On the bus

Paul’s bus with some of the crowd

Last week in Lewes, saw the launch of a bus with a difference.  Named after Paul Millmore, long time South Downs campaigner and Network member, the gleaming hybrid bus, with fuel consumption 30-35% less than a standard bus, was launched by Norman Baker, MP for Lewes and Under-Secretary of State for Transport.

Helping with unveiling the bus name was Bridget Millmore, Paul’s widow, and Roger French, managing director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company.  Watching was the Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Michael Chartier, along with a crowd of over 70.

Roger French, Bridget Millmore and Norman buy cialis online Baker MP unveil Paul’s name

Brighton & Hove Buses has a popular tradition of naming its buses after someone (who has died) with a strong local connection and who has made a significant contribution to the area in some way or another.  After his death earlier this year, Paul’s name was put forward.  It was accepted in recognition of the huge role he played in the National Park campaign and conservation generally, his love of Lewes, and his active contribution to community life.

Appropriately, the bus is being brought into service on the 28 route from Brighton to Lewes, which passes through the National Park and Lewes.  It is a fitting tribute to a person who gave so much and with so much passion.

So don’t be shocked if you see Paul back on the streets of Lewes.  Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to take a trip with him through the National Park.

Tribute to Paul Millmore

Paul at the start of the South Downs Way

As many people know, Paul Millmore passed away peacefully on Sunday morning.  A tragic loss for his family, but also for the many people whose lives he touched throughout his career. For anyone who knew him, he was a veritable force of nature with his bushy beard, red braces and indefatigable Yorkshire spirit.  He was passionate, imaginative and determined in furthering conservation and didn’t suffer fools gladly.

He was one of the first people to reignite the calls for a South Downs National Park in the 1980s and was a stalwart member of the South Downs Campaign throughout its 20 year existence.  He lived to see the successful creation of the National Park and it was his drive and energy that was largely responsible for the inclusion of Lewes.  No one who was at the inquiry can forget the look on the inspector’s face as Paul thrust a large knife into a block of clay to demonstrate how well Lewes was embedded within the South Downs’ landscape.

His one regret was the failure to get the marine area included in the National Park, but even then he convinced the inspector of the value of doing so, but unfortunately not the Government.  Even so this setback was far outweighed by the success of the National Park and the many other areas he helped to change for the better.  From the tributes that have poured in to date, it is clear that his spirit will live on and his legacy will be felt for many generations to come.

In the meantime the South Downs Network has lost a valued member of its executive and a true friend and supporter.  Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.