June 19, 2013 by combehavendefenders
Press Information Note
Combe Haven Defenders 
19 June 2013
ST LEONARDS WOMAN CHARGED OVER SEARCH FOR SECRET LINK ROAD DOCUMENTS
A St Leonards woman arrested during a peaceful attempt to search the Department for Transport for its then-secret recommendations about funding for the controversial £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) has been charged with “aggravated trespass”.
Emily Johns, an artist from St Leonards, was arrested on 8 April after repeatedly trying to enter the DfT to search for the documents . Her actions were part of “Operation Disclosure”, a two-day initiative to search for, copy and distribute the recommendations, which were being withheld from the public . She was charged on Monday (17 June).
The recommendations, which were finally released on 29 April, revealed that “possible, alternative road-based solutions ha[d] not been fully worked through and tested” at the time of the decision to fund the project (in March 2012) , and that the DfT had assessed the BHLR as being of “low or medium value for money” – and was therefore not a project that the Department would normally consider funding .
Ms Johns said, “Far from obstructing the work of the Department for Transport, I took action in support of Transport Department civil servants, whose conclusions – that East Sussex County Council had “significantly overstate[d] the benefits” of the Link Road, “double-counting productivity improvements” and dramatically overstating the number of jobs that will be created if the Road is built  – should have dealt a death-blow to the project long ago.”
A “National Rally Against Road Building”, backed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB, will be taking place at the Crowhurst Recreation Ground from 2- 5pm on Saturday 13 July .
 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/192923/120314-submission-bexhill-hastings-link-road.pdf (Para 28)
 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/192924/120319-submission-bexhill-hastings-link-road.pdf (Para 5)
 See para. 6 of https://combehavendefenders.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/annex-2b-extracts-from-19-march-submission-to-dft-ministers.pdf