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Latest gypsy appeal thrown out by Lord Leveson

THE latest appeal by the Meriden gypsies to stay at the illegal Eaves Green Lane camp, has been thrown out.

THE latest appeal by the Meriden gypsies to stay at the illegal Eaves Green Lane camp, has been thrown out.

Having agreed with Solihull Council to leave the site by March 31, 2013, following another failed appeal at Birmingham High Court last year, the travellers had attempted to overturn the decision at the Court of Appeal.

But Lord Leveson, who previously presided over the high-profile inquiry into press standards, threw the case out last week after finding the relevant paperwork had not been submitted, despite seven months of extensions.

David McGrath, chair of Residents Against Inappropriate Development, RAID, welcomed the decision.

“To my way of thinking, there is no case to hear.

“Why seek an appeal against their own agreement? It’s simply a Dale Farm-style delaying tactic.

“It’s up to the council to pursue enforcement action when it comes to March 31.

“It can’t be allowed to go on for years and years.

“It makes a mockery of the planning and legal system.”

The gypsies had until yesterday (Thursday 24) to seek an oral hearing with Lord Leveson to try to overturn his dismissal.

Yesterday was also an important day for RAID members who marked the 1000th day of their 24 hour vigil on land adjacent to the camp.

 

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