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Anti-road campaigners high in trees at Bexhill and are prepared to stay

Combe Haven | 20.12.2012 13:34 | Climate Chaos | South Coast

Opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) have climbed trees in Sidley early this morning in order to stop the felling of trees along the path of the proposed road. They are located just north of the Glovers Farm bridge, Bexhill TN39 5AJ. They are equipped to stay.

Tree defenders
Tree defenders

Tree-felling for the BHLR started last Friday and represents the first significant work on the highly-contraversial £100m road, one of over forty “zombie roads” that were declared dead years ago but have now been resuscitated as part of as part of Britain’s largest road-building programme in 25 years [2]. A major report by the Campaign for Better Transport provided details of 191 road projects – conservatively costed at £30bn – that are currently in the pipeline across England and Wales. Over forty of these projects are direct revivals from the Tories’ 1990s ‘Roads for Prosperity’ programme. [3]

The tree-felling for the BHLR has attracted significant protest and peaceful direct action every day since Friday, with a number of local people arrested including pensioners. The Combe Haven Defenders (CHD), are calling on 1,066 people from the local area and across the country to "pledge to take part in peaceful resistance to the construction of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road" [4].

A spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders said: "Events of the last week have demonstrated that a local people from a diverse range of backgrounds are passionately against this an environmentally disastrous white-elephant project that will increase overall traffic levels while derailing sustainable transport alternatives. We hope people will support, and maybe join, those brave folk up in the trees, all the way through Christmas and beyond, if necessary."

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[2] See 'Controversial 'zombie roads' scheme to be resuscitated', Guardian, 10 October 2012,

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great work

20.12.2012 14:51

please everyone get down there if you can, the local community is divided on this issue, but a beautiful stretch of land and marsh is to be destroyed in the name of the local economy in hastings, it wont make any more jobs, and will only make traffic congestion more some point we have to ask ourselves what we are willing to sacrifice in the name of cars, there must be another way.

i was born in hastings and i love the area passionately, and was dragged down there by my parents when i was younger on a long sunday walk along to crowhurst to sit in the local pub and watch the cricket.

those arguing for the roads often say its only middle class folk who are protesting, hippies who dont realise the realism of everyday life. Well i say to them, we werent middle class, and we loved the courtyside, and we love the area. its time hastings council did something real for the people of hastings and not adopt this red herring...real jobs come from real investment in local businesses not new roads!

good luck everyone, your an inspiration

richard connor

library assistant soas university, london