Fly-tippers are targetting the new Link Road

4/12/14- Update pics of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR)- bridge construction near Upper wilting Farm. SUS-140412-130008001
4/12/14- Update pics of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR)- bridge construction near Upper wilting Farm. SUS-140412-130008001

Fly-tippers are already dumping rubbish along the site of the controversial Bexhill to Hastings Link Road - despite the fact contractors haven’t finished building it.

East Sussex County Council has said the fly-tippers face prosecution following a number of recent incidents where material was dumped along the route of the new road.

The council is warning that fly tipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act and carries a two-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine.

Bob Pape, the county council’s Link Road project manager, said: “Some people seem to think it is acceptable to throw their unwanted items onto the site but this is not the case.

“Fly tipping adds to the cost of the Link Road project as our contractors are the ones who end up having to clear up their mess.”

The council will pass on any reports of fly tipping to Rother District Council, the authority responsible for dealing with fly tipping.

Fly tipping can be reported online at http://eastsussex.fixmystreet.com or by calling Rother District Council on 01424 787000.

The Bexhill to Hastings Link Road will not be opening in May next year as originally planned

East Sussex County Council has blamed a wet winter and sodden late summer, and the £113m road will now not open until later in 2015.

But the county council has refused to set a new date.

Extensive archaeology work carried out on the site also added to the delay.

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