Link road costs still seem astronomical

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Whilst it’s perhaps too early to be talking about being the road to ruin for the area, the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road is already costing a pretty penny.

This week the county council has updated the Observer on the construction of the controversial road.

A huge £29.7 million has been spent without a great deal actually being built.

Much of the money has been spent clearing the land for this mammoth project and the security costs have been staggering.

In June the council revised its original £100 million estimate to £113, for the route which they insisted, contrary to our opening suggestion, will be a “road to prosperity”.

In the lengthy fight to push through approval to build the road the council claimed the link road will regenerate Hastings, one of the most deprived areas in the country.

Let’s hope that is the case and the hugely contentious road, which has divided local opinion, will ultimately pay its way.

But opponents of the scheme will, quite understandbly, note there’s already quite a few quid of taxpayers’ money to recoup.