Press release: Road protestors take to trees & tunnels as chainsaws return to Combe Haven

January 5, 2013 by combehavendefenders

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Press Information Note
5 January 2013
Combe Haven Defenders [1]

ROAD PROTESTORS TAKE TO TREES & TUNNELS AS CHAINSAWS RETURN TO COMBE HAVEN

Monday 7 January, Crowhurst: Opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) will be taking to the trees – and descending into tunnels – in Combe Haven this Monday, when chainsaw tree-felling is anticipated to resume after the Christmas break.

Six protestors were arrested during eight days of peaceful protest spanning 14 – 21 December, and a fully-fledged protest camp has now been in place along the route of the planned Road since 21 December [2]. Featuring tree houses and at least one tunnel, the alcohol-free camp is situated on the disused railway cutting just east of Adams Farm, Crowhurst [3].

The environmentally-disastrous £100m BHLR is one of over forty “zombie roads” that were declared dead years ago but have now been resuscitated as part of Britain’s largest road-building programme in 25 years [4].

A spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders, one of several local groups opposing the Road, said: ““The second Battle of Hastings has now begun in earnest. We intend to do everything in our power to peacefully resist this Road, and urge all those concerned about the environment, the countryside, or the public purse to join us.”

[1] www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/week-1-summary-reports-and-pictures/
[3] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/camp-groundrules-directions/
[4] http://bettertransport.org.uk/media/26-Oct-roads-report

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