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Protesters to carry on fight

A TWENTY-four hour protest against an unauthorised gypsy camp has entered its second year.

A TWENTY-four hour protest against an unauthorised gypsy camp has entered its second year.

For Meriden residents, May Day marked 365 days since they started their round-the-clock protest.

Over the past 12 months, a huge group of volunteers have taken it in turns to man a camp in Eaves Green Lane.

Braving the elements, their aim is to prevent any further development of the land - owned by gypsies and occupied during the Bank Holiday.

David McGrath, chairman of Meriden Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID), insisted the fight would continue.

“We have been there through strong winds, gales and also throughout a good deal of opposition from the developers but none of that will deter us.”

On Monday, campaigners sat down to a cream tea to mark the anniversary and vowed to see things through “to the end”.

They are now waiting for a public inquiry into the development - started earlier this year and adjourned - to resume.

Beyond that, a result is expected towards the end of the summer and there’s also an ongoing campaign for the Government to review planning laws.

Noah Burton, who wants to build a caravan site on the land for his family, accused protesters of blatant racism.

He said: “It’s the usual story. Are gypsies welcome today?

“Not in my back yard. It’s racist. I feel abused really.”

l The second-half of the appeal will be heard in July.

 

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