Tunnels plan to keep dormice safe from link road

A dormouse in its nest
A dormouse in its nest

TUNNELS to protect dormice from traffic have been drafted into the proposed scheme for the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road.

The decision to build the road was put on hold by the Department of Transport last month due to concerns over the environmental impact on the surrounding area.

A decision is expected to be made in March as to whether the scheme will get the green light.

But speaking in the House of Commons last week Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd raised the issue with Transport Secretary Justine Greening who will have a major say on the matter.

Ms Rudd said: “I know that the Minister is aware of the importance to economic growth of the Hastings to Bexhill link road, which she is now considering. Is she also aware of the enormous lengths that its promoters have gone to in order to mitigate environmental concerns including the proposed building of dedicated tunnels for dormice that might have to cross the road?”

Mrs Greening replied: “I was not aware of the proposals relating to dormice, although I very much welcome them. I have had many representations from people in that region about the importance of the scheme.

“We are considering them very carefully now, and I hope that we can announce our final decision on the scheme shortly.”