TRAVELLERS at an illegal camp in Meriden have had their latest plea to stay thrown out by the Court of Appeal.
The gypsies had agreed with Solihull Council to leave the Eaves Green Lane site by the end of March next year after losing an earlier appeal against Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to deny them retrospective planning permission.
Despite the agreement, the group, headed by Noah Burton, took their case to the Court of Appeal
But it’s understood that they had their appeal application returned, advising them that it was too late to be heard.
David McGrath, chairman of Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID), claimed the travellers had been hoping to wait until the protest group were gone to appeal again.
“The gypsies presumably submitted their legal aid-funded appeal late to string out the process and undermine their agreement with the council, but it seems to have backfired,” he said.
But this is not the end of the road for the gypsies, Mr McGrath warned, as they have the option to submit a further application to have the case heard “out of time”.
“It just got a whole lot harder for the gypsies to make any headway on this case,” he said.
“They now have extra obstacles to climb over just to get a hearing in the Court of Appeal. They are however funded by legal aid from the good old taxpayer so I’m sure they will try again.”
Mr Burton was unavailable for comment.