Markets shopping vouchers to Mr Coleman. These will be given to old people in the district by Chanctonbury Lions and Storrington Round Table.

Continuous research is now being carried out by Key Markets into what the housewife is seeking when she goes shopping. It has been found that many are becoming increasingly adventurous in their cooking and eating habits.

It has been seen that there is an increasing demand for delicatessen foodstuffs, continental meats, cheese and prepared salad stuffs. Key Markets decided that this demand, which is marked in the area, should be met by having a delicatessen department in the Storrington store. A self-service wine and spirits department is a feature of the new service being offered.

A HINT that West Sussex County Council is ready to face a possible major change in rural bus services, with the Southdown monopoly giving way to private operators, was given by Steyning county councillor Alexander Howard at Upper Beeding on July 22.

Mr Howard, a new county councillor, attended a special parish meeting along with 140 members of the Beeding and Bramber public, said that the answer to the Southdown threat to cut services drastically in October was the provision of minibus services by small operators.

“But a series of small operators working independently,” he said, “would mean that there would be a need for the services of a co-ordinating manager to be provided.” He added that this was already being considered.