East Sussex County Council yeseterday approved a plan to allow an early start to work on the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road following the government’s pledge to provide £56M towards the cost of the road last month.
Yesterday’s decision gives the green light to environmental work starting on site this summer ahead of final approvals. The council said that while this was “a risk” it was one it felt it needed to take to enable it to “take advantage of the best weather and environmental conditions” and “help us avoid long delays and increased costs in future”.
Council leader Peter Jones said: ““The road will make it possible to build 1,200 to 2,000 new homes and business park space of 50,000m2… and bring economic benefits valued at £1bn. It is for these reasons we believe the road is so important to the area, and that’s why, despite the fact we’re still waiting to receive final funding approval from the Department for Transport, we want to start work as soon as possible.
“Add this to the £500M capital programme the County Council will be investing to support the economy over the next four years – it means more business investment, more company expansion room, more local jobs and a stronger economy for the benefit of the whole community.”