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Thanks A Lot Mr Kib­ble­white: My Story

Sussex Life - - Front Page - By Roger Dal­trey (£20, Blink Pub­lish­ing) is out now, also as ebook and au­dio­book

pro­tected I don’t know.”

He’s keen to talk about the ru­ral prob­lems he sees around him. “It’s tough land to farm and the coun­cil frus­trates the hell out of me be­cause it’s an AONB (Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty). Peo­ple need to re­mem­ber that the patch­work quilt of the Weald only ex­ists be­cause of farm­ing and farm an­i­mals.

“My pocket of the High Weald – from Bur­wash to Wad­hurst and May­field – has many is­sues the coun­cil se­ri­ously needs to ad­dress. “To their credit we had a newly [as­phalted] lane that was won­der­ful for about three years. But then they de­cided to give it a coat­ing of tar and chips. Be­cause they hadn’t swept the road of mud from trac­tor tires prop­erly they tarred and chipped over the mud. Come win­ter, those mud pieces freeze and blow off the top tar and chip. So they have, in ef­fect, seeded the whole road with pot­holes. I watched them do it and thought ‘this is in­san­ity’.”

He’s writ­ten to the coun­cil and even had them out to see un­cut hedges grow­ing dan­ger­ously far into the road. “But it gets for­got­ten

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