Scores of local residents to search Transport Department for secret Link Road documents

April 5, 2013 by operationdisclosure

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Combe Haven Defenders [1]
5 April 2013

Public must be allowed to see what Transport Department recommended before it was leant on by Treasury say campaigners

8am, Monday 8 April, Department for Transport (DfT) [2], London: Scores of anti-road campaigners will be heading to London next Monday for a peaceful two-day search of the Department for Transport (DfT) for its secret recommendations about the £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR).

The searchers will attempt to enter the Department to peacefully search for, copy and distribute the recommendations, which are being withheld from the public [3]. If prevented from entering they intend to form a  queue outside the DfT’s front door from 8am – 5pm on Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 April.

The BHLR is the ‘first and the worst’ of over 190 new road projects that the Government, big business & local councils are pushing throughout England and Wales [4]. The peaceful protests against the Road– which have been running since 14 December, with 28 arrests – have already received national attention [5].

On Wednesday – under strong pressure from the Treasury –  the DfT announced its final approval for the £57m in central goverment funding that the project requires [6].

Emily Johns, a spokesperson for Operation Disclosure, said: “It’s outrageous that  the public is not being allowed to see the Department for Transport’s recommendations about the use of public money to fund the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road – an environmentally-disastrous project that the DfT itself has warned is at “significant” risk of delivering “low” value for money [7]. Now more than ever we need to know what the DfT recommended about funding *before* it was leant on by the Treasury.”

[2] Department for Transport, Great Minster House  33 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 4DR

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