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Officers opposed to shortlisted travellers' site

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

By RICHARD YOULE

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A DECISION by Swansea Council to shortlist a field in Llansamlet for a second travellers' site was opposed by some of its own officers, a report leaked to the Post has revealed.

The site in question is off junction 44 of the M4, on a field bordered by Peniel Green Road, Gwernllwynchwyth Road and the Swansea Vale "spine road".

In the council report from April this year, under a section headed Economic Development, officers said: "The site slopes steeply to the north, is highly visible to the main entrance to Swansea Vale, is dissected by high voltage cables and has no service connections.

"Its development for high quality permanent commercial land use is part of an ongoing strategy for the future regeneration of the Swansea Vale area. Its use for a permanent travellers site should be resisted."

It was one of five sites short-listed earlier this year by a council task and finish group, comprising officers and councillors. Various criteria were used in this process.

The other four sites were at the old greyhound stadium, Cockett; the rear of Parc Melyn Mynach and the proposed cemetery, both in Gorseinon; and Milford Way in Penderry.

The shortlist emerged from a list of 19 potential second travellers' sites in Swansea.

Nine of the 19 sites had objections under the Economic Development heading, including two of the five eventually shortlisted: the greyhound stadium and the aforementioned Llansamlet site. Llansamlet is meanwhile home to Swansea's authorised travellers' site at Pantyblwyd Road, which is full.

Councils must provide adequate accommodation for travellers and a report has said a second site is needed.

No final decisions have been made about where the second site is to be located, and the process by which the shortlist was arrived at is the subject of two independent reviews.

A council spokesman said the task and finish group had considered 1,006 sites "against set criteria".

He added: "Any sites taken forward for consideration need to meet these criteria. We will be launching a full public consultation which will give the public every opportunity to comment on the proposals."

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  • Gwyddno  |  November 19 2012, 11:34AM

    bregaboy Purchase a plot of land in the Mumbles and submit a proposal to the Council.

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  • bregaboy  |  November 19 2012, 10:57AM

    Would it not be unfair to locate the new gypsy site down towards swansea west (the mumbles area), a nice seaview for the travellers,handy in the summer for the beach,and would be a nice attraction for the nimby's, as swnsea east already has it' s attraction. Come on you lot in the council have a bit of backbone and give the travellers a seaview, and not a view of the motorway.

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  • moogman  |  November 19 2012, 8:52AM

    I really don't see how the Llansamlet site can possibly go ahead. What is the point of consulting on a location which even the council's own officials say is a mistake?

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  • Hadoken83838  |  November 18 2012, 3:26PM

    The council would not dare put it there, it would wipe millions alone off the value of the houses backing onto it alone and guarantee financial ruin to many. What a kick in the guts for the people of peniel green who have worked hard to elevate themselves into nice houses only for many of them to be threatened with financial ruin, many of whom are in their retirement years. Why are there no gypsy camps west of the Swansea Council offices, gee could it be that so many of their leaders live in that neck of the woods. I dont think even swansea council would be this stupid, what I really think is this is in fact a smoke screen to use the parc and ride as a permanent site. I have seen loads of prep work going on there.

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  • CityLover  |  November 18 2012, 2:33PM

    I live within a mile of this proposed site, and I can see our council tax going up in the future but our house prices going down if this site go's ahead. Meeting in Manor Park Monday night @ 7

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  • ScottsPit  |  November 18 2012, 10:50AM

    Totally agree with Rivergirls comments. Swansea Vale had played its part we have one permanent site already. The suggested site is within a 1.5 mile radius of three major housing estates two of which are less than ten years old and the individuals here need to make their feelings known about this. Sign the petition, attend the meetings and make your voices heard before its too late. Please sign the petition to oppose the travellers site and share this link with all the people you know that will be affected. http://tinyurl.com/bepwldp

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  • hafodsam  |  November 17 2012, 11:38AM

    How can Swansea Council press ahead with sites when their own economic development officials oppose them? This is beginning to sound like the kind of stitch-up that I would have expected from Holley's mob.

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  • rivergirl  |  November 17 2012, 11:24AM

    I am not surprised that council officers who want to see Swansea economy prosper put their opposition to this proposed site in writing. Peniel Green Road is two miles away from the existing site at Pant-y-Blawdd Road. Where is the sense in that?

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