Anti-link road protest camp attracts nearly 100 people

NEARLY 100 objectors to the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road are already at a weekend protest camp at Combe Haven.

Saturday, 29th September 2012, 1:23 pm

Others, like this group of people at Bexhill Station (pictured), are on their way to the site in Crowhurst to voice their opposition to the scheme going ahead.

The location of the Combe Haven Defenders’ camp was kept secret until this morning. It is one and-a-half miles from Crowhurst Station and can be accessed via a footpath next to Crowhurst Cricket Pitch. For a full map visit

The demonstration event, which includes speeches, children’s entertainment and live music, will continue throughout tomorrow (Sunday).

Speaking at the site today, Derrick Coffee, from the Hastings Alliance, said: “It has been an impressive turnout so far and we can see more people coming over the hill to join us. There is a great atmosphere and everyone is glad to be here, especially with the sun out.”

Last week permission was granted for the county council to acquire the land to build the five-miles stretch of road which will cut through the Combe Valley.

An attempt by the Hastings Alliance to obtain a judicial review of the link road failed but the campaign group has lodged an appeal against the decision. It is due to be heard on Friday (October 5).