Security teams move in to evict protesters against £94 million Hastings to Bexhill link road

The Argus: Security teams move in to evict protesters against £94 million road Security teams move in to evict protesters against £94 million road

Security teams have moved in to evict protesters against a controversial £94 million link road.

Up to 30 activists are defending trees and occupying tunnels in Crowhurst, near Hastings, as they try to disrupt the construction of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

Protesters are reporting security guards and bailiffs, supported by Sussex Police, began attempts to evict the camp at 8am today.

The main camp, which has been in place since December 21, is located close to Adam’s Farm, Crowhurst.

Sussex Police have confirmed 12 people have been arrested in incidents relating to the protest since it began a month ago.

East Sussex County Council, which is funding the majority of the road, claimed it is needed to create space for jobs, homes and offices.

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9:23am Wed 16 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Oh yeah, lets stay in a ten in January when it's -4 degrees!!
Oh yeah, lets stay in a ten in January when it's -4 degrees!! Hoarder12345444

9:33am Wed 16 Jan 13

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Take there social security payments away from them the lazy scruffy gits then they might decide to find a job and give something back to the community but I would noot bank on it
Take there social security payments away from them the lazy scruffy gits then they might decide to find a job and give something back to the community but I would noot bank on it PETE OF QUEENS PARK

10:01am Wed 16 Jan 13

hurdygurdy says...

What they are doing is utterly commendable, namely trying to protect the countryside from being decimated in the name of “progress”. This will soon no longer exist as a quiet and tranquil area for all to enjoy, and shall be transformed into a no-go area just so people can travel between Bexhill to Hastings in their privately owned cars, great. What’s needed is more investment in the trains and buses.
Also, whether these people are “scruffy” or not, really adds nothing, and in fact just detracts from the point.
What they are doing is utterly commendable, namely trying to protect the countryside from being decimated in the name of “progress”. This will soon no longer exist as a quiet and tranquil area for all to enjoy, and shall be transformed into a no-go area just so people can travel between Bexhill to Hastings in their privately owned cars, great. What’s needed is more investment in the trains and buses. Also, whether these people are “scruffy” or not, really adds nothing, and in fact just detracts from the point. hurdygurdy

10:09am Wed 16 Jan 13

nocando says...

long overdue. That coast road's been strangling hastings for too long.
long overdue. That coast road's been strangling hastings for too long. nocando

10:32am Wed 16 Jan 13

theleftygiraffe says...

hurdygurdy wrote:
What they are doing is utterly commendable, namely trying to protect the countryside from being decimated in the name of “progress”. This will soon no longer exist as a quiet and tranquil area for all to enjoy, and shall be transformed into a no-go area just so people can travel between Bexhill to Hastings in their privately owned cars, great. What’s needed is more investment in the trains and buses.
Also, whether these people are “scruffy” or not, really adds nothing, and in fact just detracts from the point.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]hurdygurdy[/bold] wrote: What they are doing is utterly commendable, namely trying to protect the countryside from being decimated in the name of “progress”. This will soon no longer exist as a quiet and tranquil area for all to enjoy, and shall be transformed into a no-go area just so people can travel between Bexhill to Hastings in their privately owned cars, great. What’s needed is more investment in the trains and buses. Also, whether these people are “scruffy” or not, really adds nothing, and in fact just detracts from the point.[/p][/quote]Well said. theleftygiraffe

10:44am Wed 16 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

The purpose of this new road is to take away most of the traffic on the existing road through the populated areas of St.Leonards and Hastings.
Those misguided protesters should be served eviction notices, and then be forced to pay the costs of their removal if they choose to stay. ( Most of them can probably afford to anyway.)
The purpose of this new road is to take away most of the traffic on the existing road through the populated areas of St.Leonards and Hastings. Those misguided protesters should be served eviction notices, and then be forced to pay the costs of their removal if they choose to stay. ( Most of them can probably afford to anyway.) Sussex jim

10:45am Wed 16 Jan 13

Jonny Harris says...

Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing.
The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs !
Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing. The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs ! Jonny Harris

10:51am Wed 16 Jan 13

nosolution says...

In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell..
In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell.. nosolution

10:51am Wed 16 Jan 13

MarkBrighton says...

@Jonny Harris

layabouts ? I'd like to see you camping out at this time of the year for a cause you believed in ! but people like you tend to just snipe at people from the comfort of their own armchairs... very brave..
@Jonny Harris layabouts ? I'd like to see you camping out at this time of the year for a cause you believed in ! but people like you tend to just snipe at people from the comfort of their own armchairs... very brave.. MarkBrighton

10:57am Wed 16 Jan 13

Cyril Bolleaux says...

I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live.
I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live. Cyril Bolleaux

11:35am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

nosolution wrote:
In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell..
No they haven't. Idiotic statements like this don't help your cause, as its self evidentally not true.
[quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell..[/p][/quote]No they haven't. Idiotic statements like this don't help your cause, as its self evidentally not true. Ballroom Blitz

11:48am Wed 16 Jan 13

Poccypoc says...

