CAMPAIGNERS who won their battle against Gypsies setting up a camp in their village have accused the Travellers of 'stringing out the legal process and tying everyone in knots using Dale Farm tactics' to prolong their stay at the site.
Even though the Secretary of State Eric Pickles told travellers they had to leave the Eaves Green Lane site in Meriden by October it will not be until March 22 next year that a judge will decide whether and when they should be ordered to move - nearly two years after the 'illegal invasion' first took place at the Greenbelt site.
Fearful that Eaves Green Lane could be the next Dale Farm, Meriden Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) arranged for a tonne of string to be delivered to the Council House before Tuesday's Full Council meeting (December 6) to highlight how the travellers have been 'stringing out' their unauthorised stay in Meriden.
Campaigner David McGrath said: 'They (the Gypsies) are using Dale Farm tactics to try to prolong their stay and get a long temporary permission by the back door.
"It took two days to wreck part of our Greenbelt site but it will take more than two years to sort out the battle.
"It is a disgraceful waste of taxpayers money."
Mr McGrath is hoping his appeal to the council will result in the March appeal being brought forward to get rid of the travellers as soon as possible.
"Our 24-hour-a-day campaign is now nearing its 600th day and we will not stop until the Travellers are gone and the Greenbelt land is back to how it should be," he added.