Road protestors picket County Hall

CAMPAIGNERS delivered a three-metre section of a tree felled to make way for the link road to a meeting of East Sussex County Council (ESCC).

On Tuesday morning (February 12), a group of protestors with branches and foliage, gathered at County Hall in Lewes.

Anti-link road protestors at County Hall on February 12

Anti-link road protestors at County Hall on February 12

They delivered the tree following a demonstration outside.

Gabriel Carlyle, a spokesman for the Combe Haven Defenders, one of the groups opposed to the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road, said: “Today, the trees of Combe Haven have come back to haunt East Sussex County Council, just as this environmentally disastrous £100 million road will come back to haunt the council unless it does an urgent rethink.”

Kathryn Langley, ESCC spokeswoman, said: “We recognise the protestors don’t like these plans, but they need to recognise this has followed the proper democratic process and has been subjected to legal challenge through the courts. This road is absolutely vital in terms of regenerating one of the most deprived parts of the south east, and it’s essential for that community, and the rest of East Sussex, that it’s delivered as soon as possible.”

Also on Tuesday, four protestors, including Natalie Hynde, daughter of Pretenders founder Chrissie Hynde and Kinks frontman Ray Davies, appeared before Hastings magistrates charged with aggravated trespass and obstructing an officer engaged to execute a High Court writ.

Hynde, 30, of Hastings, along with other local residents Patrick Nicholson,48, Rosa Canadas, 33, and Simon Medhurst,54, pleaded not guilty, and were given conditional bail pending a case management hearing on March 6, and ordered not to enter the area of the link road.