Campaigners fighting plans for a gypsy camp on green belt land near Solihull are taking their case directly to lawmakers in Europe.
Thirty villagers from Meriden will board a coach next week and embark on a five-day trip to Strasbourg where they intend to lobby the European Parliament and the Court of Human Rights.
The protesters have been battling since Easter when gypsy families tried to occupy land at Eaves Green on the edge of Meriden.
A planning application to set up a permanent camp was rejected by Solihull Council, but the travellers are appealing.
Villagers have mounted a 24-hour vigil at the site since April.
David McGrath, chairman of Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID), said the campaigners hoped to unfurl banners outside the parliament buildings proclaiming ‘We have human rights too’ and ‘Protect the Meriden Gap.
He intends to present a letter protesting against the “dereliction of the green belt” signed by West Midlands Euro-MP Nikki Sinclaire.
Ms Sinclaire said she was worried that the focus of European legislation was tilted in favour of protecting the rights of gypsies and giving approval to development in the countryside.
She added: “There seems to be no balance regarding the rights of local residents affected by the development.
“It is obvious to everyone that in this instance the settled community of Meriden has had its right to a private and family life fundamentally breached by this unethical attempt at development.
“The planning system and laws put in place leave people feeling powerless and frustrated.”
Mr McGrath said: “We have worked very hard to organise this and we feel passionate that every decision-maker in the country will hear about how places like Meriden have been the victims of bulldozers and barristers, aided and abetted by a crazy planning system that gives special rights to some and not others.
“This is an attack on our rural way of life and we will fight to change things at every court in the land.”