ESCC meets in secret to agree more money for Link Road

January 1, 2013 by combehavendefenders

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Press release: January 1, 2013

ESCC MEETS IN SECRET TO AGREE MORE MONEY FOR LINK ROAD

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has agreed to increase its spending on the Bexhill Hastings Link Road (BHLR), at a meeting at which the public was excluded, and the minutes withheld [1].

Obviously aware that this might not be a popular move with the people of East Sussex at a time when the council is proposing over £70m of spending cuts [2], the meeting was closed to the public whilst this item was discussed [3]. Minutes of council meetings are published on ESCC’s website: under this item, the record states, ‘The full decisions are set out in a confidential minute’.

The total cost of the Link Road, and ESCC’s contribution to it, has changed frequently over the years. From looking at the BHLR Application for Full Approval [4], it would appear that ESCC has now agreed a further £6m for the road.

Combe Haven Defenders spokesperson Andrea Needham said, “Council leader Peter Jones has frequently accused opponents of the Link Road of not respecting the democratic process. We would like to know how increasing the funding for the road in a meeting from which the public are excluded, and refusing to publish the minutes of that meeting, is part of the democratic process.”

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NOTES
[1] http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/7F8112E1-6058-4CAA-ACBB-6DE5E7633F55/0/bhlr_full_approval_2012.pdf – see bottom of page 4

[2] http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C499E4DD-EE8B-4CAC-AFC9-A9D3D9B0C9C0/32196/Item5ReportoftheCabinet24July2012.pdf – see page 22

[3]  See here – items 76 and 77

[4] http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/7F8112E1-6058-4CAA-ACBB-6DE5E7633F55/0/bhlr_full_approval_2012.pdf

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