Residents can make their own mark in history

Link Road construction - the view west across Watermill
Link Road construction - the view west across Watermill

Bexhill and Rother residents have been taking their chance to ‘make their mark on history’ by suggesting names for the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

Rother District Council has been flooded with entries since appealing through the pages of the Observer (April 11) for suggestions for a name for the £113 million highway, currently being built by East Sussex County Council.

Among the names suggested so far are those drawing inspiration from the area’s rich history,

Including ‘Viking Way’, and those highlighting geographical features, such as Coombe Valley Way.

Other readers employed a quirky approach in combining the names of the two towns linked by the road, to come up with names such as Bextings Road and Habex Way.

People are encouraged to draw inspiration from displays at Bexhill Museum, which cover topics ranging from Bexhill’s motor racing heritage to archaeological finds uncovered at the Link Road site.

Cllr Paul Osborne, district council cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “We’re really pleased with the response we’ve received so far and would encourage anyone with an idea to get in touch.

“This is a chance for people to make their mark on history by coming up with a name for one of the most significant projects to have been delivered in this area, and a road which people will be driving along for generations to come.

“We’re really keen that the name should reflect the heritage of Bexhill and Hastings and a visit to Bexhill Museum is an ideal way to get the creative juices flowing.”

People who would like to visit Bexhill museum can receive two-for-one entry by cutting out the voucher below and handing it in at the museum.

Readers are asked to fill in and return the coupon below including their preferred name for the new road.