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Common touch

Sandberg's relationship with the Freeman family covers three generations. It may surprise some to know that I was known as 'little Alec' to distinguish me from my father.

One pleasant reminiscence I recall was when Ralph was president of the Civils. He rang me and said, 'You know how important I am?'

'Yes sir.' I replied.

'Well', he said 'My most important appointment is that I am the chairman of the Limpsfield Common Committee', and he continued: 'Someone is coming with lorries containing black material which they dump on my common overnight. I have brought some to the office and you will tell me what it is.'

'Yes sir.' We duly analysed it and I told him that he was being given loads of flyash. To this replied: 'Why am I being given loads of flyash, and where does it come from?' After comparison of our analysis with all the other CEGB flyash samples, CEGB said it must be 'Brighton Old'. 'Why are Brighton Old dumping flyash on my common?'

'There was a contract to provide fill for the Dartford Tunnel project and the drivers found their working day could be foreshortened if they dumped it on Limpsfield Common.'

The drivers were requested to remove some and make the necessary environmental repairs.

ACE Sandberg (F), Sandberg Consulting Engineers, 40 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0LB.

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