Anger over Bexhill home damage by link road builders

Philip Millen, Holliers Hill, Bexhill. SUS-151216-162216001
Philip Millen, Holliers Hill, Bexhill. SUS-151216-162216001

One resident will be celebrating the opening of the link road more than most after enduring years of living next to a building site.

Philip Millen’s home on Hollier’s Hill backs onto the Bexhill-Hastings link road and the central hub was the other side of his fence.

He is now embroiled in a legal battle with East Sussex County Council and developers Hochtief Taylor Woodrow over a number of issues he says were caused by the builders.

“I’ve got no problem with the link road but they don’t prepare you for when they put the operational centre next to your house,” he said.

Mr Millen claims the developers have illegally felled his trees, not used proper dust control and worked inappropriate hours. He also said they wrongly pulled out tree roots which caused the bank to destabilise and created a hole in his garden, which they filled with concrete. The county council rehomed Mr Millen for a year in Guestling after his house became unstable.

“It was no holiday as you just want to be in your own home,” he said.

“Three years on they’ve got their road but I haven’t got my nice house back. I just want them to wake up and put my house back to the way it was before they came along.”

A county council spokesman said: “We do acknowledge that with any scheme on this scale there will be some disruption for people living near the site.

“We feel our contractor has done everything possible to try and minimise the impact on Mr Millen and the county council paid for him to temporarily move out of his home for 12 months while the busiest period of work was being carried out next to his property.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and we are happy to discuss any remaining issues Mr Millen has arising from the work.

“The link road will have huge benefits for Bexhill, Hastings and the wider area, including reducing congestion and allowing new jobs and new homes to be created.”

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