Come and Help Distribute the 1,066 Pledge in London on 20 October!

October 15, 2012 by combehavendefenders

[NOTE: This image is an adaptation, by the wonderful Erica Smith, of an original image by the equally wonderful Polyp. A big thanks to Polyp for generously allowing us to adapt his image, and to Erica for her work in adapting it! Please check out their web-sites, as well as Polyp’s original image.]


The Combe Haven Defenders are printing over 10,000 fliers for distribution at vast the TUC-organised march in London on 20 October ( – an unmissable opportunity for us to raise the national profile of the campaign to stop the road. Featuring a pastiche of the Bayeux tapesty (see above) the flier invites “1,066 people from around the UK to publicly pledge to come and join the ‘Second Battle of Hastings’, and blockade the construction of the road when it begins in January”.

We urgently need volunteers to come to London to give them out. If you can help then please email persephone.pearl [at] or text your name and # to 07960 794408 as soon as possible.

Free coach places, leaving from Hastings pier at 8.15am on Saturday 20 October, should still be available: email swpsam [at] Alternatively, you can travel up to London with other anti-road campaigners on the train.


Press release, 15 October 2012
Combe Haven Defenders [1]

10,000 fliers to be distributed at national march in London on 20 October

Local opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR), the Combe Haven Defenders, are calling on 1,066 people from across the country to “pledge to take part in peaceful resistance to the construction of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road”. The invitation to “Join the Second Battle of Hastings” is being launched this week with a pastiche of the Bayeux Tapestry (see attached image) – featuring Chancellor George Osborne on a bulldozer, anti-road campaigners,  and examples of local wild-life from the Combe Haven Valley – 10,000 copies of which will be distributed at the TUC’s “A Future That Works” demonstration this Saturday (20 October) [2].

The pastiche is a joint creation of local artist and graphic designer Erica Smith [3] and well-known cartoonist Polyp [4]. Over a hundred local people have already signed a pledge expressing their willingness to engage in acts of peaceful resistance to stop the road.

The pledge will also be available to sign on-line from Saturday at

Rosa Canadas, a spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders – which recently organised a two-day Camp and Rally in Combe Haven Valley to develop resistance to the road plan – said: “George Osborne, big business, and local councils want to spend £20bn on hundreds of road projects across the country: a huge waste of public money and an environmental disaster. The £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) is the “first and the worst” of these projects. The worst in terms of carbon emissions of the 45 transport schemes approved in the 2012 budget, it will destroy the beautiful Combe Haven Valley, part of the ‘theatre’ of the Battle of Hastings.

“The BHLR is therefore a line in the sand: stop it and we have a real chance to halt the whole road-building programme before it gets started. This is why we are now calling for 1,066 people from around the UK to publicly pledge to come and join the ‘Second Battle of Hastings’, and peacefully resist the construction of the road if it begins in January.”

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