Bexhill Hastings Link Road to be named ‘Fossil Fool Way’

July 29, 2014 by combehavendefenders

Fossil Fool Way near Glover's Farm, SidleyPress release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Tuesday 29 July

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New road to be named ‘Fossil Fool Way’

Campaigners against the Bexhill Hastings Link Road (BHLR) have announced their name for the road, following a poll of locals who oppose the road. The name ‘Fossil Fool Way’ was chosen from a shortlist which included Climate Chaos Way, More Congestion on the Way and Amber Rudd’s Folly.

The road is predicted to carry up to 28,000 vehicles a day [2] across a valley once described by East Sussex County Council as ‘probably the finest medium-sized valley in East Sussex outside of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ [3].

East Sussex County Council’s own figures predict that the BHLR will cause an overall increase in car traffic locally of 10% by 2028, compared with not building the road [4]. That new roads create new traffic – the concept of induced demand – has been known for many years. Twenty years ago, the government’s Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) concluded that ‘induced traffic can and does occur, probably quite extensively’ [5].

Anthony Bradnum, spokesperson for Combe Haven Defenders, said, “The Bexhill Hastings Link Road will cause a significant increase in traffic locally, and thus an increase in carbon emissions. To be building new roads at a time when people around the world are facing the most terrible impacts from climate change is utterly irresponsible. We feel that ‘Fossil Fool Way’ is the most appropriate name for this road, embodying as it does the idea that it is an utterly foolish and immoral vanity project which will not bring the claimed benefits but will instead only create more traffic.’

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[3] – appendix 5

[4] – page 26 of document

[5] – point 11.16 of document

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