Bus named in honour of inspirational Paul

Bus named after Paul Millmore launched by Norman Baker, Lewes Bus Station. With Roger French (Brighton and Hove busses) and Bridget Millmore
Bus named after Paul Millmore launched by Norman Baker, Lewes Bus Station. With Roger French (Brighton and Hove busses) and Bridget Millmore

Nobody doubts that the name of a great Lewes environmental campaigner will live forever.

But now it will become more widely recognised and appreciated on the highways and byways of East Sussex.

Because the late Paul Millmore’s memory has been commemorated by having a bus named after him.

Watch out for any of the Brighton and Hove Bus Company’s vehicles and you will find the name of one of the great and the good of the county emblazoned on its front.

Now the inspirational Mr Millmore has taken his place among them after a ceremony at Lewes Bus Station.

He is the man who played an instrumental part in the creation of the South Downs National Park and the naming ceremony was in recognition of his tireless work.

More than 50 family and friends attended the event, including his widow Bridget, Lewes MP Norman Baker, the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Michael Chartier, and Roger French, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Buses.

Transport Minister Mr Baker launched the bus, which will run on Route 28 and include stops at the edge of Stanmer Park and the iconic South Downs National Trail, for which Mr Millmore wrote the guide.

Mr Baker said: “Paul loved Lewes and the landscape surrounding the town – he was passionate about our very special area. With his keen interest in the environment and his love of the South Downs, it is fitting that he will be commemorated by a bus that will drive down emissions while roving the highways and byways of Sussex.”

Phil Belden, Director of Operations for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “Paul loved the South Downs, fighting tirelessly for it to become a National Park and for the town of Lewes to be included within it. This is a most fitting tribute to his life’s work. This bus will help both locals and visitors enjoy the South Downs National Park more sustainably, as he would have wished.”

Roger French said: “The Paul Millmore bus is one of 11 new hybrid buses being added to our fleet, with support from the Government’s Green Bus Fund. These will dramatically reduce fuel consumption and help to reduce emission of greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide.”

Mr Millmore, who died in March this year, had lived in Lewes since 1973. As well as campaigning for the National Park he also set up the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service and wrote the National Trail Guide to the South Downs Way.

In paying tribute to Mr Millmore, Brenda Pollack – regional campaigner for Friends of the Earth – blogged: “We need more people like Paul.

“Friends of the Earth has ambitious plans for a sustainable future in the UK. But we can’t do this alone. We rely on people l to help us, either by giving money or by voicing support for our campaigns.”