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More than 3,500 people sign petition against second travellers' site in Llansamlet

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

Hilary Jenkins (centre) campaign chair of the LA2TS group with fellow protesters, with their 3,500 signed petition campaigning against a second traveller site in Llansamlet

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MORE than 3,500 people have signed a petition against a proposed second travellers' site in Llansamlet.

Members of the Llansamlet Against a Second Traveller Site campaign have also invited Swansea Council chief executive Jack Straw to answer questions on the issue during a public meeting to be held next week.

The meeting has been organised to publicise support for the campaign and discuss the next steps in the fight against a potential second site Llansamlet.

"We now have more than 3,500 signatures from Llansamlet registered electors," said campaign chair Hilary Jenkins.

"This is more people than actually turned out to vote in the last election."

"This may not be part of the official council consultation process, but it is the true voice of democracy," said Mike Parkhouse, a Swansea East businessman and campaign committee member.

He added: "This campaign deserves far more respect and response from an administration that claims to be democratic, open and transparent."

The next public meeting will be at the Manor Park Country House in Clydach on Wednesday, February 27, at 7pm.

A spokesman for the campaign said: "Many Llansamlet people are confused about the council's consultation process.

"We are not surprised, but we do strongly urge everyone to participate.

"We are now delivering the official forms to every house in the ward which is something that the council should have done themselves.

"We can help people fill it in if people get in touch, we can also deliver it back to the council should they wish us to do so."

Mrs Jenkins added: "Our very carefully managed petition is a quite unprecedented demonstration of local feeling.

"It is completely inappropriate to be considering the short-listed site off Peniel Green Road or any other site in the Llansamlet ward."

A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "A three-month consultation is under way in Swansea and we have invited everyone to comment on the current proposals.

"It is important that the consultation process is completed before council officers provide any further views on the matter."

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 11:23PM

    GSVale I see anti middle east, don't surprise me. I can spot your type a mile off, and the nasty smell that goes with it.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 8:38PM

    GSVale i can see that you also realize the need for more sites, perhaps you could start up an internet campaign.

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  • GSVale  |  February 22 2013, 8:02PM

    I can assure you the so called Travellers have gone from the park and ride site, they moved yesterday onto to the illegal council built site on Millbrook Drive. The park and Ride is now full of construction materials and machinery working on the flood defence scheme. If you pop around to the Millbrook road site you will see they have already started piling the scrap up and using the surrounding bushes as a toilet. Just what you need opposite a newly built nursery and office buildings. What company in their right mind is going to want to move into one of those buildings now? The Landlords are obviously worried as the fencing around the new buildings has been strengthened and a security company now does regular patrols of the area.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 7:10PM

    lancelot69 yes and that's why travelers need proper sites, i'm sure you'll agree

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  • lancelot69  |  February 22 2013, 6:24PM

    GSVale ; the gypsies have been back in the park and ride for quite a number of weeks now, you should see the mess already.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 5:57PM

    skewenboy the only thing i will explain to you is that there is a legal obligation to provide places for these people to live. You obviously need a lot of explanation as you thought they were illegal immigrants, how ill informed can one person be

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  • skewenboy  |  February 22 2013, 5:44PM

    Neathboy234 .I still believe you're one of them because you always stand up for them. And don't talk to me about racism!!!!! I'll say no more on that subject!!!!! However, since you like them so much, please can you explain why the rest of of us law-abiding, tax-paying people have to put up with these tax-avoiding, spongeing b*stards, who find it acceptable to LITERALLY cr*p all over what used to be nice walks, should be accepted

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 4:41PM

    skewenboy BTW travelers are not illegal immigrants, most of them were born here in the UK, and the ones that were born in the Irish republic are also entitled to be here as indeed is anyone from within the EU. Now we'll have a little bit less of your racism good boy!

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 22 2013, 4:38PM

    skewenboy just because someone like myself doesn't have the same opinion as others doesn't make he or she a troll. Are you aware that the WG are in favor of more traveler sites here in Wales, do you think they are trolls trying to wind everyone up, of course not. What a silly person you are

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  • skewenboy  |  February 22 2013, 4:19PM

    Well, 'Neathboy234' I still say you're a troll, and I know I'm not alone in that opinion. "Everyone has got to live somewhere," Yes, but why do the Irish so-called 'travellers' dump themselves on us? They're not 'travellers' for a start. They're illegal immigrants. They cr*p everywhere for one thing. If you like them so much, (and I suspect you're one of them since you always support them) how about you accommodate them in Your Back Yard?

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