Press Release: Local Residents Prepare to Resist Road

August 28, 2012 by combehavendefenders

Press release: 28 August 2012
Contact 07926 423 033 (Emily)
combehavendefenders [at] gmail.com / https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/

Local Residents Prepare to Resist Road
Veteran Anti-roads Campaigner to Lead Workshop at a Rally and Camp in Combe Haven Valley

A new group of local residents, the Combe Haven Defenders [1], have vowed to fight controversial plans to build a £100m “link road” between Hastings and Bexhill, and are bringing renowned transport activist John Stewart [2] to Hastings next month to help build peaceful resistance to the project.

The group are inviting local people to join them for a two-day rally and camp in the valley on 29 – 30 September, to “see the amazing area that will be destroyed unless we take action to stop it” and “learn about practical ways in which we can peacefully and effectively resist the construction of the road”.

Spokesperson Emily Johns said “At the same time as health and care services are being cut the Government and East Sussex County Council are planning to spend over £100 million on a three-mile road that will actually increase overall traffic levels in Hastings and Bexhill. While it’s quite possible that the road will do little or nothing to create local jobs, it will definitely destroy one of the area’s greatest treasures, Combe Haven Valley. We invite people to join us at next month’s Camp to celebrate the beauty of the valley and explore practical ways in which we can peacefully resist this environmentally disastrous white elephant.”

The two-day event will be held at a mystery location in the Valley from 29 – 30 September, with  walks to the Camp leaving from Bexhill, Crowhurst and Bulverhythe on Saturday 29 September.

Veteran anti-roads activist John Stewart – named “Britain’s most successful environmental campaigner” for his work to stop the expansion of Heathrow [2] – will lead a workshop on how campaigners successfully halted Margaret Thatcher’s road building programme in the 1990s. Family activities, food and music will also be on offer.

Spokesperson Charlotte Potter-Powell said: “This is an opportunity for concerned local people to explore how we can peacefully stop the road. And, unlike the road’s architects, we will leave the valley as pristine as we find it.”

Contact 07926 423 033 (Emily)

NOTES

[1] For more info see https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/
[2] John Stewart was named “Britain’s most effective radical green activist” in the first comprehensive list of the country’s most effective greens, compiled by The Independent on Sunday – in part for his role in “co-ordinat[ing] protests that brought Tory plans for ‘the greatest road-building programme since the Romans’ to a screeching halt in the 1990s.” For more info see http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=2244

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