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Meriden protestors appeal to stay rejected

MERIDEN villagers have pledged to continue their protest camp in Eaves Green Lane, despite being told to pack up and leave.

MERIDEN villagers have pledged to continue their protest camp in Eaves Green Lane, despite being told to pack up and leave.

Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) had appealed Solihull Council’s order to take down their temporary shelter by April 29, asking to stay until the gypsy camp was due to leave in March 2013.

But this was refused at last week’s planning committee and Solihull Council has now entered into talks with protesters to “explore options” for the site’s use.

However, RAID spokesman David McGrath has said the villagers would not be leaving until they had finished discussions with the council.

“The council have asked us to explore options regarding the future use of that site,” he added.

“Given that RAID members were preparing to take the camp down and start an open air protest, I thought it was prudent to advise them instead to wait until we have completed discussions. I didn’t want residents to be sitting out in the rain without shelter so until then it’s business as usual.

“The protest has always viewed the council as a key partner and wish to remain within the law and conduct a peaceful but tenacious protest.”

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “Planning committee resolved that the request, to extend the period for compliance with the Enforcement Notice, be refused.”

Talks will now take place with the action-group and councillors will decide if they need to take legal action.

 

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