LETTER: Road project nobody wants

I am writing on behalf of the 3,268 signatories to the petition to save the western end of Seaford Bay and Tide Mills from inappropriate development.

Given the Government’s recent announcement that it is to shelve the proposed Operation Stack Lorry Park near Folkestone, having already spent something like £13m of public money on the project, I thought it worth revisiting the idea of East Sussex County Council reviewing the plans for the Newhaven Port Access Road Extension over the railway and creek and onto Tide Mills.

I have it on very good authority that the French owners of Newhaven Harbour are totally ambivalent to the idea of a road and bridge over the railway and creek and on to Tide Mills. Apparently they have no interest whatsoever in the idea of a new road into Newhaven Harbour.

The apparent attitude of the French owners regarding extending the Port Access Road must call into question the county council’s insistence on building this road and bridge.

Not a single developer has taken any interest in the already completed section of Newhaven Port Access Road so I again ask why the county council, given the current economic climate and cutbacks in many vital local services, would want to spend many millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a project that no one wants or needs.

I urge the council to follow the Government lead and review the need for this project at this time.

Geoff King

Marine Drive, Seaford