Council is wasting cash!
WHY is it that travellers are again illegally occupying Delta Lakes Water Park in Llanelli and have done so for the past five months, despite the clear damage they have caused to the land and still occupy what is meant to be a recreational area for the public?
When I complained to Carmarthenshire Council (CCC) recently, I was informed that "paperwork was progressing but being delayed by Human Rights issues". What complete and utter garbage.
The Bill of Human Rights does not allow anybody or any group to misuse any of the Rights' Acts to breach civil or criminal law, and if CCC think that we the people of Llanelli accept this as a legitimate reason for delayed removal of the illegal travellers, then they are all the more stupid for it.
Grow up council; travellers play with you like rag dolls and know the law better than you do, by the look of things.
If I, or any of my friends pitched tent in Parc Howard or on the grass in front of Llanelli Town Hall we'd all be removed immediately. Yet travellers have had sheds, awnings and clothes lines illegally erected for months.
Delta Lakes is located on the millennium coastal road, which makes it a prime site to every person who walks, cycles or drives along the main road. What a shocking and unsightly advert for the town. Would such an act of trespass be tolerated in Carmarthen? I doubt it.
I totally understand now why so many of the Llanelli townsfolk see CCC as being one of the biggest laughing stocks in south Wales, at times.
It needlessly wastes millions on a totally useless and unnecessary glass structure outside Boots, shortlists Llanelli's only crematorium as a potential permanent traveller site (an absolute and total outrage of a decision and an insult to the town and families of the departed), and wastes so much tax payers' money on hundreds of speed humps all over the town, as if the town actually needed so many in the first place.
Yet they can't evict a handful of travellers from a public water park that has a history of illegal camps.
Well done council. Yet again you are badly letting down the people of Llanelli which leaves just one question.
Is it any wonder why townsfolk hold their heads in despair at CCC and the incredible let downs that time wasting pen pushers create in a council allegedly led by a person who is paid more than a British Prime Minister?
A E Morrison
IN response, chief executive Mark James said: "Local residents can be assured that the council is doing everything it can to resolve this matter as soon as possible, within existing legal requirements and statutory guidance from Welsh Government and the Courts."
A spokesman added: "The travellers occupied the Prince Charles Gardens site off Delta Lakes on July 17, 2013.
Officers from the council have investigated and liaised with the police on a range of potential issues which may affect the local community.
Welsh Government guidance requires the council to gather a range of evidence before taking enforcement action and that is what we are doing, to avoid any legal challenge being made by them or by their supporters.
It is extremely important that the proper legal process is followed and in the meantime, the council continues to work with the police to resolve matters.
The occupation of the site and the presence of horses is linked and once the travellers move on, the horses will be grazed elsewhere.
Your correspondent makes a throwaway point that human rights issues are irrelevant. The council's experience in these matters is well documented.
If we do not comply with our statutory duties towards these travellers they will take us to court and we will lose at considerable cost to the public purse and still have to find land for them to camp on in the Llanelli area."