Meriden residents fighting a gypsy site on their doorstep have pledged to continue campaigning, despite being told to pack up their own protest camp by council officials.
Solihull Borough Council has issued an enforcement notice ordering the camp of Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) to be pulled down.
It was set up 675 days ago, with locals maintaining a 24-hour-vigil after gypsies illegally moved onto a greenbelt site opposite, in Eaves Green Lane.
The residents said they would pack up, but promised to keep their protest going despite the council order.
Meriden great grandmother-of-one June Ready, aged 66, said: “We have to obey the law, so we acknowledge the enforcement notice.
“But we’re not prepared to give up until the gypsy camp goes. We’ve got to do it inside the law, but we’ll still be around, opposed to the other camp – we live here, so can’t go away.”
The fate of the gypsy site is due to be decided by the High Court at the end of the month.
The travellers, led by Noah Burton, will be challenging a decision by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles to oust them.
Meanwhile, the Raid camp, which was rejected by Solihull planners and also the Planning Inspector on appeal, has got to be taken down by the end of April.
"We don’t intend to appeal against it, so come April 29 the camp won’t be here," said Meriden grandfather-of-four Jerry Coffey, aged 64.
"Although with the High Court hearing on March 22, whether or not our camp stays may be academic by then anyway.”
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.”