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The battle for Barcombe bridge

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National Highways ‘ infilling of legacy railway structures continues to cause controversy despite the Government pausing all schemes in the summer.

At Barcombe in East Sussex, campaigners are fighting to prevent a 1,000-tonne concrete and aggregate embankment being installed, blocking an ecologically sensitive habitat and wildlife corridor. The bridge – which dates from 1882 – stands within a conservation area which is intended to protect the village’s historic assets.

Lewes District Council supports the community’s view that such an environmentally reckless act has no place in 2021; ministers have been lobbied by the local MP. But what will be final outcome be?