Area: East Sussex
Interests: Road building
One of the most tranquil areas in the South East, Combe Haven Valley, is threatened by the building of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.
The Hastings Alliance, a group representing the views of several national and local organisations as well as concerned individuals, is opposed to the construction of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.
Promoted by East Sussex County Council, this road would run from the A259 in Bexhill to the B2092 Queensway in Hastings and ruin this exceptionally beautiful valley and countryside. The chosen route passes within metres of the Combe Haven Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as one of the nation's most important wildlife sites, and severely damage the important biodiversity of this region.
January 2017: The latest news update from Hastings Alliance covers the A27 consultation, integration between buses, trains and bikes, the school run, transport and health and much more, as well as a campaign to restore a lost bus route, and a plan for a regional transport body for the South East.
January 2016: Here is the latest update from Hastings Alliance. The Bexhill to Hastings Link Road opened in late December – precisely seven years after the initial date predicted by East Sussex County Council, and at £120.8 million, exactly five times the original estimated 2002 costs of £24m. We have to campaign in this new environment.
October 2015: The latest news is that the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road will likely open to traffic on Thursday 26 November 2015 - precisely seven years later than originally predicted. The construction machinery has already transformed the Combe Haven valleys from being tranquil and remote places to rather noisy ones, but that impact will pale after the opening of the BHLR delivers the constant daily drone of tens of thousands of vehicles.
October 2015: The latest information we have about the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road is:
- The road will open on or around 2 November
- There will be a new bus service operating between Bexhill - Tesco - Hastings. It will be an extension of the current 21 route with three vehicles available
- Bus lane construction along the existing A259 will begin in February 2016
April 2015: The cost of the highly damaging Bexhill Hastings Link Road continues to spiral, as the graph below shows. The reasons for the cost increases, as well as lots more news, can be found on the Hasting Alliance website.
2013: In spite of rising costs, negative media coverage and vehement protests, construction of the Bexhill Hastings Link Road began in 2013. Hastings Alliance continues its fight against the road: find out the latest developments on the group's website.
December 2010: The campaign against the proposed Bexhill-Hastings link road is now on the Guardian's Piece By Piece website. The site is a showcase for local campaigns fighting for the UK's natural habitats.
The Guardian says: "The Piece By Piece project will bring together groups working to save biodiversity from ill-conceived development."
A spokesman for the Hastings Alliance said: "The appearance of our campaign on this high-quality, high-visibility location brings welcome publicity to our campaign."
Visit the new site
October 2009: The Government has re-confirmed funding for the road, but the group is preparing for a public inquiry in November.
September 2009: The group presented Transport Secretary Lord Adonis with proposals for improving rail in the area.
September 2008: Call out to the Government Office of the South-East, opposing the Bexhill-Hastings link road.
July 2008: The cost of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road has more than doubled from £47m to almost £100m. Hastings Alliance has put out a press release about the increase (PDF, 34K).
September 2007: The group has posted a video online: