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

SCORES TO SEARCH TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR SECRET LINK ROAD DOCUMENTS
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.”

NOTES
[1] http://www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] Department for Transport, Great Minster House  33 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 4DR
[3] https://operationdisclosure.wordpress.com/about/
[4] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/stop-the-zombie-roads-hastings-halloween-action-on-30-october/
[5] http://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/recent-media-coverage/
[6] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bexhill-hastings-link-road-full-approval-letter
[7] http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/local-authority-major-transport-schemes/bexhill-hastings-assessment.pdf

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