CHILDREN, the elderly and the disabled. Why does no one seem to be commenting on the county council’s recently announced £60 million cut in essential services?
ESCC has actually asked us to suggest how we might save this money in other ways. Well, how about cancelling the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR), for starters?
It’s supposed to cost us £40 million in council tax - and costs often overrun. If the road was really going to help one corner of East Sussex, that would be one thing.
But the county council’s estimates for job creation fly in the face of the Department for Transport’s (DfT), who say that only just over a quarter of council leader Peter Jones’s figure might be created. The road scheme looks all too like a huge gamble - with your scarce money and mine.
And Combe Haven, one of southern England’s most beautiful valleys, with a site of special scientific interest, would be ruined.
So why did the BHLR get approval, when the DfT rated it as ‘poor value for money’, and the worst of 45 planned road schemes for carbon emissions? Who really stands to gain? Still more DfT assessment of the road has been hidden from public view - not, presumably, because the department is positive about the scheme.
St Philip’s Place