Villagers take stand against Link Road (Crowhurst refuses to “shove off”)

February 11, 2013 by combehavendefenders

Banner outside "The Plough" pub in Crowhurst.

Banner outside “The Plough” pub in Crowhurst.

Press release from Crowhurst residents:

CROWHURST  REFUSES TO ‘SHOVE OFF’ (as East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones recently told anti-link road protesters on TV)

11 February 2011

There was standing room only in Crowhurst Village Hall last Saturday as villagers met to voice their opposition to the Link Road.

Speakers from Hastings, Bexhill and Crowhurst addressed the meeting, on behalf of Hastings Alliance; Combe Haven Defenders; Bexhill Link Road Resisters (BLINKRR); a local ecologist; Crowhurst Society and Crowhurst Battlefield Association.

Pic from the 9 February Crowhurst meeting.

Pic from the 9 February Crowhurst meeting.

High on the agenda were:
– Ecological issues and recurrent flooding.
– Concerns about the disastrous cost to the environment for the sake of immediate individual profit.
– Suppression of information in the Department for Transport (DfT) report on the Link Road: why were large parts of this report redacted?
– Questions about the involvement of Trinity College, Cambridge, as a major land-holder (Bidwell B Holdings) in North Bexhill.
– Outrage at the disregard shown by ESCC for the compelling arguments for the sites of the Norman Invasion and 1066 Battlefield, where destruction has already begun.
– Serious doubt about the validity of Cllr. Peter Jones’ claims for the number of local jobs to be created.

Villagers conveyed their appreciation and continued support for locally-based Combe Haven Defenders for their courageous actions to protect the area and stop the road, which even the DfT has described as ‘poor value for money’ and the worst for pollution of all sixty plus roads in George Osborne’s plans.

Those present at the meeting unanimously resolved to continue the fight against the road at a follow-up open meeting at Crowhurst Village Hall on Saturday 23rd February, from 4:00-6:00pm.

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