Meriden gypsy site eviction

Campaigners in Meriden are dismantling their protest camp after the last gypsies living on green-belt land in Warwickshire left the site after being there for more than three years.

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Solihull Council to discuss gypsies relocation

Residents have protested against the site in Eaves Green Lane for almost three years Credit: ITV Central

Plans by gypsies in Meriden to move their illegal site to agricultural land next door will be discussed by Solihull Council today.

Residents have protested against the site in Eaves Green Lane for almost three years. The gypsies agreed to leave in March following planning refusals by a Birmingham High Court Judge

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Green belt protesters lobby parliament

Forty residents from Meriden in Warwickshire have arrived in Westmister for a meeting with Planning Minister Brandon Lewis. They are calling for councils to be granted greater powers to prevent occupation of greenbelt sites by travellers and developers.

They say the wheels of justice move too slowly in assessing the rights and wrongs of disputes adding to the distress of homeowners. They say the sanctity of precious areas of natural beauty is at risk unless action is taken.

Protesters against illegal gypsy site to lobby ministers

The greenbelt land in Solihull, Meriden Credit: ITV Central

Protesters against an illegal gypsy site in Meriden near Solihull are travelling to Parliament today to lobby ministers to give councils more powers to prevent travellers from developing sites on greenbelt land.

Residents want councils to have powers to remove caravans and restore the land until a planning application is finalised.

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