Get these feckless layabouts and hippies off this land with water cannon. An impromptu ice bath might make them think.

Then, take them to various police stations. Charge them with swearing at police officers, obstruction and other relevant offences.
Get these feckless layabouts and hippies off this land with water cannon. An impromptu ice bath might make them think. Then, take them to various police stations. Charge them with swearing at police officers, obstruction and other relevant offences. Poccypoc

12:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

gaz scott says...

Poccypoc wrote:
Get these feckless layabouts and hippies off this land with water cannon. An impromptu ice bath might make them think.

Then, take them to various police stations. Charge them with swearing at police officers, obstruction and other relevant offences.
Can I suggest you add the Ladybird Book of Democracy and the Justice System to your limited collection. Or maybe move to a country where protesters would indeed be dealt with in this way or worse.
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: Get these feckless layabouts and hippies off this land with water cannon. An impromptu ice bath might make them think. Then, take them to various police stations. Charge them with swearing at police officers, obstruction and other relevant offences.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest you add the Ladybird Book of Democracy and the Justice System to your limited collection. Or maybe move to a country where protesters would indeed be dealt with in this way or worse. gaz scott

12:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BagelCat says...

At least protest about something worth protesting about. I lived around this area for many years before moving to Brighton and this road is the best thing to ever happen there.
At least protest about something worth protesting about. I lived around this area for many years before moving to Brighton and this road is the best thing to ever happen there. BagelCat

12:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BagelCat says...

At least protest about something worth protesting about. I lived around this area for many years before moving to Brighton and this road is the best thing to ever happen there.
At least protest about something worth protesting about. I lived around this area for many years before moving to Brighton and this road is the best thing to ever happen there. BagelCat

12:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Dave in Hastings says...

nocando wrote:
long overdue. That coast road's been strangling hastings for too long.
And this road will do nothing to relieve the congestion for through traffic. It will just shift the jams to the Ridge (for those that know Hastings). A proper by-pass is required, not this half-hearted bodge-up.
[quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: long overdue. That coast road's been strangling hastings for too long.[/p][/quote]And this road will do nothing to relieve the congestion for through traffic. It will just shift the jams to the Ridge (for those that know Hastings). A proper by-pass is required, not this half-hearted bodge-up. Dave in Hastings

12:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Dave in Hastings says...

Sussex jim wrote:
The purpose of this new road is to take away most of the traffic on the existing road through the populated areas of St.Leonards and Hastings.
Those misguided protesters should be served eviction notices, and then be forced to pay the costs of their removal if they choose to stay. ( Most of them can probably afford to anyway.)
Well if that's the purpose of the new road, it will fail miserably. The only road it will relieve is a short stretch of the Bexhill Road.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: The purpose of this new road is to take away most of the traffic on the existing road through the populated areas of St.Leonards and Hastings. Those misguided protesters should be served eviction notices, and then be forced to pay the costs of their removal if they choose to stay. ( Most of them can probably afford to anyway.)[/p][/quote]Well if that's the purpose of the new road, it will fail miserably. The only road it will relieve is a short stretch of the Bexhill Road. Dave in Hastings

12:21pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Dave in Hastings says...

Jonny Harris wrote:
Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing.
The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs !
Correct in the first sentence, but you obviously know nothing about this road. It will NOT be part of any south coast motorway, and will shift traffic jams to elsewhere in Hastings.
And totally wrong about the protesters. At least they are getting off their arses to do something they believe in.
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Harris[/bold] wrote: Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing. The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs ![/p][/quote]Correct in the first sentence, but you obviously know nothing about this road. It will NOT be part of any south coast motorway, and will shift traffic jams to elsewhere in Hastings. And totally wrong about the protesters. At least they are getting off their arses to do something they believe in. Dave in Hastings

12:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Dave in Hastings says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live.
So the new road is going to make the train journey easier now? Blimey! It must be good... ;)
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live.[/p][/quote]So the new road is going to make the train journey easier now? Blimey! It must be good... ;) Dave in Hastings

12:40pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Poccypoc says...

