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Make sure you have your say on second Swansea gypsy traveller site

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 12, 2013

By Helen Keates

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SWANSEA residents still have more than two months to have their say on a short-list of gypsy traveller sites.

A consultation on the local of the second permanent site closes at the end of March.

Swansea has only one legal site which is full so the council is looking at providing further accommodation.

A three-month consultation got under way at the end of last year seeking the views of residents on the work that has been carried out so far in the search for the most appropriate location for the site.

On the short list are: the former greyhound stadium (Cockett); the rear of Parc Melyn Mynach (Gorseinon); proposed cemetery (Gorseinon); Swansea Vale (Llansamlet); and Milford Way (Penderry).

Under current housing legislation in Wales, gypsies and travellers should be included in housing assessments completed by local councils.

David Phillips, leader of Swansea Council, said: "It's important that we give everyone the opportunity to have their say on the process we are using to find a new site.

"No decisions have been made about any site and none will be until after the public consultation has been completed.

"Residents have until the end of March to tell us their views on what has been looked at so far."

Residents previously complained that it was too difficult for certain members of the community to access the documents. Swansea Council has since sent out more hard copies for those who are not computer literate to read.

The council has developed a range of ways for everyone to get involved:

A dedicated website is available at www.swansea.gov.uk/sgts and residents can register their views on the website.

Hard copies of all the web information are also available at local libraries for viewing along with hard copy comment forms.

Visitors to the civic centre can also view an exhibition which will be on display from January 21 to 25, February 25 to March 1 and from March 18 to 28.

The council is also mailing consultation forms out to residents who may have difficulties getting to a library or to the Civic Centre. Forms can be posted on request by calling 01792 635600.

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 14 2013, 10:21AM

    lancelot69, Why is cockett fair,The site is at the bottom of an industrial estate, who in their right mind would start up a business in an estate that had a big gypsy site as their neigbours? I can only assume that you dont live anywhere near cockett

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 14 2013, 10:02AM

    hobbles, Are you sure it was'nt the fairies

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  • hobbles  |  January 13 2013, 5:44PM

    What a load of Bull//// . We all know where it is going. Gorsienon. The gypsies told me

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  • lancelot69  |  January 12 2013, 10:57PM

    Cockett location seems fair. Out of the whole of Swansea it is not fair to burden llansamlet with yet more problems and stupid that it has ended up on the short list

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  • JohnSW4  |  January 12 2013, 11:21AM

    After attending the meeting organised by LN2TS and listening to the Labour Councillors even a ex Labour MP from England tell us about the travelers history living at Llansamlet! First arriving to work on the farms and then helping in clearing up the Industrial waste scrap metal etc! If what they say is the truth then those Travelers are by their history Llansamlet residents and should be made at home at Llansamlet ! The whole process is obviously flawed simply by the selection of the site at Penderry situated between two of the largest council estates shows no commonsense was applied in the selection! Besides the truth is that even the Holly administration had made their mind to put it in Swansea East! The charade of mistakenly giving the two family's verbal permission at the park and ride Llansamlet was a sly attempt to by pass all that is now happening !!The second site wont solve anything Travelers are a law unto themselves and will continue to park where ever they decide to park!

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