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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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1,000 days since protesters began gypsy site campaign

Gypsies moved onto the green belt in Meriden in April 2010

It is 1,000 days since protesters against a gypsy site in Warwickshire took up their fight.

Gypsies moved onto the green belt in Meriden in April 2010, prompting people living nearby to set up their own camp in protest. They have until the end of March to leave the site.

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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