As one of the South East's biggest road projects continues, one of the first protesters who objected to the scheme has appeared in court charged with obstructing the highway and resisting arrest. John Ryall reports.
A Sussex man says he's found evidence which shows that a Saxon fort, or Burh, is sited along the route of the controversial Bexhill to Hastings link road.
Martin White came across the academic paperwork while he was researching a ruin which stands behind his house in Crowhurst. He's now asked English Heritage to investigate. Charlotte Wilkins has the story. She also speaks to local historian Nick Austin.
Work to construct the Bexhill to Hastings link road can now start after receiving final approval from Transport Secretary. The three and a half mile carriageway will be built between the A259 in Bexhill and the B2092 Queensway in Hastings.
Supporters say the controversial plans will improve accessibility between the two towns. Those opposed to the scheme say it will destroy vital open space.
Roads Campaigner Sian Berry said:"The decision to fund this damaging road is bad news for transport in Hastings and is an appalling use of public funds.
They tried to stop the bulldozers and chainsaws - but failed. So today protesters against the Bexhill Hastings Link road went to stop the scheme by lobbying the Transport Minister - Sussex's Norman Baker - direct. But, as Phil Hornby reports, the police had other ideas.
Taxpayers have been left with a bill of almost 690,000 for evicting activists and securing the site of a controversial road building project in East Sussex.
Campaigners against the Hastings to Bexhill link road set up camps, locked themselves in tunnels and stationed themselves up trees.
The protest, dubbed "the second Battle of Hastings", led to the arrest of 28 people, amid fears the £93 million road would lead to more pollution and damage the environment.
East Sussex County Council said the bill for removing the protesters and securing the site in the threatened Combe Haven Valley, near Crowhurst, had been "an unnecessary additional cost".
It said the bill is on top of the £4.5 million already built up from judicial delays into the road scheme, which aims to regenerate one of the poorest economies in the South East.
A county council spokesman said: "To secure the site and remove protesters from trees and tunnels has required highly-trained specialist staff.
"This is a significant sum but this was a significant protest. To remove safely people who have locked themselves in tunnels and to trees requires very specific skills and expertise.
"We will continue to work with security and the police, where appropriate, to ensure any preparatory works can continue to be carried out safely."
Grandmothers will gather in Combe Haven Valley in East Sussex this morning in the latest protest against moves to build a £94 million link road.
Councillors say the road between Bexhill and Hastings is vital to regenerate the local economy, leading to 2,000 new homes and hundreds of jobs.
However, protesters have been gathering at the site since Christmas, with three camps dismantled by bailiffs in as many weeks.
Organisers say the grandmothers will sail parts of the flooded site in kayaks.
Local grandmother Rosamond Palmer said: "Combe Haven floods, it is a flood plain and therefore a stupid place to build a road. As local senior residents we want to express our opposition. Fortunately being sensible older women, we brought our boats."
They've tried to stop the road by pointing out the damage it's doing to the countryside, now protesters against the Hastings to Bexhill link road are highlighting the damage it could be doing to history.
They claim the route will cause permanent damage to the site of the Battle of Hastings which they say is in the path of the new road.
Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from link road campaigner Michael Bernard and Gregory Barker, MP for Bexhill and Battle.
Campaigners against a 94 million pound relief road between Hastings and Bexhill are trying to take their fight to the High Court.
Local historians believe the proposed route could cut through the site of William the Conqueror's base camp of 1066 - a view disputed since it would place the Battle of Hastings at Combe Haven Valley and not Battle Abbey.
Campaigner Michael Bernard has been speaking to ITV News Meridian
Protesters demonstrating against the construction of the Hastings Bexhill link road have continued with their treetop demonstrations today. They have also burrowed down in tunnels to prevent trees being felled to make way for the £94m road project in East Sussex.
Bailiffs have begun evicting the third protest camp to be set up. They have removed four protesters so far today, with about a dozen still left in the trees. There has been one arrest, although most people are being removed peacefully
Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the RSPCA joined campaigners calls at the weekend to save woodland in the Coombe Haven Valley. Councillors insist, however, the 94 million pound road is vital for the local economy.
Adrian Hopkins of the Combe Haven Defenders protest group said: "Resistance has been growing to this awful scheme as each day passes and more people become inspired by the action so far taken to protect the beautiful Combe Haven valley.
"This is only the beginning of a sustained campaign of peaceful resistance to this environmentally disastrous white-elephant project."
While Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth said: “'This road shouldn't have been approved.
"It will lead to more pollution, damage the environment and do little to boost the local economy. Reviving discredited road schemes like this won’t solve our economic and transport problems, it will simply shift traffic elsewhere. Transport policy must change direction.
"We need cleaner cars and safe, efficient and affordable alternatives.'”
VIDEO: Bailiffs have moved in to evict protesters who are campaigning at Combe Haven against the building of a link road between Hastings and Bexhill. Andy Dickenson reports.