Lewes councillor slams link road budget ‘mismanagement’

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A Lewes councillor has called for the head of the county’s transport chief after it emerged this week that the cost of the controversial Bexhill-Hastings link road is £13 million short on its budget.

Rosalyn St Pierre accused the county’s lead councillor for transport and environment Carl Maynard of “mismanagement on a massive scale” over the scheme, which was the subject of an emergency council meeting on Wednesday.

Work already undertaken on the road proposal, whose route runs through three Sites of Special Scientific Interest, is believed to have cost the county council £38m, but a recent reassessment found it to be £13m.

Cllr St Pierre said: “It is a disgrace that children across the whole of East Sussex continue to be taught in Portakabins while the county council squanders its already tight finances on a road whose economic value is at best questionable.

“This is mismanagement on a massive scale, and Carl Maynard should take responsibility for it and resign. He has been lead member for transport in the period when the gap in the budget emerged, and it was not even put in the budget report for this financial year.”