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FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, August 20, 1971.

THE FUTURE of two of Horsham’s older buildings is being decided.

One, the former post office in the Carfax which has been empty since the move to Albion Road early this year, is now subject to several ‘irons in the fire’ according to one report.

The post office move to Albion Road was heralded as a ‘temporary’ move but the temporary nature of the measure is now expected to be for at least several years.

The prospect of the old post office building being renovated was said to be unrealistic by the Post Office a few weeks after the move. Hopes that there would be a completely new building erected were dashed on the grounds that such a project would be too expensive.

Now, however, the Post Office does have definite plans for the old building according to one report which quotes a Post Office spokesman as a saying. “We now have several irons in the fire regarding the future use of the Carfax building. We should have some definite news within about two or three weeks.”

No indication of what the alternatives are was given by the spokesman but news was promised ‘soon’.

Meanwhile, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has acquired the historic Manor House school building in the Causeway, has confirmed that it will be moving its London headquarters into the school ‘probably during next summer’.

Plans are under way to make alterations to the interior of the building but no changes will be made to the outside of the Manor House.

The building is to be used by administrative staff only, and an RSPCA official said that the society could not move any earlier owing to the great amount of work such a move would involve.

NOT ONLY are the Horsham urban and Horsham and Chanctonbury rural districts growing in population all the time – the rate of growth is actually increasing.

This surprising fact is revealed in the preliminary report published on the England and Wales census taken in April. Horsham urban area shows a present population of 26,378, an increase of 5,180 over the 1961 figure the urban population grew by 4,516.

The Horsham rural area shows a massive jump in the rate of increase between the two decades.

In 1951 the Horsham rural population was 20,989 and in 1961 it was 22,631, an increase of 1,642.

This year’s figure is 30,709, an increases of 8,078 over the 1961 figure. Chanctonbury rural area has doubled its rate of growth. The 1951 figure was 20,850, and the 1961 figure 23,202, an increase of 2,352.

But this year’s population is shown at 28,271, an increase of 5,069.

UPPER Beeding Parish Council chairman, Derek Emsley, has sent a telegram to the West Sussex county surveyor demanding immediate action by the county council to cut the accident rate at Beeding’s notorious High Trees Corner.

At Worthing an inquest jury called for sweeping road safety measures to be taken at the corner, where there have been five serious accidents in three months. Mr Emsley sent his telegram as soon as he read the jury’s suggestion.

It reads, ‘Have read recommendations made by jury High Trees Corner inquest. Upper Beeding expects immediate action to prevent further fatalities – Emsley.’

Returning a verdict of accidental death on a Bubble car driver killed at the spot, the eight man jury said that the county council should be asked to widen the bend, reduce the speed limit to 25mph and have the bend marked as an accident blackspot.