Chancellor George Osborne must have had road rage yesterday when Sussex activists rolled out this giant carriageway outside his house.
Twenty people unfurled the 50m “road to nowhere” in the grounds of Crag Hall in the Peak District National Park, next to the chancellor’s country retreat.
The protestors also used huge eight-foot letters to spell out the words “No New Roads” to make sure Mr Osborne got the message.
Campaigners, including an artist, a teacher, and a scientist, travelled from East Sussex, where protests against the £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road have already led to 30 arrests.
Funding for more new roads is expected to be approved in Mr Osborne’s annual Spending Review on Wednesday.
Karl Horton, a spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders, one of the leaders of yesterday’s action, said: “George Osborne is building a pointless and destructive road to nowhere on our doorstep – and is planning to build scores more on other people’s – so today we’ve come and built one on his.
“His obsession with building new roads is bad for jobs, bad for our countryside and bad for our warming climate. It can and will be met with sustained peaceful resistance.”
The group hit national headlines earlier this year as construction workers set about work on the controversial £92 million link road.
Clearing work for the route, which will connect the A259 and the B2092 across the Combe Valley, began in December.
Campaigners camped out in trees along the route and dug tunnels in an attempt to hold up construction.
After weeks of action, developers secured an injunction and activists were removed from the site with a number of arrests.
A national rally against road building, backed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB, will be taking place in Crowhurst, on the route of the link road, on Saturday, July 13.