Crowhurst Parish Council urges Link Road delay

January 25, 2013 by combehavendefenders

From the Rye & Battle Observer, 25 January 2013

From the Rye & Battle Observer, 25 January 2013

[Note for folk from outside Hastings & Rother: The small village of Crowhurst, just northwest of Hastings, is on the route of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR)]

Press Release (from local Crowhurst residents)
22 January 2013

CROWHURST PARISH COUNCIL URGES LINK ROAD DELAY
Requests halt to road-building until English Heritage have investigated possible Norman invasion landing site

Monday 21 January: Crowhurst Parish Council has resolved to write to East Sussex County Council (ESCC) requesting a delay to work on the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) “until English Heritage have investigated the location of the Norman Fort and probable invasion landing site” [1].

The decision was taken by the Parish Council this Monday (21 Jan), during a meeting attended by police, local opponents of the Road and a representative from ESCC. No Contractors for the Road decided to attend the meeting.

English Heritage has recently been asked to make an urgent review of the battlefield site registration of the Battle of Hastings in the light of new evidence about the extent and nature of the site, and Bexhill resident Michael Bernard has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of ESCC’s decision not to stop work pending such an investigation [2].

Parish Councillors expressed outrage that work on the Road – a project at “significant” risk of “achieving low value for money”, according to the Department for Transport (DfT) [2] – was started by ESCC without the promised notification.

Concerns were also raised about both the environmental and archaeological impact of the scheme, the apparently inflated figures for job creation used by ESCC Council Leader Peter Jones [3], and the likelihood of flooding if the new road is built (Robertsbridge being cited as a comparison).

Chas Pearce, Chairman of the Crowhurst Parish Council, went so far as to say that: “The Link Road is the worst thing to happen to Crowhurst since the French came through!”

Local resident Dave Howley said: “If built, the Link Road stands to have a devastating impact, not just on Crowhurst and the local envinronment but on a potential World Heritage Site as well. East Sussex County Council should immediately halt work on the project in line with the Parish Council’s request.”

NOTES

[1] The following proposal was carried: “Will ESCC delay work until English Heritage have investigated the location of the Norman Fort and probable invasion landing site?”
[2] www.blinkrr.org
[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/5001/annex-2b.pdf
[4] According to Peter Jones the Link Road will create 3,000 new jobs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19966678).  According to the DfT, the actual number would be 900 (DfT: Final BHLR Assessment, March 2012.).  Of these, 40% would go to people outside the area (http://www.persona.uk.com/bexhill/ESCC_docs/Witness-04/ESCC-04_02.pdf), leaving only 540 for local people.

crowhurst parish council report

The story as it appeared in the local papers.

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