Campaign Group Hastings Alliance has submitted a formal application for a judicial review of the government’s plan to build a new £92M link road between Bexhill and Hastings.
East Sussex County Council in April gave the green light for early start to work on the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road this summer following the government’s pledge to provide £56M towards the cost of the road in March.
The legal action was severely criticised by East Sussex councillor Peter Jones. “I am extremely disappointed at this challenge so late in the day,” he said. “The funding decision was made back in March after an extra three months of consideration by DfT ministers and as I’ve said before, the Hastings Alliance was fully engaged in that process.”
The campaign group claims that the new link road is diverting cash from other transport investments in the area such as bus real time information displays andpedestrian and cycle routes.
“We believe the argument on which it’s based has already been exhaustively debated,” said Jones. “We are confident the judicial review will not change anything but it could still cause delays, increasing the risk of an increase in costs.”