Hastings to Bexhill link road fighters pledge action plan

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Protesters have warned of a “return to the 1990s” of tree-living and tunnel-burrowing as they look to halt the construction of a £94 million link road.

Work to clear part of the route for the new Bexhill to Hastings highway, which could be used by up to 30,000 vehicles a day, began on Friday, December 14.

Advocates claim the scheme will create jobs and business space, while creating room for new homes.

But campaigners have pledged to continue opposing the scheme, even if it involves non-violent protest.

It comes as two people were arrested over the weekend following clashes between groups over the chopping down of trees.

A further protestor chained himself to a 4x4 belonging to the contractors at about 12.30pm yesterday (December 16) but was released at about 2pm and not arrested.

Gabriel Carlyle, spokesman for the Combe Haven Defenders group, claimed about 50 people, mainly locals, had been involved in protests.

'Doesn't make sense'

He added: “Whichever way you look at the project, whether it’s from an environmental or economic sense, it doesn’t make any sense.

“We will continue non-violent resistance. If it carries on I can see no reason why we will not return to the 1990s of people living in trees, going down tunnels and locking themselves to moving vehicles.

“If you look back to then, some of the battles were lost but the ultimate war was won as 300 of the schemes were dropped.”

The link road, which has been under discussion for 20 years, received the go-ahead in March.

It will join the A259 and B2092 by crossing a section of countryside known as Combe Haven Valley.

Main construction work will begin early in the new year but clearing work has already started in Adam’s Farm in Crowhurst, near Hastings, and London Road, Bexhill.

Mr Carlyle, who lives in St Leonards, said: “It’s a national issue as it’s the first of over 190 road projects the Government want to create.

Combe Haven

“It's not just about the future of Combe Haven; it’s about the future of the transportation system of Britain.”

East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones said in a statement: “This road will bring real benefits to Hastings and Bexhill, including better access to jobs; fewer cars using roads that aren’t suitable for them; opportunities for housing and business development; and a reduction in the number of accidents on local roads.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed a woman was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and obstructing a court official in Adam’s Farm at about 12.30pm on Saturday (December 15).

He added another woman was arrested for failing to give her name and address after committing antisocial behaviour in the Bexhill site.

The spokesman said there are no reports of any damage or injury.

 

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12:29pm Mon 17 Dec 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

It seems to me these tree hugging people don't care about local jobs, housing,the economy or pollution, they just want to keep everything the same for ever.

Perhaps when your child has asthma due to slow moving traffic through town centres, or your kids can't get jobs because companies don't want to move there due to access problems, then maybe you will think again of how selfish you are?

But I doubt it., as no doubt the world revolves around YOU.

cue angry response denying all this... lol
It seems to me these tree hugging people don't care about local jobs, housing,the economy or pollution, they just want to keep everything the same for ever. Perhaps when your child has asthma due to slow moving traffic through town centres, or your kids can't get jobs because companies don't want to move there due to access problems, then maybe you will think again of how selfish you are? But I doubt it., as no doubt the world revolves around YOU. cue angry response denying all this... lol mustaphaLeeko
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12:53pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Before we know it we will be up to our armpits in crusty jugglers! Bet Caroline Lucas bobs her nose in to see some of her mates.
Before we know it we will be up to our armpits in crusty jugglers! Bet Caroline Lucas bobs her nose in to see some of her mates. Dealing with idiots
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12:59pm Mon 17 Dec 12

sbiscorrupt says...

mustaphaLeeko wrote:
It seems to me these tree hugging people don't care about local jobs, housing,the economy or pollution, they just want to keep everything the same for ever.

Perhaps when your child has asthma due to slow moving traffic through town centres, or your kids can't get jobs because companies don't want to move there due to access problems, then maybe you will think again of how selfish you are?

But I doubt it., as no doubt the world revolves around YOU.

cue angry response denying all this... lol
What an ignorant post...

