ANTI-ROADS campaigners are this week preparing to go head to head with East Sussex County Council over plans for an £89M road linking Bexhill and Hastings.
Detailed proposals for the scheme were set out last week in a planning application submitted to the council's planning service.
A six-week consultation period is now underway, during which the Hastings Alliance for Sustainable Transport Solutions is to lobby vigorously for the scheme to be scrapped.
The alliance is a coalition of local and national environmental groups including Transport 2000, Sustrans and the Council for the Protection of Rural England, The council believes that the 5.6km road will create 2,000 jobs valued at £44.8M and allow developers access to build 1,600 new homes in north Bexhill (NCE 11 December 2003).
But environmental groups object to the scheme on the grounds of the damage it will cause to the Combe Haven Valley, an area the county council describes as 'the nest medium- sized valley outside the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (NCE 9 December 2004).
A decision on planning will be made later in the year.