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Subject: SchNEWS 514, Friday 30th September, 2005
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 17:30:15 +0100

urban tree camp opposes Southend road scheme


Southend based road campaigners Parklife are taking direct action once again (See SchNEWS 508). As part of their campaign to stop the controversial F5 (A127/A1159) road scheme, they have constructed and occupied an urban tree camp right in the heart of town. The protestors are strategically located on the route of the proposed road and railway bridge, and above the recently discovered Anglo-Saxon burial site containing the 'Prince of Prittlewell' - naturally nicknamed locally as the 'King of Bling' for the shiny things unearthed with him. They have named it 'Camp Bling' in his honour. Resident and campaigner Shaun Qureshi declared, 'The F5 white elephant is massively over budget, significantly behind schedule, and very much unloved by the people of our town. The Department of Transport must surely now recognise the level of public opposition, and should act accordingly by cancelling all funding for the road. This is our time to take action, and we hope that we inspire others to join us here.'

If the Department haven't twigged yet - they must be barking!

Contact Parklife at the site - 07929 595 761 or 07929 595 766

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