April 3, 2013 by combehavendefenders
The Department for Transport (DfT) is refusing to release its recommendations on whether or not to fund the £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) – the ‘first and the worst’ of over 190 new road projects. If it fails to release these documents by 5 April, then the Combe Haven Defenders and friends will attempt to enter the DfT on Mon 8 & Tues 9 April to peacefully search for, copy and distribute these documents themselves.
If you would like to take part in the Document Search (on either or both days) – or play a support role – then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07926 423 033. Please note that being a Document Searcher carries a risk of arrest, though we judge this to be low. Floorspace accommodation will be available on the evenings of 7 & 8 April.
There are strong reasons to believe that the DfT recommended against funding the BHLR, and that forcing this information into the public domain could do serious damage to the Road, which has still not received final approval for the £56m in Government funds that it requires, and which is viewed by George Osborne as a test case for a major national programme of new roads.
FRI 5 APRIL: Deadline for the DfT to release its redacted recommendations.
SUN 7 APRIL – MON 8 APRIL: Evening briefings (in London) for Document Searchers. A briefing will also take place in Hastings on the afternoon of Sunday 7 April.
MON 8 APRIL – TUE 9 APRIL: Peaceful document searches at the DfT.
More info and background online at http://www.operationdisclosure.wordpress.com