Work to construct the Bexhill to Hastings link road can now start after receiving final approval from Transport Secretary. The three and a half mile carriageway will be built between the A259 in Bexhill and the B2092 Queensway in Hastings.
Supporters say the controversial plans will improve accessibility between the two towns. Those opposed to the scheme say it will destroy vital open space.
Roads Campaigner Sian Berry said:"The decision to fund this damaging road is bad news for transport in Hastings and is an appalling use of public funds.
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