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Villagers in battle to evict travellers

Solihull Editorial 11th Sep, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

ILLEGAL gypsy travellers have descended on the quiet village of Chadwick End, taking over land behind the Village Hall and play area.

The unwanted guests – with their caravans estimated to number 17 – arrived at the unauthorised site on Sunday night.

Rob Horsfield, Chair of Chadwick End Parish Council said the people of Chadwick End were working closely with the police and Solihull Council to go through all the correct procedures to move the travellers on as soon as possible and return Chadwick End to the lifestyle it enjoyed before their arrival.

“The police and Coucnil’s support has been fabulous,” he added.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman added: “I support efforts by the council and the local community to get the travellers removed from this unauthorised site in Chadwick End.

“The council has created more capacity for travellers on authorised sites so there is no need for this to happen.

“I want to assure residents that we are all doing everything we can to make sure the travellers are moved on.”

Gypsies occupying land illegally has become a major talking point for Solihull ever since travellers descended on land in Eaves Green Lane, Meriden in April 2010.

Three years later and after High Court rulings, thousands of pounds spent and a Public Inquiry, the travellers finally left the Meriden site in April 2013.

Villagers had kept a 24-hour vigil at the site for the duration of the dispute.

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