Plastic bags are helping create nicer village

ONGOING improvements to the village at Northiam are being part funded from the sale of plastic carrier bags.

Nigel Fothergill, who runs the local Spar shop in the village, decided to charge a token fee for bags and give the proceeds to Northiam Conservation Society to help pay for improvements.

As a result a new fingerpost sign for Beales Lane is due to go up at a cost of £752.

More than £900 was raised from the sale of bags over the space of a year.

It has also helped to pay for the repair and renovation of benches in the village.

Conservation Society chairman Mervyn Hayes said: “Our sincere thanks go to Mr Fothergill for his generosity, which has enabled us to make necessary improvements in the village.”

He added: “We are having to use our funds to refurbish items as Rother Council and the Parish Council have no spare money due to the cuts that began in 2008/9.

“If we let the infrastructure fall apart the village will start to look tatty and poor.

“Last year was a busy year for us.

“The Conservation Society only charges £2 to be a member and if you join as a member you can take pride in what we are trying to achieve.”