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Traveller alert over holidays

MERIDEN residents have warned that traveller families might try and use the Royal Wedding to catch councils off guard.

MERIDEN residents have warned that traveller families might try and use the Royal Wedding to catch councils off guard.

It was this Friday last year, before the May Day Bank Holiday, that gypsies poured on to land in Eaves Green Lane.

They tried to start work on a caravan site and had already dug up the field when Solihull Council issued a stop notice.

This weekend, local residents are marking 365 days since they began their vigil over the green belt site.

But they’re lobbying councils to keep on their toes over the next few days, to prevent the same situation happening elsewhere.

David McGrath, chairman of Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID), warned there could be a similar incidents this weekend.

And Solihull-based MEP Nikki Sinclaire said that councils should not let their guard down over the holiday period.

“Otherwise they end up facing a huge financial bill and seeing communities in distress for long periods of time,” she added.

 

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