11 October: Just three days left for the public to comment on where Government should spend £630 million of transport funding.
One of the road projects in the 'Development Pool' of schemes bidding for this cash is the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.
Local campaigners, the Hastings Alliance, have produced the list of points below that briefly sum up their case against funding this road.
If you live in the area, or have personal links with Hastings or Bexhill, please use these points to help put together a personal response to the DfT saying why you think the road should not be built.
Use our simple form here to send your comments to ministers: have your say.
Issues and failures of greatest concern to the Hastings Alliance:
- Sacrificing a unique asset for residents and visitors of high ecological, landscape and archeological interest – Combe Haven valley - for a road whose need has never been proven.
- Proposing the road without ever properly and fully investigating transport and development alternatives.
- Focusing on the BHLR to the exclusion of other, easily deliverable and cheaper improvements.
- Reducing congestion in one location and shifting it to other locations.
- Claiming that the BHLR is essential for housing when it isn’t.
- Claiming that 2,000 jobs will follow the BHLR when there is no evidence that jobs will come but may instead transfer to new business parks from existing town centre locations.
- Promoting carbon emitting ‘car based’ development in a town where many have no car and which undermines sustainable modes of transport.
- Failing to attract any private sector money to pay for BHLR and other works connected to it.
- Using East Sussex County Council funds to pay part of the construction costs of the road (£29m, which is £19m more than planned). No private sector contributions.
- Carrying out consultations which misled residents into choosing one road route out of 6 offered – four of which had been rejected already by government, and giving no description at all of alternative transport.
- Ignoring sustainable alternatives for 11 years while pursuing the BHLR at whatever cost in money and time.