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.
A second protest group has been set up to fight plans to build a new Bexhill to Hastings link road.
The new Bexhill Link Road Resistance group will complement the work of the Combe Haven Defenders.
Both parties have pledged to take part in peaceful resistance to George Osborne's plans to build a new £100 million pound link road.
Earlier this month the High Court turned down an appeal against the building of the relief road.
The High Court has refused an application for permission for a judicial review into a planned new Bexhill to Hastings link road.
Building work is now due to begin in January
Campaigners fighting against plans for a Hastings to Bexhill link road will take their case to the High Court in London later today. They are hoping to reverse a decision not to grant them the right to appeal against the one hundred million pound scheme.
While traders say building the new road is vital to improve business links between the two towns od Bexhill and Hastings, environmentalists disagree.