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Park's future is safeguarded in Swansea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

Councillor David Cole talking through the plans at Parc Melin Mynach.

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A PARK is being safeguarded as a green conservation area for future generations to enjoy.

The move could now mean Parc Melin Mynach in Gorseinon would not be designated as a traveller site.

Experts have uncovered rare plants at the site, which need to be safeguarded.

Penyrheol Councillor David Cole revealed the discovery during a meeting of Gorseinon Town Council at The Institute in Lime Street.

Mr Cole said: "Parc Melin Mynach will be a site for conservation.

"There are plants and flowers in the park and there are a number of orchids there, which are very rare species.

"The site will become a site of interest and preservation."

The park was previously on the short-list of potential traveller sites but Swansea Council is having a complete rethink on where to base the second site in the county.

Councillor Malcolm Curtice said at a previous meeting of the town council it was an important step to take to offer protection to the park.

He said: "I think it's time we called for Parc Melin Mynach to be registered as a green area for the community or we will be caught out again.

"If we do that it can't be anything else, such as a travellers' site.

"Nothing has been done about it yet as we have to speak to a solicitor."

He added: "I am pushing to get this done as a village green status for people of this town."

Mr Cole suggested that a sub-committee was put in place to discuss a remit for Parc Melin Mynach at that meeting.

But he has since revealed that members of the group had not as yet met over the site.

"The Parc Melin Mynach sub group has not come to fruition," he added.

Town mayor Pam Morgan said the proposal to have a sub-committee was a good idea and she suggested there should be at least three or four members on it as part of the talks.

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