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Cream tea marks 100 days of vigil in Meriden

ONE hundred days since the stand-off began and Meriden residents remain rooted to the spot in Eaves Green Lane.

ONE hundred days since the stand-off began and Meriden residents remain rooted to the spot in Eaves Green Lane.

Since April 30, when gypsies moved onto green-belt land, the villagers have maintained a round-the-clock vigil.

Their mission is simple - stop any further development of the land next to their homes.

And to mark their 100th day camped out on the leafy road, the campaigners sat down for that typically English treat - a cream tea.

David McGrath, chairman of Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID), was among those to mark the milestone.

“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the camp and amongst the community. We have faith that we will win,” he said.

“We will stay here until day 400 if necessary and wont stop campaigning until we win and the land is re-instated.”

Villagers are ready to fight the scheme at a public inquiry, after gypsies appealed against the council decision to throw out plans for a caravan site.

 

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