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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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.

Meriden gypsies make new appeal to stay in Meriden

A group of gypsies have submitted an application to Solihull Borough Council for a temporary site at a nearby builders' yard on Eaves Green Lane.

The group illegally built a caravan site on greenbelt land in Warwickshire, back in 2010.

After losing a High Court appeal to stay in April, they have been given 12 months to quit the site.

"We can confirm that we have received a planning application in relation to the yard.

The injunction that is in place for this site does not prevent a planning application from being made and we will need to process it in the normal way.

However, the application does not affect the injunction which still requires the existing site to be vacated by March next year and prohibits the occupation of the yard.

We will continue to monitor the site to ensure that the injunction is being complied with."

– Solihull Borough Council

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Gypsies lodge fresh appeal

by Victoria Davies
Gypsies have set up an illegal camp on greenbelt land
Gypsies have set up an illegal camp on greenbelt land in Meriden Credit: ITV Central

A group of Gypsies living on an illegal site have lodged an appeal against a High Court Judgment, which ordered them to leave the land in Meriden.

The group lost their High Court battle last month but Solihull Council agreed the Gypsies could stay for another year.

Now the Gypsies are appealing the decision, mainly on Human Rights grounds.

Protester refuse to leave their camp
Protesters refuse to leave their camp Credit: ITV Central

The land has been used as a temporary gypsy site for the past two years.

Since then a group of residents have kept a 24 hour vigil outside, to prevent any unlawful building on the greenbelt land.

But the villagers have been told that their protest camp is also illegal and must come down.

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