28 AUGUST 1926, Page 11

The Southdowns have stirred to life the Society of Sussex

Downsmen who intend to guard their inheritance and to enlarge the knowledge of it. To preserve the rights of way on the surface, to extract from below tin evidence of past history arc tasks at which they work with the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society, and, presumably, the Sussex Archaeological Society. The Downsmen are also tackling a big subject of immediate importance to the Downs from Hampshire to Beachy Head. This is the future development of building. They have made representations to the Brighton and District Town Planning Committee which deals with the Downs from the Adur to the Ouse. These deserve to have good effect, for the haphazard " development " that is going on does not let new residents get the best they might and takes joy from the old inhabitants and beauty from many