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The North Bexhill Access Road: the mystery of the money

Here’s a question.  How much will SeaChange’s North Bexhill Access Road (NBAR) cost – if it’s built – and where would the money come from?

It would undoubtedly be public money – it always is – but how much of it is a bit of a mystery. Continue reading

SeaChange projects: opacity built in?

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SeaChange: opacity built in. Photo: Titus Tscharntke, Wikimedia commons

In the standard democratic process in the UK, a piece of legislation is circulated, has amendments written to it, is voted on in the House of Commons, and then voted on in the House of Lords.  The people in the Commons who vote have their vote recorded and are (in theory) democratically accountable to the people who have voted them in.  Continue reading

North Bexhill Access Road: planning permission without a business case?

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On the route of the North Bexhill Access Road: road would run right to left through picture

On 11 September 2015,  SeaChange submitted a planning application  for the North Bexhill Access Road.  There is no date yet for the application to be considered by Rother District Council’s planning committee, but according to government guidance, major planning applications should be determined within 13 weeks, although this can be extended to 26 weeks.  Rother District Council’s planning website states that the NBAR application will be decided by 1 January 2016. Continue reading

North Queensway Innovation Park: one occupier but still No Jobs Close

SeaChange Sussex has finally found an occupier for the North Queensway Innovation Park, nearly two and a half years after construction on the junction to the site began.   A local furniture company will be moving there from another site in Hastings, bringing with it its 45 employees.  It will occupy approximately quarter of the space available on the site. Continue reading

North Bexhill Access Road: don’t mention SeaChange

Not content with the empty business parks they already have,  the new one under construction at the Bexhill end of the Link Road, and the one they would love to build over the top of Hollington Valley (if they can get over their little local difficulty with planning permission), SeaChange is putting forward proposals for yet another road, providing access to yet another business park. Continue reading

SeaChange projects running late: when will the jobs arrive?

SeaChange  is running a little late.  At least three of its projects are significantly behind schedule – and presumably above cost.  It has already had to have loans  from East Sussex County Council in order to complete the Bexhill Gateway road and ‘Innovation Mall’.   When can we expect these projects to be finally finished, and to start creating the thousands of jobs SeaChange claims for them?

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Queensway Gateway: Hollington Valley local wildlife site sacrificed for next business park

SeaChange’s latest project is the Queensway Gateway road.  This road will run from Queensway to the A21, right through the middle of the Hollington Valley Local Wildlife Site,  described in its designation report as ‘invaluable and irreplaceable’ and ‘one of the best wildlife habitats in Hastings’.

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Enviro 21: 500 jobs promised, 24 jobs created

The ‘Enviro 21′ business park on Queensway was funded with £9.3m of public money on the basis that it would create 500 jobs.  How many have actually been created?  According to our research, 24. In other words, less than 5% of what was promised.
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North Queensway Innovation Park: 865 jobs or none?

North Queensway Innovation Park: ‘the first word in bespoke manufacturing premises and a truly world class facility’? Or another empty SeaChange site a stone’s throw from the half empty ‘exciting new commercial concept’ of Enviro 21?

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