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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 561, Friday 22nd September, 2006
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 03:03:24 +0100

Southend camp celebrates first year of occupation

(protesting against the F5 road scheme which would cover the burial site of a Saxon King with tarmac)

Bling a Bottle

Best birthday wishes go out to Camp Bling in Southend, Essex, who are celebrating a full year of occupation this Saturday 23rd Sept (See SchNEWS 514). The camp will be holding an 'open house' from 2.00pm till late, to thank the public for their amazing support over the past 12 months.

The latest news of the 870 metre road-widening project is that estimated costs have spiralled to £25 million - excluding security and eviction - making it the most expensive stretch of road ever planned. Naturally, the estimate at the time of contract tendering was a more palatable £3.5 million - just a small margin of error then...

To date over 25,000 signatures and letters have been collected in opposition. Just sixteen local people were found in favour of the scheme during public consultation, and a recent newspaper poll shows the majority still against the road. The campaign continues to actually make that count...

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