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Travellers’ site protest handed in

A TRACTOR rolled up outside Solhull Council on Tuesday, carrying letters objecting to plans to build a travellers site in Meriden.

A TRACTOR rolled up outside Solhull Council on Tuesday, carrying letters objecting to plans to build a travellers site in Meriden.

Villagers had packed more than 750 objections into potato sacks and delivered them to the town centre.

David McGrath, spokesman for Residents Against Inappropriate Development, said: “This delivery shows the weight of opposition against the planning application.

“We have just identified great crested newts in the nearby pond, which demonstrates the importance of this part of Meriden as a designated wildlife site.”

Last Friday, Solihull Council went to Birmingham County Court and received an injunction from a High Court Judge.

It was a bold move that paid off - the travellers are now forbidden from building on the site before the matter goes to planning chiefs.

It is a month since a group of travellers arrived in Meriden and began work in Eaves Green Lane.

An emergency stop notice was issued, but would have run out this weekend - which is why the council needed an injunction.

Since May Bank Holiday, members of Residents Against Inappropriate Developments (RAID) have operated a 24-hour vigil.

The group - which has over 500 members - has been buoyed by letters of support from around the world.

The application for a 14-pitch site is due to go before the planning committee later this year.

 

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