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Companies and residents in Fornham St Martin help to repair village’s badly damaged road




Left to right local builder Paul Mullen, Parish Councillor Paul Butler, Chair of the Village Hall Committee Maureen Hockett and Village Hall Finance Officer Phil Hockett
Left to right local builder Paul Mullen, Parish Councillor Paul Butler, Chair of the Village Hall Committee Maureen Hockett and Village Hall Finance Officer Phil Hockett

Businesses and community leaders joined forces to repair a damaged village road, which was in such a bad condition it was compared to a ‘4x4 test track’.

For more than 30 years, School Lane, at the side of the village hall in Fornham St Martin, has been blighted by potholes - with efforts to fill them in only providing a temporary solution.

On Saturday though, Fornham St Martin company Steve Lumley Planings delivered about 50 tons of road planings to resurface the lane.

Meanwhile, another local company Welhams Surfacing, which already resurfaced the church paths in the village, supplied a road-roller and driver. Local builder and master carpenter Paul Mullen, who refitted the village hall kitchen and repaired the roof, co-ordinated the road works with members of the village hall committee and residents providing the ‘muscle’.

Paul Butler, a representative of the parish council on the village hall committee, helped with Maureen Hockett, chairman of the village hall committee, and her husband Phil, hall finance officer.

Mr Butler said: “It’s village life at its best where local companies see a need and generously give their time and materials. For many years now that road has been like a 4x4 test track - it’s had lots of holes.”



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