CAMPAIGNERS battling against the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) took their fight direct to Chancellor George Osborne’s back yard when they unfurled these two huge mini-road banners at his country retreat.
Around 20 campaigners made their way inside the grounds of Crag Hall in Wildboarclough, Cheshire, to unveil their 50-metre-long dual carriageway with the giant eight-feet- high Hollywood-style letters reading ‘No New Roads’.
Wearing high visibility jackets and hard-hats, the group managed to access the grounds and spent an hour at the hall before being challenged by local gamekeepers.
The mini-roads were made by protestors in Hastings using black agricultural sheeting which they painted.
Mr Osborne is believed to have moved to a two-storey building near the Grade Two listed country hall. He uses it at weekends when he is at his nearby constituency in Tatton. He was not believed to be at the property on Sunday. The campaigners made the 550-mile round trip north from Hastings with four grandmothers, an artist, a teacher and a physicist among them.
Karl Horton, a spokesman for the Combe Haven Defenders, one of the groups involved in the demonstration, said: “George Osborne is building a pointless and destructive road to nowhere on our doorstep and is planning to build scores more on other people’s.
“So we came to Crag Hall and built one on his.
“His obsession with building new roads is bad for jobs, bad for our countryside and bad for our warming climate. It can and will be met with sustained peaceful resistance.”
Fellow campaigner Gabriel Carlyle added: “The BHLR is the first and the worst of more than 200 new road-building projects that the Chancellor, big business and local councils are currently pushing throughout England and Wales.
“All the arguments for it are flawed.”
A rally against road building, backed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB, will be take place at Crowhurst Recreation Ground on Saturday, July 13.