Jonny Harris wrote:
Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing.
The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs !
A pity the Government didn't go ahead with the Folkestone to Honiton super-highway in 2002 when it was on the agenda.
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Harris[/bold] wrote: Hastings and the whole of East Sussex is in dire need of decent roads. A motorway along the south coast to Cornwall would be a great thing. The protesters are a bunch of layabouts and should get jobs ![/p][/quote]A pity the Government didn't go ahead with the Folkestone to Honiton super-highway in 2002 when it was on the agenda. Poccypoc

12:45pm Wed 16 Jan 13

nosolution says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
nosolution wrote: In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell..
No they haven't. Idiotic statements like this don't help your cause, as its self evidentally not true.
Try to read properly,I was using future tense not the past or present.This country is the most built up in Europe and has far more road space (1.8% of land area) but has far more congestion in spite of this due to ridiculous road schemes.No other country in Europe is as gridlocked at rush hour...
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: In a 100 years the COWDEPYS(those who concrete over wildlife for development ego and profit) will have completely smothered the country in a concrete and tarmac hell..[/p][/quote]No they haven't. Idiotic statements like this don't help your cause, as its self evidentally not true.[/p][/quote]Try to read properly,I was using future tense not the past or present.This country is the most built up in Europe and has far more road space (1.8% of land area) but has far more congestion in spite of this due to ridiculous road schemes.No other country in Europe is as gridlocked at rush hour... nosolution

1:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Cyril Bolleaux says...

Dave in Hastings wrote:
Cyril Bolleaux wrote: I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live.
So the new road is going to make the train journey easier now? Blimey! It must be good... ;)
Not sure what point you are making but it will make the journey better for all people who drive to the St. Leonards industrial estates. It will also make life better for people who live on the coast road. It will attact business to Hastings so helping the young people of the town get decent jobs. No one likes concreting over green areas but sometimes it has to happen. In the 19th century the same arguments were used against the railways as are now used against roads yet the greens now worship the train.
[quote][p][bold]Dave in Hastings[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: I fully support the bailiffs and look forward to the new road. Try commuting to the St Leonards industrial estates on the bus/train. A colleague does this and it is two hours each way from Eastbourne. There is nothing wrong with private cars. The problem lies with extremist Greens who wish to dictate how everbody else should live.[/p][/quote]So the new road is going to make the train journey easier now? Blimey! It must be good... ;)[/p][/quote]Not sure what point you are making but it will make the journey better for all people who drive to the St. Leonards industrial estates. It will also make life better for people who live on the coast road. It will attact business to Hastings so helping the young people of the town get decent jobs. No one likes concreting over green areas but sometimes it has to happen. In the 19th century the same arguments were used against the railways as are now used against roads yet the greens now worship the train. Cyril Bolleaux

1:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

PorkBoat says...

Turn the hoses on them!
Turn the hoses on them! PorkBoat

1:47pm Wed 16 Jan 13

AmboGuy says...

All these wasters supporters must surely know some important points about what they are doing:

1) It will never ever work.
2) It only delays the inevitable.
3) It just costs the tax payer more money to deal with evicting them.
4) It turns the vast majority of the public against them.

Do they care? Not one bit. If you want to look at some of the most arrogant and misguided people in society then don't look at the politicians look at this lot instead.
All these wasters supporters must surely know some important points about what they are doing: 1) It will never ever work. 2) It only delays the inevitable. 3) It just costs the tax payer more money to deal with evicting them. 4) It turns the vast majority of the public against them. Do they care? Not one bit. If you want to look at some of the most arrogant and misguided people in society then don't look at the politicians look at this lot instead. AmboGuy

1:50pm Wed 16 Jan 13

zed dead says...

so its all about this road ,,,what about the "Security teams" + "security guards" used here ! who pays for them what are the cops doing ? this road is needed but the cost will keep going up when they use,,, private security companies,,,

this job is for the cops not some hired help,,this is privatization gone mad,,and it will keep going up in cost to fund some hedge fund overseas and you pay for it
so its all about this road ,,,what about the "Security teams" + "security guards" used here ! who pays for them what are the cops doing ? this road is needed but the cost will keep going up when they use,,, private security companies,,, this job is for the cops not some hired help,,this is privatization gone mad,,and it will keep going up in cost to fund some hedge fund overseas and you pay for it zed dead

5:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jonmik says...

Population of Hastingas and Bexhill approx 120 000, number of protestors evicted about 20. The silent majority are in favour of this road, not the unemployed so far identified from Cardiff, London and Sheffield that have been named when charged by the Police. They will achieve nothing, they do not have local support, apart from a few NIMBYS, Interestingly when the council asked Hastings residents which site they preferred, the Majority chose the cheapest route through the middle of the Valley. The Council selected the current route which skirts the edge using a disused railway line mostly to appease the Environmentalist, this was a more expensive route, should have just gone with what the people wanted and saved money, all is available to see on East Sussex County Council Website. Quicker it is built the better.
Population of Hastingas and Bexhill approx 120 000, number of protestors evicted about 20. The silent majority are in favour of this road, not the unemployed so far identified from Cardiff, London and Sheffield that have been named when charged by the Police. They will achieve nothing, they do not have local support, apart from a few NIMBYS, Interestingly when the council asked Hastings residents which site they preferred, the Majority chose the cheapest route through the middle of the Valley. The Council selected the current route which skirts the edge using a disused railway line mostly to appease the Environmentalist, this was a more expensive route, should have just gone with what the people wanted and saved money, all is available to see on East Sussex County Council Website. Quicker it is built the better. jonmik

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