Link Road delayed after wet weather

Bridge construction near Upper Wilting Farm. SUS-140412-130008001

Bridge construction near Upper Wilting Farm. SUS-140412-130008001

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Record levels of rainfall last winter mean the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) will not be opening in May next year as planned, it has been confirmed.

Following a wash out winter, the £113 million road will now not open until later in 2015 - but East Sussex County Council has refused to set a new date.

Extensive archaeology work carried out on the site also added to the delay which was revealed at a Link Road information event in Sidley last week. And ESCC told the

The Combe Haven Defenders are calling for the council to be more transparent over the delay. The group has been a vocal opponent to the BHLR with members taking to the treetops during protests when the work commenced early last year.

Anthony Bradnum, of the Combe Haven Defenders, said: “For almost two years, East Sussex County Council has been telling us that the link road would open in May 2015. Now it appears that will not be the case, but ESCC has not seen fit to share that information publicly. An extended construction time is likely to lead to increased costs, and we feel that the county council should be open and upfront about the implications of this entirely predictable delay.

“They are already wasting £113 million of public money on this disastrous project and if the cost is to increase even further, we have a right to be told.”

But an ESCC spokesman said that the £113 million Link Road budget included a contingency fund to meet extra costs incurred by unforeseen issues, such as bad weather.

She told the