Hastings to Bexhill link road protesters say they will be back following eviction

Protesters say they will be back following eviction

Simon Sittingbull Medhurst

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Link road protesters who were evicted from their main camp yesterday have vowed to return.

Activists opposing the controversial £94m Hastings to Bexhill road described their disposal as merely “the end of the beginning”.

Members of the Combe Haven Defenders have been camped in and around the trees since December 21 in an attempt to delay clearance work for the link road.

And while their main camp and tunnels were taken yesterday, a smaller base, known as Decoy Camp, remains.

Protester Indiana said: “Everyone has done really well in delaying work as much as they have. The first stage of action was always going to be what was possible with the resources we had.

"However, we will now regroup and plan to go again. We’re not giving up. This is not the end. This is merely the end of the beginning.”

There were two arrests yesterday as bailiffs removed protesters from tree houses and tunnels.

Simon ‘Sitting Bull’ Medhurst, who has become the poster boy of the protest, was dug out of his hand-made tunnel by a specially trained team.

He said: “They had already exposed me and gave me the choice of going the whole nine yards or coming out voluntarily, so I decided to come out on my own volition.

“I spent just nine days digging a tunnel that held up work on the road for two days. As far as tactics go, I think that’s a result and I live to fight another day.

“I’m going home to have a bath now and then I’m going to assess the situation and find out where my abilities will be best served.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “The operation was successful and it achieved the objective.

“We are working according to our plans and the preparatory works are still within our schedule.”

Police confirmed that a 28- year-old man from St Leonards and a 54-year-old woman were arrested for aggravated trespass and obstruction and remain in police custody.

Protesters and bailiffs put their differences aside on Wednesday night as they battled plummeting temperatures.

A number of activists remained up trees and down tunnels at Base Camp with temperatures dropping to -5c.

Tunneller Simon ‘Sitting Bull’ Medhurst was allowed to surface to avoid hyperthermia and in return, bailiffs and security staff, who were keeping tabs on the protesters, were allowed round the camp fire to keep warm.

Protester, Patrick Nicholson, said: “It was a bit like the Christmas Day game of football in the trenches in World War One.

“We still have people attached to trees and expect it to be a busy day.”

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Joshiman says...

Go back to mummy and daddy's until it gets warmer.Failing that try and get a job.
Go back to mummy and daddy's until it gets warmer.Failing that try and get a job. Joshiman
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12:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

RottingdeanRant says...

Pity they were let home over night. Should have left them there in the cold, their choice and their risk. This project has been through the democratic process so a few dissenters should not be allowed to disrupt it.
Pity they were let home over night. Should have left them there in the cold, their choice and their risk. This project has been through the democratic process so a few dissenters should not be allowed to disrupt it. RottingdeanRant
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1:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Rocco10 says...

It's pathetic. It will change nothing as construction has started. They're just wasting taxpayers money. Not that they pay tax themselves. Send them to prison until the road is finished.
It's pathetic. It will change nothing as construction has started. They're just wasting taxpayers money. Not that they pay tax themselves. Send them to prison until the road is finished. Rocco10
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3:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

fredaj says...

All the time they are sitting up a tree, they are not sitting in a tent in The Steine or chained to a fence outside EDO, or outside Top Shop in London come to that, because they are the exact same people.

Any protest will do, just as long as it is a protest.
All the time they are sitting up a tree, they are not sitting in a tent in The Steine or chained to a fence outside EDO, or outside Top Shop in London come to that, because they are the exact same people. Any protest will do, just as long as it is a protest. fredaj
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3:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Roundbill says...

Ben James, I know you're only a work experience teenager, but PLEASE try and learn the difference between "hyperthermia" and "hypothermia".
Ben James, I know you're only a work experience teenager, but PLEASE try and learn the difference between "hyperthermia" and "hypothermia". Roundbill
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4:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

HJarrs says...

Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here.

This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development.

When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!). HJarrs
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5:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13

nosolution says...

HJarrs wrote:
Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here.

This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development.

When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that....
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).[/p][/quote]For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that.... nosolution
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6:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thetruth666 says...

nosolution wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here.

This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development.

When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that....
I too agree.Great post.
[quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).[/p][/quote]For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that....[/p][/quote]I too agree.Great post. Thetruth666
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8:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nosfaratu says...

HJarrs wrote:
Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
Luddite's. While you waste this countries money protesting about a short road improvement the rest of the world is burning more carbon every day than good Old England could in fifty years.

People like you should move to ?
'O' yes, the rest of the world likes progress, 'Pandora'.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).[/p][/quote]Luddite's. While you waste this countries money protesting about a short road improvement the rest of the world is burning more carbon every day than good Old England could in fifty years. People like you should move to ? 'O' yes, the rest of the world likes progress, 'Pandora'. Nosfaratu
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8:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nosfaratu says...

Thetruth666 wrote:
nosolution wrote:
HJarrs wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that....
I too agree.Great post.
More 'Luddites'.
[quote][p][bold]Thetruth666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).[/p][/quote]For once I agree with HJarrs,alternatives like the Ashford rail link were not given due process.The Tory government like Labour have been under intense lobbying pressure from construction firms like Balfour Beatty et al who then come up with persuasive arguments for this project and that....[/p][/quote]I too agree.Great post.[/p][/quote]More 'Luddites'. Nosfaratu
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11:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

HJarrs says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).
Luddite's. While you waste this countries money protesting about a short road improvement the rest of the world is burning more carbon every day than good Old England could in fifty years.

People like you should move to ?
'O' yes, the rest of the world likes progress, 'Pandora'.
Ah Ned Ludd and Enoch's hammer. They did have point though. However, I fail to see what is Luddite about resisting a policy that was discredited in the 90's having run for 40 years. Ned Ludd was fighting change as you are, in his case it was modern technology, in yours it is outdated practice. We have to get out of the mindset of concreting over the countryside. There were other alternatives not pursued.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good on the protesters, they are far braver than me or the rest of the keyboard warriors on here. This is the scheme that will not die. A scheme that could have paid for the electrification of the railway from Hastings to Ashford and vastly improved train service, not to mention improved bus and cycle facilities. A scheme that blights an area of stageringly beautiful countryside and encourages future strip development. When the original scheme was overturned the talk was of spending the money on other infrastructure projects to meet the same objectives, it is to the then Labour government's shame that this did not happen as this would have brought far more prosperity than this road ever could. The Tories are in the pockets of large construction firms, developers and financiers and to endless growth. We appear to have reached peak car yet we are planning for, and encouraging growth in car use. The Tories road building program is no more sensible that that canned in the 90's due to pressure primarily from anti-road protesters (sorry, I forgot they are not supposed to ever achieve anything!).[/p][/quote]Luddite's. While you waste this countries money protesting about a short road improvement the rest of the world is burning more carbon every day than good Old England could in fifty years. People like you should move to ? 'O' yes, the rest of the world likes progress, 'Pandora'.[/p][/quote]Ah Ned Ludd and Enoch's hammer. They did have point though. However, I fail to see what is Luddite about resisting a policy that was discredited in the 90's having run for 40 years. Ned Ludd was fighting change as you are, in his case it was modern technology, in yours it is outdated practice. We have to get out of the mindset of concreting over the countryside. There were other alternatives not pursued. HJarrs
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