I WRITE this letter as a long-term resident of Pontardulais Road, Gorseinon, one of the people who will be most affected by a proposed Gypsy/traveller site at either side of Heol-y-Mynydd (Mountain Road), Gorseinon.
Horror of horrors, not one site but two for Gorseinon — none for Swansea west. Are we classed as second rate citizens?
Most of the properties at the top of Pontardulais Road, in close proximity to the two proposed sites, are rated B and E or above for council tax. These are bungalows or houses — which include a nursing home and a foster home — owned by people, mostly retired, who are upstanding pillars of the community and who have paid their rates and taxes as they became due.
This is a lovely, peaceful, rural area teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna. The area known as the ''site designated for a cemetery'', one of the proposed sites for Gypsy/travellers has been home to skylarks nesting there for many years (they are listed as an endangered species).
The second site at Melyn Mynach, which is really a large park, is of particular historical interest, has many species of plants and is much loved and used by walkers and the community. It is also used to accommodate the fairground at certain times of the year, and housed the Eisteddfod when it came to Swansea.
We already have to cope with a colossal amount of traffic from Heol-y-Mynydd turning at the roundabout. At rush hour it is horrendous and difficult to get onto the road or cross it. A Gypsy/traveller site would exacerbate this and add to the volume of traffic.
A Gypsy/traveller site at either location would be disastrous for the residents of Pontardulais Road and for Gorseinon as a whole.
Mrs Averil Williams