Gypsy campaigners vow to fight on

By Chris Willmott 08/03 Updated: 13/03 09:14

Buy photos » RAID chairman David McGrath and fellow protesters have vowed to keep on campaigning despite their eviction. (s)

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the illegal gypsy site in Meriden have vowed to keep on campaigning - despite finally being told to pack up their own protest camp by council officials.

Meriden Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) set up their protest camp opposite the Eaves Green lane site almost 700 days ago and have been holding a 24-hour vigil ever since.

But they have now been ordered by Solihull Council to take down their own temporary shelter by the end of April - while conclusive action against the travellers is still in the balance.

The fate of the gypsy site is due to be decided by the High Court at the end of the month.

A spokesman for Solihull Council said: “An enforcement notice was issued on Friday, March 2, requiring the removal of a caravan and shelter from land at Eaves Green Lane.

“This follows the refusal of planning permission, and the subsequent dismissal of an appeal by the Planning Inspector.

“The enforcement notice comes into effect on March 29, and gives one month for compliance.”

RAID spokesman David McGrath said: "When the council's deadline passes we will take down the shelter but we won't go away and we won't stop protesting."

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