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End of the road for Meriden protesters

Villagers, who have manned their camp 24/7 for over two years in protest, and to monitor the adjacent illegal traveller site, have until April 29 to remove their plastic awning and wood burner and leave or face action by baliffs and police.

MERIDEN protesters at Eaves Green Lane have been served with an eviction notice by Solihull Council.

Villagers, who have manned their camp 24/7 for over two years in protest, and to monitor the adjacent illegal traveller site, have until April 29 to remove their plastic awning and wood burner and leave or face action by baliffs and police.

But Meriden villagers remain defiant and have said they will never stop campaigning until enforcement action is taken against the gypsy site.

“It’s simple” said David McGrath, leader of Residents Against Inappropriate Development, RAID. “We go when they go.

“Meriden RAID and the council has won seven legal and planning decisions in a row against the illegal development but the only enforcement action being taken is against us - law abiding tax payers who are trying to protect the countryside.”

The action group will be able to stay at the site while the travellers’ latest appeal against Eric Pickles’ decision is heard at Birmingham High Court on March 22.

But there are fears that the gypsies will continue to lodge appeals following the High Court decision while the protestors are forced out.

Mr McGrath added: “When the council’s deadline passes, we will take down the shelter but we won’t go away and we won’t stop protesting.

“This is where we live and no-one, neither the council, police or baliffs, can stop us protesting against injustice.

“We won’t break the law and neither will we indulge in the Dale Farm-style tactics of lodging countless court appeals at huge expense to the taxpayers.

“The developers should realise that the game is up and do the right thing.”

 

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