Exposing the folly of proposed link road

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WE were heartened by Nick Bingham’s excellent letter in last week’s issue of your paper.

After reading it few will be left in any doubt about the folly of the proposed Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

He has shown conclusively that the disadvantages of this ill-considered scheme greatly outweigh its imagined benefits.

It is for good reason that it has been dubbed ‘the road to ruin’. It goes without saying that it will ruin the environment, destroying the peace and beauty of a lovely stretch of countryside - a precious place for those seeking respite from the noise and bustle of the world.

What is not so obvious is that it also spells ruin for the region’s economy. It is estimated that building the road will cost East Sussex County Council more than £50 million, about one sixth of its total annual expenditure on services.

To find such a large sum of money there will have to be cutbacks, some of which have already been announced.

The council has recently stated that, in order to balance its budget it will have to save at least £56 million over the next three years, necessitating cuts in services for the elderly and disabled and for children. Are council taxpayers happy to see this road being built at the expense of the most vulnerable people in our society?

JEREMY and ROSEMARY GORING

West Hill Road

St Leonards