Queensway Gateway project making ‘rapid progress’

Queensway Gateway road site. SUS-150623-132658001
Queensway Gateway road site. SUS-150623-132658001

The £15m Queensway Gateway road project is making ‘rapid progress’ according to East Sussex County Council.

Several county councillors raised questions over the current status of the scheme, which was granted planning permission by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) earlier this year, but then withdrawn after a legal challenge.

Protest over the felling of trees to make way for the Queensway Gateway Road, Hastings in March. 11/3/15 SUS-151103-124601001

Protest over the felling of trees to make way for the Queensway Gateway Road, Hastings in March. 11/3/15 SUS-151103-124601001

Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday Rupert Simmons (Con, Heathfield), ESCC’s cabinet member for the local economy, said the project was making ‘rapid progress’ as the site had been cleared and they did not see any problems with securing planning permission.

Approval for the scheme, which includes three new roundabouts, was granted by the borough council to Sea Change Sussex in February. The new layout would connect Queensway with Sedlescombe Road North (A21).

According to Sea Change Sussex’s website the project will ‘provide access to business development sites, so boosting local job creation, and improve local traffic flows’.

Almost 500 people wrote to the council objecting to the scheme and St Leonards resident Gabriel Carlyle, from the Combe Haven Defenders group, launched a High Court legal challenge after HBC granted permission.

He argued that the scheme would lead to a breach of national and EU laws on air pollution.

The borough council apologised that the report which went to its planning committee did not draw councillors attention to the policy regarding air quality, and agreed to reconsider the planning application at a future meeting.

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