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Residents living near five shortlisted travellers sites in Swansea say we don't want it here

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

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RESIDENTS living close to five potential sites for travellers have greeted the news unanimously saying: "We don't want it here."

Swansea Council has unveiled a long-awaited shortlist of sites it is considering to make a home for travellers, as it is obliged to by law.

The five sites have been identified after a process which began with 1,006 being considered, and is the same final five which were revealed in the Evening Post earlier this year.

The public are being asked for their views on the sites as part of a consultation exercise which lasts until the end of March, but already opposition has been expressed by people living in each area.

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The sites are the former greyhound stadium in Cockett ward, the rear of Parc Melyn Mynach and the proposed cemetery site, both in Gorseinon, and Milford Way in Penderry.

Also on the list is Swansea Vale in Llansamlet, where residents have fiercely fought against a site, as one already exists at Pantyblawd Road. Their claim that an agreement was made by the old West Glamorgan County Council not to place a second site in the area was dismissed, after Swansea Council said that, following legal reviews, no such agreement existed.

Opponents staged a demonstration outside the Civic Centre, as councillors revealed details of the process. One said: "We have had a lot of concerns about another site in this area for a long time.

"We weren't allowed into the building to listen to councillors, which makes you think transparency does not exist.

"I don't know where those councillors live, but they have no idea what they impact will be on the community.

"Travellers do not pay any tax, and yet the council will be expected to pay thousands of pounds to create a site".

Bob Clay, a member of campaign group Llansamlet Against a 2nd Traveller Site, added: "If the West Glamorgan agreement is invalid, then the people of Llansamlet were deceived in 1986".

In Gorseinon, town councillor Malcolm Curtice said: "People do not want a traveller site in Gorseinon. We had one twenty years ago, and there were a lot of issues then."

Many residents were happy to comment, as long as their names were not revealed. In Waunarlwydd, close to the former greyhound racing site, one said: "It is not a practical site.."

And a resident of Penderry ward, close lives close to Milford Way, added: "I question the whole philosophy of providing space for different cultures. What if the Chinese, or Africans, or Welsh, or any other cultural group demanded their own area?"

To take part in the consultation visit: www.swansea.gov.uk

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  • busydrive  |  February 11 2013, 7:17PM

    How will places on any new sites to be allocated. Can I apply. Will I be given enough space for my little scrap yard and somewhere to keep a couple of dodgy vehicles. Also this should be a secure no go area for non residents.

  • trailblazer  |  December 16 2012, 9:23PM

    we need all the support we can to stop this

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  • GretaCarbo  |  December 16 2012, 8:42PM

    Standard pathology. No big deal but, could be dangerous if toys taken away.

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  • gengis  |  December 16 2012, 8:26PM

    RESIDENTS living close to five potential sites for travellers have greeted the news unanimously saying: "We don't want it here." Well its gonna go somewhere whether people like it or not I suppose the slogan, "We dont want it here" could be said for the odorous creature variously known as hadabrain,fishbreath,hadafriend,fagg0tken,flappythetrout etc etc It would be wrong on the people of Coventry to send him there, might I suggest a good dose of pentobarbitone be administered on him as soon as possible instead. Meanwhile I urge other commentators (that includes you NB234) to- DNFTT

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  • Hadoken6842  |  December 16 2012, 7:39PM

    Funny how so many valid comments are deleted. Time for someone to make a decent rag and forum to air the views of residents, instead of behaving like left wing cowards.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 16 2012, 7:15PM

    Can anyone explain the following please? 1) Why do we need permanent sites for "travelers"? 2) How can a "poor" "victimised" and "misunderstood" section of society (not ours I may add) control slave labour from a travelers site? Answer, keep complaining that you are being racially abused and victimised and the authorities will leave you alone to do what you want.

  • Nubbo  |  December 16 2012, 5:38PM

    They can all stay at their official permanent adresses in RATHKEALE Co: Limerick ! Fakes, frauds and scams: RATHKEALE travellers fraudblog.dilloninvestigates.com/2010/01/rathkeale-travellers.html

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 16 2012, 3:32PM

    susiqzz you clearly do no understand that travelers have to pay to use legal sites. It's only when they do not have a space on a legal, site and are forced to live on an illegal one that they do not pay It's up to U susiqzz is you wish to thank me for putting u right on this. Although i do not expect u will, as i have often found that people like yourself do not like being corrected.

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  • susiqzz  |  December 16 2012, 2:28PM

    Yes Neathboy, Travellers DO have to live somewhere. I think that all most folk want is that they PAY to live there...like the rest of us, and behave well whilst living there....like the rest of us. If they wont do that then I think it's reasonable to not want them anywhere near.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 16 2012, 1:17PM

    Hadoken6842 no it's not Africa, it's the UK. And by law in the UK places must be found for these people to live, there is a law which says so.

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