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A GROUP of protesters who set up a camp to monitor the activities of gypsies on greenbelt land in Meriden were due to learn this week if they will be evicted.

Villagers, who mark two years of their 24/7 vigil on April 29, say they will stay in Eaves Green Lane, after the travellers were given a year before they have to leave the adjacent lane.

Villagers, who mark two years of their 24/7 vigil on April 29, say they will stay in Eaves Green Lane, after the travellers were given a year before they have to leave the adjacent lane.

RAID chairman David McGrath said: “We will not allow Solihull Council to treat Meriden residents as second class citizens.

“They cannot allow travellers to stay another year – at an illegal site causing daily harm to the greenbelt – and yet require protesters to leave their site by the end of this month.

“You cannot have double standards in planning, you cannot have one law for gypsies and another for the settled community.

“We will continue to hold both the travellers and the council to account for their actions.”

Solihull’s planning committee were due to decide on Wednesday (April 25) whether to allow villagers a year’s extension to stay at the site to monitor the travellers’ camp.

 

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