Sat 2 Feb: “Grannies’ Dinghy” Photo Call
February 2, 2013 by combehavendefenders
Combe Haven Defenders 
1 February 2013
“GRANNIES’ KAYAKS” SET SAIL TO SAVE COMBE HAVEN, IN ROAD PROTEST
“Team Granny” test drive the new Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR)!
Saturday 2 February, 1pm: Local grandmothers launch their latest peaceful protest to demonstrate opposition to the new road which will be built on a flood plain.
The grandmothers will assemble at 12.45pm in the car park by Crowhurst Recreation Ground near The Plough (TN33 9AW) before heading south to Combe Haven Valley for a photo call at 1pm . Pictures of their “Grannie Tree” appeared in the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
The £100m road project is one of over forty “zombie roads” declared dead years ago and now resuscitated as part of Britain’s largest road-building programme in 25 years [3,4].
Despite the government’s own advisers viewing the road as a waste of taxpayers’ money (the road comes in at more than £15,000 per metre), the chancellor blithely rubber-stamped it. 
The peaceful protest against the BHLR has run for 50 days, with 28 arrests, (including 5 senior women) and seized national attention .
Local grandmother Rosamond Palmer said: “ComBe Haven floods, it is a flood plain and therefore a stupid place to build a road. As local senior residents we want to express our opposition. Fortunately being sensible older women, we brought our boats!”
 See ‘Controversial ‘zombie roads’ scheme to be resuscitated’, Guardian, 10 October 2012, http://tinyurl.com/zombieroads