IT HAS caused untold controversy and the debate over its merits shows no signs of stopping just yet – but the Bexhill Hastings Link Road is here to stay.
Work continues apace on the £100million plus stretch of road and Rother District Council has been handed the job of finding a name for the road.
The local authority has been given the task by East Sussex County Council and has teamed up with the Observer to gather suggestions.
Readers are being asked to fill in and return the form below complete with their preferred name – with the focus hopefully on local history and well-known figures from either Bexhill or nearby Hastings. Perhaps code-cracking mathematician Alan Turing will get your vote, or John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television. Comedian Eddie Izzard could prove a popular choice after his marathon fundraising efforts of recent years, or maybe there is a local charity campaigner or community hero who you think deserves permanent recognition.
And with Bexhill well-established as the home of British motor sport, there should be plenty of transport-related inspiration available.
Author Robert Tressell wrote one of the seminal novels on working class life from his home in Hastings, while Catherine Cookson also made 1066 Country her home at the height of her writing career.
Readers may wish to delve deeper into history and reflect the area’s 1066 heritage while others, of course, may have slightly less endearing names for the controversial road development – although the council is unlikely to want to hear them.
Councillor Pail Osborne is hopeful of receiving a range of names over the coming weeks and suggested a trip to the town’s museum for anyone in need of inspiration. He said: “We are keen to come up with a name which takes into account the heritage of Bexhill and Hastings.
“Bexhill Museum is a great source of information, with current displays covering Bexhill’s links to British Motor Racing and finds from an archaeological dig at the Link Road site.
“I look forward to seeing what suggestions come back.”
With that in mind the Observer has teamed up with Bexhill Museum to offer readers two for one entry simply by cutting out the voucher on this page and taking it along to the museum. All suggestions will be considered – with a final short-list put before councillors. The local authority’s planning committee will then have the final say.