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Protesters reach gypsy milestone

MERIDEN residents this week marked the 300th day of their vigil over green belt land.

MERIDEN residents this week marked the 300th day of their vigil over green belt land.

On Thursday, the campaigners celebrated with tea and sausage rolls at the Eaves Green Lane camp.

Since April last year, they’ve been keeping a close eye over the adjacent field, where gypsies want to put a caravan site.

David McGrath, from the action-group Meriden RAID, admitted that it felt “like an eternity” since they’d started.

“It’s nearly a year since the gypsies turned up with bulldozers on the Bank Holiday,” he said.

“But we’re ready now for the public inquiry and have all our arguments and speakers in place.

“This is the final countdown for us and we’re confident that we’re going to win.”

Solihull Council had thrown out proposals last July, but the gypsies appealed to the Government

The public inquiry, expected to last seven to eight days, will start on March 22.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles will have the final say on whether the plans go ahead.

A decision might not arrive for another couple of months, so by the time RAID get a result, their 24-hour vigil will have lasted over a year.

 

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