Delight as traveller plans thrown out

By Chris Willmott 17/02 Updated: 17/02 11:22

CAMPAIGNERS fighting proposals to site permanent gypsy camps on Greenbelt land in Hockley Heath and Balsall Common are celebrating following Solihull Council's decision to reject the plans.

Councillors at the latest Cabinet Meeting threw out proposals for sites in School Road, Hockley Heath and land between Waste Lane and Old Waste Lane in Balsall Common - to the delight of campaigners from three branches of the RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development) organisation who were in attendance.

RAID was formed by villagers in Meriden to fight an illegal gypsy camp on Greenbelt land in Eaves Green Lane and the two further groups - Hockley Heath RAID and Balsall Common and Berkswell RAID were created when proposals were put forward for sites in the villages as part of a council consultation process to find the required permanent sites it needs to meet Government instructions.

And while it was celebration time for the residents of Hockley Heath, Balsall Common and Berkswell, the camapigners from Meriden face yet another day in court to evict the travellers from their village - despite then already having been ordered off the land.

A High Court hearing is taking place in Birmingham on Wednesday to decide the fate of those travellers.

Proposals for a traveller site in Shadowbrook Lane, Catherine de Barnes were also booted out while decisions on two sites in Earlswood will take place at a future date.

A number of other sites proposed during the first stage of the consultation will now be given further consideration as the process moves forward.

These are sites in Damson Lane, Solihull and the Warren, Bickenhill Lane and the Haven in Catherine de Barnes.

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