Proposed major Bexhill road seemingly unknown

People against the North Bexhill Access Road (PANBAR). SUS-150110-121049001
People against the North Bexhill Access Road (PANBAR). SUS-150110-121049001
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Campaigners are desperately trying to raise awareness of a road plan they are fighting against.

The People Against the North Bexhill Access Road (PANBAR) group has been campaigning against the road since July but feel very few people know anything about it.

The 2.4km single carriageway road would connect the A269 Ninfield Road with the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) by going through fields to the north of Sidley.

PANBAR chairman Georgina Kinzett said the road would just be used to open up those fields for more houses which she believes are not welcomed.

“It’s been kept so quiet and a lot of people don’t know about it and have not been given an opportunity to give their opinion,” she said.

“The purpose of the road is purely to allow them to develop the land in between and build on it in the future.

“Bexhill is becoming a big place and Hastings and Bexhill will become one eventually.”

“I think it’s a shame personally – I won’t be going on the new road ever.”

Mrs Kinzett said residents had received letters about the road and there was a public consultation but many have no idea when she talks to people.

She is concerned because many people will be affected by the road including farmers who have lost land and residents who will suffer from noise pollution and the loss of green space.

The areas have been earmarked for development under Rother District Council’s local plan and this road is the first stage in its development.

Only 18 objection letters have been formally submitted against the road, which is low considering it is half the size of the BHLR.

Mrs Kinzett does not believe the new road will alleviate traffic going through Sidley is worried it could make Ninfield busier. She also feels the access road has been forgotten about in the midst of the BHLR and does not want the same issues over costs and timing to happen again.

These issues are similar to those referred to in the objection letters and those brought up at the public consultation – attended by about 500 people according to the developers Sea Change Sussex.

Their environmental report said the road could unlock 60,000sqm of business space, provide hundreds of jobs and generate £143m annually.

The report says developers will do their best to ‘mitigate the effect’ on wildlife and the construction will not ‘significantly increase’ noise levels for residents.

To view the road application and comment on the proposal visit: planweb01.rother.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningSearch and search RR/2015/2260/P.

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