Campaigners take anti-Link Road message to East Hill during Hastings Jack-in-the-Green

May 7, 2013 by combehavendefenders

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The giant letters as seen from the Hastings Jack-in-the-Green celebrations on the West Hill.

Press release
7 May 2013
Combe Haven Defenders [1]

CAMPAIGNERS TAKE ANTI-LINK ROAD MESSAGE TO EAST HILL DURING HASTINGS JACK-IN-THE-GREEN
Giant seven-foot-high letters spell out “No Link Road” as national newspaper covers secret Link Road docs and anti-Link Road Councillors elected

Opponents of the controversial £100m Bexhil-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) spelled out the words “NO LINK ROAD” in giant seven-foot-tall letters on the East Hill this Monday (6 May) during Hastings Jack-in-the-Green.

The annual festival [2] – which draws thousands to the coastal town each year – was this year held on the nearby West Hill, from which the anti-Link Road message was clearly visible for three hours.

The action took place in the same week that a national newspaper ran a major story [3] on the recently released Department for Transport (DfT) recommendations about the use of public money to fund the BHLR [4], and the election to East Sussex County Councillor of two new Councillors known to be opposed to the scheme [5].

IMG_0352The two-page article in the Independent on Sunday pointed to the BHLR as a “vivid example” of how “George Osborne is pushing ahead with a massive nationwide road-building programme despite high-level concerns from ministers and Department for Transport (DfT) officials that there is little evidence it will boost the economy”. The piece goes on to note that the DfT documents “revealed that [Osborne] spent £57m on a controversial new road through an environmentally and archaeologically important stretch of countryside despite a warning by Transport officials that the scheme offered little value for money.” [3]

PHOTOS
(a) The “NO LINK ROAD” letters as seen from the East Hill: http://tinyurl.com/hastingseasthill (Photo: Marta Lefler)
(b) The “NO LINK ROAD” letters as seen from the West Hill during Jack-in-the-Green: http://tinyurl.com/hastingswesthill (Photo:L Marta Lefler)

NOTES
[1] http://www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] http://www.hastingsjack.co.uk
[3] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-george-osborne-digs-himself-a-hole-uneconomical-roads-to-get-goahead-8604127.html
[4] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/campaigners-win-release-of-secret-link-road-documents/
[5] Stuart Earle – Independent (Bexhill West), and Laurence Keeley – UKIP (Hailsham and Herstmonceux)

"No Link Road" badges distributed during the Hastings Jack-in-the-Green

“No Link Road” badges distributed during the Hastings Jack-in-the-Green

Photo: JJ Waller. www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. http://www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. http://www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. http://www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. http://www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. www.jjwaller.com

Photo: JJ Waller. http://www.jjwaller.com

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