Hastings road submitted to Museum of Useless Objects

Combe Haven Defenders protesting earlier this year SUS-150727-101630001
Combe Haven Defenders protesting earlier this year SUS-150727-101630001

Environmental campaigners have submitted the £1.5m, access road to the North Queensway Innovation Park in Hastings to Nonseum – the Museum of Useless Objects.

The museum, near Vienna, Austria, is a repository for ‘inventions that we do not need’.

Exhibits include a teabag anchor, sleeping bags for bats and a portable zebra crossing.

The 51-metre road onto the site from Queensway was built in 2013 using a £1.5m grant from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

SELEP claimed the scheme could create 865 jobs.

SeaChange suggested it would create 700 jobs, a figure it later revised downwards to 300.

The Combe Haven Defenders group claims not a single job has been created.

Anthony Bradnum, spokesman for Combe Haven Defenders, said: “We submitted SeaChange’s £1.5m, 51m road to Nonseum because it is clearly a useless object that we do not need.

“SeaChange received large amounts of public money to build this road, and destroyed an important wildlife site, on the promise of jobs for the people of Hastings.

“Well over two years later, not a single job has been created and the access road is quite literally a road to nowhere.”

A SeaChange spokesman said: “This stunt seems badly timed because - as anyone who looks at the North Queensway Innovation Park can see - we’re undertaking work right now to create infrastructure and prepare two plots for occupiers’ developments.

“Watch this space for more details and planning applications to follow shortly.

“We think local people will be more interested to hear about jobs and business success in the area than a cheap stunt about an Austrian museum.”

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