There looks to be a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the Ballysillan area. The old Lidl building has finally been let after years of lying empty. I can only hope that the void left by the recent fire that destroyed the Spar on the Crumlin Road is about to be filled. Sure, it wasn't the best stocked Spar in the world, but was a lifeline for older people in the area and was the only place within walking distance you could get a tin of kidney beans at 7 o'clock in the evening. It's not it's gone that you appreciate what you had.