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Euro court protect to stop gypsy camp

RESIDENTS campaigning against a gypsy encampment on green belt land in Meriden are taking their protest to the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg next week.

RESIDENTS campaigning against a gypsy encampment on green belt land in Meriden are taking their protest to the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg next week.

Protestors from RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development) are set to undertake a five day coach journey where group spokesman David McGrath will present a letter of protest and demands signed by the campaigners and West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire to Euro officials.

The group have already manned a 24-hour protest vigil at the site in Eaves Green Lane Meriden since April and say they will stay there until the campaign is won.

Ms Sinclaire said: “It is worrying that the focus of public policy and much European legislation is about protecting the rights of the gypsies and giving tactic approval to development in green belt land in ‘very special circumstances’.

“But there seems to be no balance regarding the rights of the long-term local residents affected by the development.

“It is obvious to everyone that in this instance the settled community of Meriden has had its right to a private and family life fundamentally breached by this unethical attempt at development.”

David McGrath added: “This is a big thing for us - we have worked very hard to organise this and we feel passionate that every decision-maker in the country will hear about how places like Meriden have been the victims of bulldozers and barristers - aided and abetted by a crazy planning system that gives special rights to some and not others.”

 

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