Artist’s claims over arrest at DfT offices

AN ARTIST claims she was detained on Tuesday (April 9) during an attempt to search the Department for Transport offices for evidence regarding its recommendations over funding for the £100 million Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR).

Emily Johns, of Gensing Road, St Leonards, said she was arrested for aggravated trespass after repeatedly trying to enter the building before being later charged and released on bail.

She was part of a group of protestors from the Combe Haven Defenders attempting to find DfT documents which campaigners say prove the Government department recommended against funding for the link road.

Last week, though, final funding for the link road was secured with the Government’s approval of £56.85 million for the controversial project.

Emily said: “Honesty and transparency should be at the heart of a democratic system and I feel deeply shocked that such important information is being kept secret from us. We are certain the DfT recommended the link road should not be funded, and we have a right to see this information before £100 million of public money is wasted on this appalling project.”