Press release: Campaigners to set up camp and plant trees on route of Queensway Gateway road

September 14, 2015 by combehavendefenders

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Monday 14 September

Contact 07565 967 250

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CAMPAIGNERS TO SET UP CAMP AND PLANT TREES ON ROUTE OF QUEENSWAY GATEWAY ROAD IN HASTINGS

Any future planning application for new road will be ‘strongly opposed’

Hollington Valley, Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September

Campaigners in Hastings will next weekend [2] set up a ‘pop-up’ camp in Hollington Valley, as part of their ongoing fight to stop the Queensway Gateway Road (QGR). The camp will include a social event on the Saturday afternoon (3pm) with treeplanting, music, tea and cake.

Planning permission for the £15m QGR was revoked after a local resident challenged the decision at the High Court. Hastings Council accepted that it had made an error of law in granting the permission, which should have been refused because the road would breach national and EU directives on air pollution [3].

However, road developer SeaChange Sussex attempted to continue with treefelling operations [4], leading to concerns that planning permission would once again be granted, despite the failure to deal with the issue of air pollution.

Combe Haven Defenders spokesperson Emily Johns said, ‘Hastings Council should have accepted after it was forced to revoke the planning permission that this road should have been scrapped long ago. Instead, they are keen to press ahead with a white elephant scheme which would not only cause air pollution and increase carbon emissions, but would totally destroy Hollington Valley local wildlife site. We are planting trees to start the process of regreening Hollington Valley, and will be strongly opposing any new application for planning permission.’

NOTES
[1] http://www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] Full details of camp: https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/4726/

[3] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/4543/

[4] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/4647/

 

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