40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, August 27, 1971.

LAND prices in Horsham reached a new level of fantasy when keen bidding forced up the price of a small site on the edge of the town to an astounding £8,250 a plot.

The site of one and three quarter acres at Kentwyns Drive, Horsham, with outline planning consent for only four dwellings, went for £33,000.

There was a ‘full house’ for the auction conducted by Churchman, Burt and Son. The price went up fairly quickly to £28,000, ‘stuck’ for a moment and then went up in £500 jumps to the final bid.

The purchaser is understood to be an individual bidder who does not live locally.

The land concerned lies to the south-east of Horsham in an unspoilt rural setting overlooking Denne Hill and the countryside.

The land is sold freehold with vacant possession. Planning permission for the four houses was given in May, after the Secretary of State for the Environment had rejected the suggestion that no more land in the area should be released for housing.

A LARGE increase in the number of woundings in Sussex is reported by the Chief Constable, T.C. Williams, in his annual report.

And although he reports an increase in detection rate he adds that ‘the problem of crime continues to be intractable’.

On the one hand it seemed impossible to bring home to the public the part they could play in making life harder for the petty criminal by taking reasonable precautions.

Yet more people were reporting suspicious circumstances or giving police early information about crimes committed.

Because the first few minutes after a crime were vital this was leading to more arrests ‘and there is no doubt that the best form of crime prevention is the imprisonment of the criminal’.

The increase in crime detection had been brought about despite a considerable shortage of manpower.

Mr Williams makes the point that the high standard of equipment helped with this ‘but the main determining factor has been the determined effort of all concerned in the CID or their uniformed colleagues’.

WEST Sussex County Council’s road and bridges committee will be asked to consider an improvement scheme for the High Trees accident blackspot corner in Upper Beeding.

This information has been sent to Derek Emsley, chairman, Upper Beeding Parish Council, and Gerald Archer, chairman of the local residents’ and ratepayers’ association.

It was delivered in a letter from W.C.S. Harrison, county surveyor.

Both Mr Emsley and Mr Archer had sent telegrams to Mr Harrison ten days ago demanding action following the outcome of an inquest into a recent death at the danger corner on the Shoreham Road south of the village.

“Mr Harrison’s letter,” said Mr Archer, “said that appropriate investigations had been carried out and an improvement scheme had been prepared.

“But it doesn’t seem to get us anywhere for he also points out that the scheme would have to qualify for a Department of the Environment grant of 75 per cent before the work could be put in hand.”

Prior to the inquest the highways department had already made minor changes on the bend, including cutting down part of the hedge, resurfacing the road, and introducing signs on the road surface at the southern approach to the bend.