zabalex - 4:10 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
If you have still the page live on your server you can use meta refresh tag, but please note it do not mention anywhere that it is permanent or temporary. If the page has been removed you have no choice other than a 301 redirect as there is no page to use meta refresh. IMHO if a meta refresh is used for a long time it should be considered as 301, but who knows what search engine bots think about this. There is no any official statement from the SEs about meta refresh tag and how they think about it.