Press release: North Queensway access road submitted to Museum of Useless Objects

August 10, 2015 by combehavendefenders

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Anthony Bradnum posting the letter to the Museum of Useless Objects

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Monday 10 August 2015
Contact 07565 967 250

Photos available – https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=4719

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NORTH QUEENSWAY INNOVATION PARK ACCESS ROAD IN HASTINGS SUBMITTED TO MUSEUM OF USELESS OBJECTS

51m road to nowhere is ‘invention that we do not need’

Campaigners have submitted the £1.5m, 51 metre access road to SeaChange’s North Queensway Innovation Park in Hastings to Nonseum, the Museum of Useless Objects [2], in Austria. The museum, near Vienna, is a repository for ‘inventions that we do not need’; exhibits include a teabag anchor, sleeping bags for bats and a portable zebra crossing.

The dead end road onto the site from Queensway was built in 2013 [3] using a £1.5m grant from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) [4]. The total cost of the scheme was projected to be £32m [5]. SELEP claimed that the scheme could create 865 jobs [4]. SeaChange suggested it would create 700 jobs [6], a figure it later revised downwards to just 300 [7]. To date, not a single job has been created.

Anthony Bradnum, spokesperson for Combe Haven Defenders, said, ‘We submitted SeaChange’s £1.5m, 51m road to Nonseum because it is clearly a useless object that we do not need. SeaChange received large amounts of public money to build this road, and destroyed an important wildlife site, on the promise of jobs for the people of Hastings. Well over two years later, not a single job has been created and the access road is quite literally a road to nowhere.’

Contact 07565 967 250

NOTES

[1] www.combehavendefenders.org.uk

[2] http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nonseum

[3] http://www.seachangesussex.co.uk/construction-kicks-off-for-north-queensway-business-park-designed-to-create-up-to-300-jobs/

[4] http://www.southeastlep.com/news/article/865-jobs-could-be-created-in-east-sussex-thanks-to-south-east-lep

[5] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=4722 (p31)

[6] http://tinyurl.com/q2uefg7 – see FAQ

[7] http://www.seachangesussex.co.uk/our-programme/north-queensway/


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