Travellers have abandoned their bid to build a permanent camp in Worcestershire, ending two years of legal wrangling which has cost council taxpayers £26,000.
Less than two months before a second planning appeal was due to take place, the gipsies have accepted legal advice that their cause was not worth pursuing and withdrawn their objections.
The travellers moved on to the site at Eckington in May 2004 and installed permanent hardstanding for caravans and a drainage system without permission from Wychavon District Council.
The council served enforcement notices and a public inquiry and High Court action followed, resulting in the gipsies being told to leave the site by April 2005.
The travellers left and were preparing for a second appeal in January.
But now the council has been informed that it will not go ahead.