Gypsy 'disgusted' with council traveller site rejection
A GYPSY at the illegal Delta Lakes camp has branded the council's rejection of possible traveller sites as "disgusting".
Alison Price — who currently lives on the land near Llanelli's waterfront — has claimed that Carmarthenshire Council's rejection gives insects and water voles more priority than her family.
Last week's Star brought the news that the three possible areas for a new traveller site had been dismissed, and that members of a community safety group had alleged the number of families had increased "fourfold" at Delta Lakes.
Mrs Price said: "What I'd like to know is why they are so against us being here? We're not on the sex offenders' list.
"It is like we are criminals — it's like they are waiting for us to mess up so they can arrest us.
"It is basically saying close your eyes and pretend we are not there."
Head of Housing Robin Staines said: "We are continuing to work with them to identify sites. We will be meeting them again shortly."
A Carmarthenshire Council spokesman said the proposed sites at Berwick Road, Penprys Road, and Gypsy Lane had been consulted on and were found inappropriate for inclusion within the Local Development Plan (LDP) as Gypsy Traveller sites.
The spokesman said: "It is consequently not proposed that the LDP will identify a specific site for Gypsy Traveller use in Llanelli, but that any future proposals will be determined in accordance with the policies of the LDP."
This, Mrs Price believes, leaves her family stranded.
She said: "We have got nowhere else to go, so the council has to pull their finger out and do something.
"They are coming up with all the excuses."
In last week's Star, Llanelli MP Nia Griffith welcomed the news of the site rejections.
Mrs Price has criticised the MP, saying: "I thought she was supposed to help the people".
She said: "Does she realise that there are children around here that are bathing in a bucket?
"No doubt she gets up in the morning, she has a nice shower before she has her breakfast — it's the natural thing for people to do.
"I'd like to have her come down here and have a wash in a bucket.
"We are only human when all is said and done."
Explaining the report, Ms Griffith said the two Llangennech sites were "completely unsafe" for families, with their placement on the edge of a busy by-pass.
She said: "Furthermore, one of the sites has a history of very serious contamination — not somewhere anyone would want to live."
The proposed Bynea site is in a flood plain, she added, which ruled out residential building.
"Furthermore, as a water vole habitat, development there would lead to prosecution, as has already happened elsewhere," Ms Griffith said.
Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Simon Thomas said: "The council should find a suitable site for safe accommodation for the family.
"I believe under law the council is required to provide a site for local travellers.
"This is a matter of fairness for everyone."
Mrs Price has quashed the claims that the number of families at the site had increased, stating that there were more caravans, but not more families.
But she said her relatives would be going to the Delta Lakes site and others would be leaving housing to join them.
"Then the place will quadruple," she added.