The Link Road – The perspective from the business end of town

John Shaw giving presentation at the November Chamber of Commerce Breakfast SUS-160601-064937001
John Shaw giving presentation at the November Chamber of Commerce Breakfast SUS-160601-064937001

The Bexhill-Hastings link road, officially named Combe Valley Way finally opened on 17th December 2015. It is a crucial component of the development programme for Bexhill as it facilitates the following; access to employment sites, most notably at the present time the Castleham and Churchfileds areas of Hastings, and potentially 42 acres of land in North-East Bexhill which would be able to support 500,000 sq. ft. of business premises. In total the sites are believed to be able to support 3000 jobs.

It is also predicted that the link road is going to aid regeneration and economic growth. Economic experts Genecon forecast that the link road will add £1 billion to the local economy over the next 25 years as a result of business growth having been facilitated by the link road.

Increased opportunities for businesses to relocate and set up in Bexhill as a result of the link road are already apparent by way of the opening of Glovers House at the Bexhill Enterprise Park.

At the November Chamber of Commerce breakfast John Shaw from Sea Change gave a presentation regarding the Sea Change Sussex programme and in particular the Enterprise Park. Glovers house is the first property to have been constructed on the park, this visually attractive, low energy building boasts 25, 235 sq. ft. of high quality modern office space with ample parking.

The very positive news is that on completion of the development in December 2015 all of this office space was already let out. Hopefully the development of a similar office block on the site is also in the pipeline.

The link road is not only forecast to aid economic growth, but it also aids the viability of the construction of 1200-2000 new homes, intended to be affordable housing for local people including first time buyers.

This will aid youth and skill retention and allow people to work and live in Bexhill hence adding to the Bexhill economy both through labour productivity and the expenditure of their disposable income.