Good news in South Downs

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IF YOU are anything like me, you are becoming weary with all the depressing news about cutbacks and pay freezes.

Well, I have good news for us all. Just recently in the Steyning area I have witnessed two great examples of confidence and regeneration.

First in nearby Upper Beeding we have the opening of a new local supermarket in Hyde Square.

My testimonial is entirely unsolicited but I do believe in credit where it is due - and nobody deserves more credit for their hard work and cheerful enthusiasm than Jay, his wife Nisha and every one of their staff as they turned a thriving but very cramped ‘corner shop’ into a really valuable community store four times the size of the old one.

Now at last the village has a ‘heart’ and residents have a genuine competitor to the Co-operative and Tesco, particularly relevant with fuel costs so high.

Second, drivers will know just how tricky it is to avoid the many potholes which pepper our Sussex roads. My small Steyning lane has just been ‘invaded’ by a team of men clad in yellow high-visibility jackets who attacked the road surface with fantastic machines.

First they ‘shaved’ the old and crumbling road surface and transferred it into the back of an eight-wheeled truck using a mechanical conveyor.

Then a road-sweeping truck cleaned everything thoroughly so that a second team of operatives (we have to call them that these day I think) were able to spread new tarmacadam to level the road before, finally, a road-roller compressed the surfaces in readiness for the new yellow lines to be painted.

The co-ordination was brilliant, almost balletic! And it is a long time since I saw any group work so hard and with such pride. So well done, you guys and thanks!

MICHAEL BISSETT-POWELL

Jarvis Lane, Steyning