Dozens object to gateway plans

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Dozens of residents have complained about new plans for a new multi-million gateway road into Hastings.

Almost 70 people have objected to the ambitious scheme submitted by Sea Change Sussex to build a linkroad between the A21 Sedlescombe Road North and Queensway.

The Queensway Gateway plans were submitted earlier this month and could support up to 1,370 jobs on three separate industrial sites.

But the campaign group, Combe Haven Defenders, believes the scheme would destroy an “irreplaceable’ wildlife habitat.

A statement issued by the group stated: “The road would run across the Hollington Valley Site of Nature Conservation Importance, between Queensway and Sedlescombe Road North. The site is described in its designation report as ‘an invaluable and irreplaceable habitat of excellent quality and an asset for the people of Hastings to enjoy’. The report notes especially the richness of the meadowland, stating that, ‘The meadow represents one of the few remaining and certainly one of the best examples of this habitat type, with associated habitat complexes, left in the borough.

Combe Haven Defenders spokesperson Gabriel Carlyle stated “This new road will not relieve traffic congestion.

“What it will do, however, is destroy a site which is described in its designation report as one of the best wildlife habitats within the borough. I urge the council to throw out the application and to take steps to preserve Hollington Valley for future generations.” The plans are expected to go before the planning committee by the end of January.”