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Protestors attempt to block Bexhill Hasting link road

Environmental activists have restarted their protests this week in an attempt to stop East Sussex County Council constructing the £92M Bexhill to Hasting link road.

Preparatory works were due to get underway on Monday following the Christmas break but protestors from the Combe Haven Defenders have delayed works through occupying trees and sitting in front of diggers.

Three arrests were made yesterday, according to the protestors’ website, as police and security staff tried to clear the area to allow main contractors Hochtief /Vinci to restart preparatory works.

A spokesman from East Sussex County Council said the preparatory works programme has not been disrupted as result of the latest protests.

Construction of the road has undergone a long legal battle with the High Court giving final approval to the scheme last October.

But protestors already halted construction last month, and its website is calling for more volunteers to block the scheme saying it will destroy the Combe Haven valley.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Hastings and Bexhill need this road. East Sussex CC have been working on the scheme for years. The High Court has approved it. Why further delay?

    Brian Corbett

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  • This road is all about freeing up farmland for residential use and nothing more.

    Bringing a thousand more houses to an area with one of the highest rates of unemployment in the South East will only serve to add to the existing welfare burden of the area.

    This is a road to nowhere and does little to benefit the area.

    ESCC seem hellbent on spending money when it could be better spent elsewhere on more valid projects.

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