30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, October 16, 1981.

A GLASS recycling scheme is likely to be introduced by Horsham District Council, with the siting of ‘glass banks’ in 16 different locations.

To be run by a private contractor, the scheme would not cost the council anything to run but was expected to provide an income of £1,500 in the first year.

Four of the banks would be sited in Horsham town, one at Roffey, two each at Billingshurst, Pulborough, Storrington, Steyning and Henfield and one at Ashington.

Two years ago council officers looked into the viability of a scheme and it was then clear that the council could not break even financially if it decided to go ahead with one, reported director of technical services Brian Bilton.

“The reasons for this were the costs involved in providing storage for the glass, internal haulage from glass bank sites to the storage area, and from Horsham to the treatment works in Yorkshire.’’

Two major developments had altered the situation. It was proposed to open a glass treatment plant in Essex and private companies had become interested in glass recycling.

Mr Bilton pointed out that even with a works as close as Essex it was still doubtful whether the council could break even by running its own scheme.

So the most significant development, so far as the council was concerned, was the co-operation with a private contractor who was in a position to deal with a number of local authorities.

IT WAS sunshine all the way when the stars came out to play golf at Mannings Heath in aid of ‘Sunshine Coaches’ for Sussex children.

The biggest line-up of celebrities ever seen in Horsham at one time took part in the tournament arranged by the Variety Club of Great Britain and backed by British Caledonian Airways and the Gatwick Airport Managers’ Association.

Before the 31 teams, of one pro’, one star and two others, even set foot on the first tee, £38,000 had been raised in gifts and sponsorship.

John Hayward, of Horsham, the organising secretary, said he thought he was near his £60,000 target and was assured of providing four ‘Sunshine Coaches’, one of which was bound for Horsham.

Apart from star-gazing, spectators could try their luck winning golf balls at a game near the fifteenth, buy refreshments, watch the players sipping cocktails at the tenth, or simply stroll along the lush fairways in crisp sunshine.

Among the celebrities attending were Ed Stewart, Frank Carson, Alan Minter, Russ Abbot, Eric Sykes, Mike Reid, Jimmy Hill and Jimmy Tarbuck.

A SUPERMARKET for Pulborough has won the approval of Horsham District Council, but has also angered trustees responsible for the land on which it could be built.

The council’s area planning sub-committee gave outline planning permission, for a futuristic complex which would include shops, flats, over 100 car parking spaces, and village hall extensions.

Plans for the project on land to the rear of the village hall and car park, off Lower Street, were first revealed to the public at a special meeting in Pulborough during February.

Developers, Finchcrest Ltd, of Shoreham, said then they would put forward the plans to the council only if the village gave them whole-hearted support.

The meeting, attended by about 350 villagers, had been called to gauge what people wanted for Pulborough in the years ahead.

The secretary of the Pulborough Social Centre committee, Mrs Biddy Hutcheson, believed that the village hall field was one of the last places in Pulborough which could be developed.

“We are trustees for the village. That field is yours,” she told them. “We can do nothing behind your backs. It’s got to be an overwhelming decision to go ahead.”