Protest camp against proposed Queensway Gateway Road

Protestors from the Combe Haven Defenders SUS-150727-101630001
Protestors from the Combe Haven Defenders SUS-150727-101630001

A campaign group is holding a pop-up camp in protest of renewed tree felling on the site of the proposed Queensway Gateway Road (QGR).

The Combe Haven Defenders will be camping out in the Hollington Valley from 5pm on Friday, September 18 to 2pm on Sunday, September 20.

They will also be planting trees and having a small party on Saturday at 3pm.

Planning permission for the £15m QGR was revoked after Gabriel Carlyle, from the group, challenged the decision at the High Court.

Hastings Borough Council accepted it had made an error of law in granting the permission, which should have been refused because the road would breach national and EU directives on air pollution.

But developers SeaChange Sussex have attempted to continue with tree felling operations, leading to concerns that permission would once again be granted, despite the failure to deal with the issue of air pollution.

Combe Haven Defenders spokesman Emily Johns said: “Hastings Council should have accepted after it was forced to revoke the planning permission that this road should have been scrapped long ago.

“Instead, they are keen to press ahead with a white elephant scheme which would not only cause air pollution and increase carbon emissions, but would totally destroy Hollington Valley local wildlife site.

“We are planting trees to start the process of ‘re-greening’ Hollington Valley, and will be strongly opposing any new application for planning permission.”

The QGR plans include three roundabouts on a route that could take traffic from the busy A21 to the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

SeaChange Sussex have been approached for comment.

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