Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Protestor action stops Bexhill to Hastings link

Anti-roads protestors last week halted work on the £94M Bexhill to Hastings link road in East Sussex.

They occupied woodland being cleared for initial construction work.

The action is the latest setback for the project, whose costs have increased by £4.5M as a result of efforts to tackle legal action and site occupations.

East Sussex County Council said it was determined that work on the 5.6km long road will go ahead at the start of the New Year.

It said that the protestors have exhausted the legal procedures open to them including an application for a judicial review in the summer that was turned down by the High Court.

Even so dozens of anti-road protestors from a group called the Combe Haven Defenders forced a halt to work last Friday, some by chaining themselves to trees.

Crews from joint venture contractor Hochtief-Vinci/Taylor Woodrow returned on Saturday and Sunday and felled trees in areas of woodland along the route.

Protestors argue that the scheme will destroy the picturesque Combe Haven valley and argue that the authorities have failed to consider alternatives.

The council said there was no basis for further objection adding that central government has also backed the scheme contributing £56M towards the overall cost in April this year.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said it was working with police and security firms to allow the work “to go ahead safely”.

Council leader Peter Jones told NCE that “the argument has already been exhaustively debated”.

He said the road was “absolutely crucial” for regenerating an economy which is “the most deprived in the South East”.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Is this going to be another case similar to the Swampy protest in 2000 at the Manchester Airport fiasco? The final cost of Environmental measure I believe ended at £10,000,000 and many of the trees which were to be relocated ended up being felled because of the damage Swampy and his cohorts caused to the trees. It is about time that the Government provided local authorities, etc the powers to remove immediately any such protester who do not agree with a democratically reached decision.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.