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Swansea Council makes commenting on gypsy traveller site short-list easier

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

By Helen Keates

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SWANSEA Council says it is making it easier for residents to give their views on the five short- listed gypsy traveller sites.

It follows complaints to the Evening Post that it was too difficult for certain members of the public to contribute to the consultation.

Tom Jenkins said the elderly, disabled and computer illiterate would "lose out on having their say" because the large portion of the feedback was done online, with online a week in January where hard copies would be available.

Louise Bolam, a spokeswoman for Leo's Community Action Group, which is campaigning against a site on the old greyhound track in Penplas, said there was concern some people in the area would not have access to the documents.

"You've only got to look at the demographic for the Penderry ward to see that's not a fair way to consult with them," she said.

"Local people here are socially excluded and there are low educational groups with none or low educational qualifications and if you read the documents they are extremely complex.

"We spent hours studying them. It is not advertised very well. Lots of people are relying on the Evening Post to know what's going on."

However, she added she was pleased the council was inviting the public to get involved.

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).

All the council's documents relating to how the short-list was drawn up will be online until March 2013.

A hard copy of all the information on the website is also now available at the Civic Centre and can be viewed on request, along with hard copies of the consultation document.

Libraries across the city are also available for residents who may not have access to a computer at home.

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 mailing consultation forms to residents who may have difficulties getting to a library or the Civic Centre.

David Phillips, council leader, said: "The council wants the public to play a full part in this process and people will have until the end of March to give us their views.

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

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  • seasolder  |  December 21 2012, 2:17PM

    We can make life easier for the council by given our council a mandate, to our lord & masters at the Welsh Assembly. We in Swansea do not want another Travellers site within the bounderies of our city.

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  • JohnSW4  |  December 21 2012, 1:59PM

    Next year Swansea city council will have a £12.6 million short fall! http://tinyurl.com/cepu5wd

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  • GSVale  |  December 21 2012, 11:01AM

    The decision has already been as I've posted before. http://tinyurl.com/d9aj9pe

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  • rivergirl  |  December 20 2012, 9:28PM

    So did you complete a consultation form or did you get timed out three times within a few seconds as happened to me?

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  • brochadav  |  December 20 2012, 8:48PM

    It may well be the case that the decision has already been made and the consultation exercise is just smoke and mirrors to fob people off. Remember, politicians always say they listen to us but they always think they know better. The last 20 years has shown us different.

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  • Dooyah  |  December 20 2012, 8:18PM

    rivergirl Nothing wrong with it.

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  • rivergirl  |  December 20 2012, 6:58PM

    should have explained that its the consultation website which has the glitch

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  • hobbles  |  December 20 2012, 3:35PM

    Plenty of common land above West Cross or towards Murton perhaps even over to Three Crosses,but we all know that is not going to happen. My question is at this time of CUTBACKS how can we afford to finance another gypsy camp? Anyway if it is going to be Gorsienon we can assure you it will not be another ASDA . This will be a fight till the end!

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  • Hadoken123456  |  December 20 2012, 2:37PM

    Keep the scum out of llansamlet, there are already two camps and the council have already sold much of the land to gypsies. A 3rd one will cause small scale riots cos people here have had enough. you have been warned.

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  • Dooyah  |  December 20 2012, 12:19PM

    Checked the Council website and it's fully functional.

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