I went on holiday for a week and came back to one on my friends in the street asking me to sign a petition against a ‘new gypsie site’.

Slightly bewildered and tired from driving, I set out to find more about this.

Last week, about 250 Wombourne residents packed into a public meeting in protest at the gipsy pitch plans. The plans have been revived after being thrown out by planning bosses in November last year.

Apparently, campaigners need to raise £6,000 of their own money to pay for a legal team and fight the planned development (two caravans, a communal centre and parking areas) on greenbelt land in Pool House Road, Wombourne. For as long as I can remember there has always been a battle over that area near the Pool House estate.

Lyndon Jones, chairman of the Wombourne Residents Action Group said: “We cannot give up now. We must carry on. What we are doing is right and we must continue to try to make sure our views are heard and our opinions are taken note of.”

The newly-elected South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson also gave his backing to the campaigners. He said: “If this site is waved through it is simply not fair on you. The law is there to protect greenbelt land but this development would ride rough shod over that protection. You have my complete and total support to fight this all the way.”

What are your thoughts?