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Protest group denied judicial review into road project
9:37am Friday 10th August 2012 in News
A protest group is “extremely disappointed” that it has been refused a judicial review into a road project.
The Hastings Alliance were responding to a decision in the High Court not to grant leave for a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to part-fund the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR).
The campaign group described the decision as “a body blow for sustainable transport” and that they would now consider the future direction of the campaign.
The Government awarded £56 million in March’s budget towards the 5km scheme to link the A259 and B2092.
Hastings Alliance has appealed for the publication of the Department for Transport’s recommendations to Secretary of State Justine Greening made days before the budget statement.
Chairman Nick Bingham said: “This is indeed a blow to our campaign, but the robust case against the BHLR remains.
“It now looks as if the county council will begin its destruction of Combe Haven Valley as we know it, in January.”
East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones criticised the original call for a judicial review as a delaying tactic.
The council claims the relief road will enable the building of up to 2,000 new homes and business park, creating more than 3,000 new jobs and providing a £1 billion boost to the economy.