Can we trust the new figures?

Your readers may recall the controversy that arose around planning permission for the Queensway Gateway Road.

After it was granted, a diligent council tax payer noticed that the Sea Change application predicted certain emissions from the road would exceed EU limits.

He sought a judicial review and his case was upheld.

The council responded by withdrawing their consent and asking Sea Change to address the issue.

Well now they have and would you believe it, they have conveniently found a few minor errors in their calculation and if they also take into account that cars will be cleaner in the future then all will be well. Hmmm.

How does that sound to you? Let’s hope they are not relying on Volkswagen’s help to clean up their act. Should we be worried anyway? It’s only EU regulations and no one takes those seriously do they?

I don’t know but something is causing the increases in asthma and cancer isn’t it.

Nitrogen dioxide, the stuff that is in car exhausts and the same compound that exceeded the EU limit in Sea Change’s first forecast, is pretty toxic.

Have a read about it in Wikipedia if you want to frighten yourself.

It’s not all bad news though.

When all the units on the industrial estate adjoining the new road are full and bustling with activity then there will be more jobs and council tax revenue. Right?

Hang on though, if the calculations for emissions were in error, can we trust the promises on jobs? After all, Sea Change’s track record for coming up with new jobs remains unproven. Next time you’re passing down Queensway, see if you can spot the shortest road in the world.

It’s barely 50 yards long, cost a cool £1.5m and leads to nowhere. Well, nowhere except a barren wasteland with cut down trees and desolation.

So, what do you think? Fortunately we live in a democracy so you can have your say.

Over 500 people already have. Go to www.hastings.gov.uk/planning the reference is HS/FA/14/00832 or go to Hastings information Centre in Queens Square and be heard.

John Willans

Paynton Road

St Leonards

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