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Site for travellers is axed in new review

SOLIHULL Council is removing controversial Eaves Green Lane from the borough’s future traveller sites - but the unpopular proposal for land in Hockley Heath remains.

SOLIHULL Council is removing controversial Eaves Green Lane from the borough’s future traveller sites - but the unpopular proposal for land in Hockley Heath remains.

A report ahead of this week’s cabinet meeting advised a rejection of the Meriden site as it was “unsuitable” but said that land at both Damson Lane, Solihull and The Warren site, Bickenhill Lane would be shortlisted as preferred travellers sites.

David McGrath, spokesman of Residents Against Inappropriate Development, RAID, who are keeping a 24-hour vigil on the Meriden site until the traveller’s appeal hearing next month, welcomed the move but appealed for more unsuitable sites to be rejected.

“Whereas we welcome the rejection of the site in Eaves Green Lane as a potential gypsy site, we think the council has to go further.

Everyone who has looked at that site found it unsuitable, inappropriate and dangerous.

“We will be pressing the council to reject School Road in Hockley Heath because it’s very similar to Eaves Green Lane. It’s in the greenbelt, rural, has dangerous highway issues and poor access to local facilities.

“The council has to be brave, consistent and do the right thing.”

The Land at School Road, Hockley Heath, has already received over 120 objections while Hockley Heath RAID has been established to fight the proposal.

Other sites, all in the greenbelt, include land adjacent to the Pleck, Shadowbrook Lane, land off Salter Street, Earlswood, Canal View, off Salter Street, Earlswood and The Haven, Catherine-de-Barnes Lane while the owners of land at Waste Lane withdrew last week.

The report stated: “With regard to the other sites, officers have more significant concerns about their overall suitability and are unable to recommend they be taken forward as preferred sites at this stage.”

Councillors were due to discuss the sites at Thursday’s cabinet meeting to decide which would need further assessment into their suitability. These findings will then be presented to the council next month.

 

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