Controversial spur road plans set for scrapheap

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a spur road through a residential Hastings suburb look set to be scrapped 17 years after being approved.

The county council is set to meet on Monday (Jan 30) to decide whether to formally end its Hastings Spur Road Phase Two.

The proposal was originally approved in February 1995 and stretched from Crowhurst Road through Wishing Tree roundabout and along Gillsmans Hill to Springfield Road.

A report prepared by Rupert Clubb, director of economy, transport and environment, states the original scheme was proposed when the former Bexhill and Hastings bypass schemes were being considered.

Although the schemes were cancelled the HSR2 was kept alive to cope with any traffic impact arising from the current plans for the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road.

The Department of Transport is expected to make a ruling on the link road in March.

During November and December letters were sent to around 1,000 homes and all registered landowners within a 200 metre radius of the scheme.

A total of 10 residents and two land owners supported the scrapping of the scheme.

The Wishing Tree Residents Association also welcomed the proposal fearing it would have created more traffic.

The Association also expects Shelagar, Ooty and Rose Cottage properties to be repaired and improved.

One resident, who is not named, replied: “I’m so glad this hare-brained scheme has finally bitten the dust and sanity has prevailed.

“Please, at planning could we have dynamic schemes which will look well into the future and will serve the town well in years to come?”

County councillor Phil Scott, who represents Wishing Tree ward, said: “While I welcome the rescinding of the Hastings Spur Road I think we all need to be mindful that the Government is on the verge of announcing whether the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road will be developed.

“If it is, then inevitably Queensway will have an increase in traffic volumes, and some of that traffic will find its way along the Gillsman’s Hill corridor.

“We would need to ensure there is a mechanism in place in the future to monitor traffic volumes from day one and ensure that Gillmans Hill is recognised as primarily a residential area and that current traffic management arrangements should remain in place and that traffic emanating from Queensway should not be encouraged to use a roads infrastructure that is wholly inadequate, certainly for larger type vehicles.

“It’s clear now that some of the properties along the corridor will be surplus to requirements and the county council will be looking I am sure to sell them on. For those who have long term tenants in place I am confident an agreeable solution to all parties will be found.”