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Little Common is a wonderful village’

Alan Bibley owner of Bexhill Steel works and member of Little Common/Cooden Business Association SUS-140417-155031001

Alan Bibley owner of Bexhill Steel works and member of Little Common/Cooden Business Association SUS-140417-155031001

The chair of the Little Common Business Association has praised the work of local residents in reviving the village into a hive of activity with all previously empty shops now back in business.

Kathy Harmer, chair of the Little Common Business Association (LCBA) emphasised that the good improvements made to Little Common roundabout recently featured in the Observer could not have been achieved without the hard work of many people. Kathy said: “It’s a lovely article but I feel we at the business association have been overlooked yet again!

“Last summer we had a long wait for the council to agree terms with James Kimber at the Cooden Beach hotel to grant him sponsorship, meantime the roundabout got into a terrible mess and was an embarrassment to all who live and trade here! It is really important to give extra credit where it is due. We are very grateful to Mr Kimber, and The Little Common Royal British legion did an amazing job with the maintenance on the war memorial but it seems to have gone unmentioned that the LBCA also rallied round and several members gave up their time and resources to do their bit.”

Those helping with the renovations include Helen and Andy franks at the Wheatsheaf Inn who cut the grass, maintenance from Neil Hoggins of All Seasons tree surgery and Alan Dibley from Bexhill steel works completely renovated the signs on the roundabout free of charge which Kathy said “now look amazing!” Adding: “We also fund the marvellous village floral displays - maintained and watered every week last summer by Keith Walters. Many folk think the council provide the floral displays but we actually raise funds ourselves with proceeds from our summer fayre, which is on July 12 this year at the Wheatsheaf.

“We at the business association continually strive to encourage local people to shop locally and we really do appreciate their custom, in turn we do our very best to give something back.

“Little Common is a wonderful little village with a real sense of community, with no empty shops now. And our business association has almost tripled its membership in recent times.

“It just goes to show what a bunch of good people can achieve.”

 

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