Weekend visit to Combe Haven valley
SENIOR staff from major environment and conservation groups visited Combe Haven Valley on Sunday to see for themselves the possible impact of the Bexhill-Hastings link road.
Represented were Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts, Campaign for Better Transport, RSPB, and Campaign to Protect Rural England.
They looked at work already done by East Sussex County Council contractors and also met with protesters.
Andy Atkins of Friends of The Earth said the road should not have been approved and added: “It will lead to more pollution, damage the environment and do little to boost the local economy.
“Reviving discredited road schemes like this won’t solve our economic and transport problems – it will simply shift traffic elsewhere.
“Transport policy must change direction – we need cleaner cars and safe, efficient and affordable alternatives.”
Greenpeace UK’s John Sauven said: “If we’re to break our fossil fuel addiction and tackle the threat of climate change, we must stop throwing money at unnecessary road schemes like the Bexhill Hastings Link Road. Even the Government’s own advisors see the road as a massive waste of taxpayers’ money.
“We should instead be protecting our natural environment and investing in long term jobs for local communities.”
Stephen Joseph, of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The lesson that new roads don’t solve transport problems has been well and truly forgotten.”
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Weather for Bexhill-on-Sea
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 18 mph
Wind direction: North
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Wind Speed: 24 mph
Wind direction: West