It seems to me that these people understand something that the 'petrol heads' and slaves to capitalism don't...

In that there are finite natural resources and not an unlimited supply of countryside!

What happens when 'growth' is no longer possible because everything has been concreted/tarmaced over?

Oh that's right - it's the future generations who'll have to deal with it!
[quote][p][bold]mustaphaLeeko[/bold] wrote: It seems to me these tree hugging people don't care about local jobs, housing,the economy or pollution, they just want to keep everything the same for ever. Perhaps when your child has asthma due to slow moving traffic through town centres, or your kids can't get jobs because companies don't want to move there due to access problems, then maybe you will think again of how selfish you are? But I doubt it., as no doubt the world revolves around YOU. cue angry response denying all this... lol[/p][/quote]What an ignorant post... It seems to me that these people understand something that the 'petrol heads' and slaves to capitalism don't... In that there are finite natural resources and not an unlimited supply of countryside! What happens when 'growth' is no longer possible because everything has been concreted/tarmaced over? Oh that's right - it's the future generations who'll have to deal with it! sbiscorrupt
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1:21pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Why would you want to go back to the antics of the 1990s when they were a failure? Wouldn't it be better to think of something that might work?
Why would you want to go back to the antics of the 1990s when they were a failure? Wouldn't it be better to think of something that might work? Number Six
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1:44pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Poccypoc says...

Some of these tree-huggers wouldn't allow us to have cars if they had their way.
Some of these tree-huggers wouldn't allow us to have cars if they had their way. Poccypoc
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2:29pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

Ahh the 90s...
Ahh the 90s... Crystal Ball
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4:37pm Mon 17 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them.

These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want.
I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them. These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want. AmboGuy
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6:17pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Dingusdongus says...

I live locally. This has nothing to do with the interests of people in Bexhill or Hastings. The initial £100m will be going to a German/French partnership. The workforce will largely be foreign.

There is no investment for commercial development which us not surprising as there already an oversupply of property in the area.

If the economics were not stupid enough the end result will be the destruction of a sublime piece of Sussex, a rather pointless road.
I live locally. This has nothing to do with the interests of people in Bexhill or Hastings. The initial £100m will be going to a German/French partnership. The workforce will largely be foreign. There is no investment for commercial development which us not surprising as there already an oversupply of property in the area. If the economics were not stupid enough the end result will be the destruction of a sublime piece of Sussex, a rather pointless road. Dingusdongus
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10:56pm Mon 17 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

oh dear i feel another 'twyford downs' coming on,the infamous m27 roadworks in the 90's, affected me getting my speedboat to weymouth for a jolly up many times!!!
oh dear i feel another 'twyford downs' coming on,the infamous m27 roadworks in the 90's, affected me getting my speedboat to weymouth for a jolly up many times!!! funkyyoyo
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11:07am Tue 18 Dec 12

sbiscorrupt says...

AmboGuy wrote:
I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them.

These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want.
Sadly it is you who has proved yourself to be the 'ignorant misguided fool' yet again...
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them. These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want.[/p][/quote]Sadly it is you who has proved yourself to be the 'ignorant misguided fool' yet again... sbiscorrupt
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2:59pm Tue 18 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

sbiscorrupt wrote:
AmboGuy wrote:
I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them.

These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want.
Sadly it is you who has proved yourself to be the 'ignorant misguided fool' yet again...
Yes great retort sbiscorrupt. If you're not making a fool of yourself with the site moderators on other threads you're coming out with gems like this.

Please keep the laughs coming.
[quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these wasters actually live in that area, I'm guessing not many of them. These are ignorant misguided fools who couldn't care less about what the locals actually want.[/p][/quote]Sadly it is you who has proved yourself to be the 'ignorant misguided fool' yet again...[/p][/quote]Yes great retort sbiscorrupt. If you're not making a fool of yourself with the site moderators on other threads you're coming out with gems like this. Please keep the laughs coming. AmboGuy
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