Sixty-year-old local woman in court Monday for road protest

January 4, 2013 by combehavendefenders

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Photo: Marta Lefler

9.15am, Monday 7 January: A sixty-year old local woman will be appearing at Hastings Magistrate Court next Monday (7 January) for her role in peaceful protests against the planned Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR).

Rosamond Palmer, a writer from St Leonards on Sea, was arrested on 17 December 2012 in Sidley, Bexhill, where trees were being felled to make way for the BHLR. She has been charged with “Obstruct[ing]/disrupt[ing] [a] person engaged in lawful activity” and  “Resist[ing]/obstruct[ing] [an] enforcement officer … engaged to execute [a] High Court writ”.

A photograph of Ms Palmer being manhandled by an “enforcement officer” was widely reproduced in the local media, including on the front pages of both the Hastings & St Leonards and Bexhill-on-Sea Observers [2].

Ms Palmer said, “I won’t condone our council tax being squandered on a road that will make our local traffic problems worse and destroy a beautiful valley.”

Tree-felling along the route of the planned BHLR is anticipated to recommence no later than 7. January. A protest camp to peacefully resist further tree-felling has been in place in Crowhurst since 21 December. Featuring tree houses and at least one tunnel, the alcohol-free camp is situated on the disused railway cutting just east of Adams Farm.



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