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Battle rages on over Combe Haven

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The final camping protesters against the South East's largest road project are due to be evicted on Monday. Nearby residents and environmental campaigners are trying to stop work on the Bexhill Link Road, saying the historic woodlands in the Combe Haven Valley should not be cut down.

But the council insists it's a vital lifeline for the area, relieving traffic problems on the South Coast and offering regeneration in one of the most deprived economies in the South East. The fight has been dubbed "the second Battle of Hastings".

Protesters fight 'second battle of Hastings' - special report

They're calling it the second Battle of Hastings and they're preparing for a long fight.

The stand off between protesters and bulldozers in the Combe Haven Valley has entered it's second week. A battle of wills between councillors who say a link road is vital to regenerate one of the region's most deprived economies - and environmentalists determined to save historic woodlands.

Over the weekend more activists arrived, with one camp being evicted this morning - but protesters are vowing to stay whatever the weather.

Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to protesters Simon "Sitting Bull" Medhurst and Andrea Needham, East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones (Cons) and Crowhurst resident Norman Beck.

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