Residents mark 700 days of protest

Residents in Warwickshire who have been demonstrating against an illegal gypsy site will today mark 700 days of protest.

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Campaigners to press council over gypsies in Meriden

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Campaigners in Warwickshire opposed to a gypsy encampment will push the local council to take action tonight.

Around 50 local residents are expected to attend a meeting in the public gallery at Solihull Council.

They're worried the gypsies won't leave the site in Meriden at the end of March as agreed.

R.A.I.D campaigners (Residents Against Inappropriate Development), want the gypsies to leave the site as planned.

The 1000th day of Meriden gypsy site protests, full report

Village residents who set up camp to protest against an illegal gypsy settlement near their homes have clocked up 1000 days of campaigning.

The people of Meriden claim the gypsies want to develop the greenbelt land for housing.

The gypsies have been ordered to leave the site by the end of March, but have until today to appeal one last time to have their case re-heard.

Andy Bevan reports.

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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.

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