Meriden Gypsy protesters 'will not appeal' against eviction

Meriden protest camp Raid has been told to remove its protest camp in Meriden which it has manned since April 2010

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Residents in Meriden who were ordered to remove their unauthorised protest camp have said they will not appeal against the council's decision.

Residents Against Inappropriate Development (Raid) set up their own camp in protest at an unauthorised Gypsy site set up in Meriden in 2010.

Raid used the shelter to monitor the Gypsies' activity but Solihull Borough Council said the camp must be removed.

Raid said the case would cost too much tax payers' money if it appealed.

Group spokesman David McGrath said it would comply with the request to dismantle its caravan and awning in Eaves Green Lane, but the residents would continue their campaign against the unauthorised Gypsy site.

Raid members have been taking it in turns to hold a 24-hour vigil at the camp since the Gypsies erected eight permanent caravan pitches in the village on 30 April.

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