Hundreds of residents protest against plans for a travellers' site on the former greyhound track in Fforestfach
HUNDREDS of people turned out to show their opposition to plans for a travellers' site on a former Swansea greyhound track.
The proposed site is earmarked for Ystrad Road, Fforestfach.
Signs bearing the slogans "Hands Off Our Dog Track" along with "Stop and Sign Our Petition," were carried by some of those attending the event.
Placards were also placed on the old sign for the track with the words "No thanks, no thanks!" along with "Not here, not here."
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Police officers were present at the protest on Saturday and members of a traveller family from Ystrad Road were seen watching the proceedings.
Mum Alyson Jones, who helped to organise the protest, said some of the travellers had approached the residents fighting to block the plan for a second location for travellers in Swansea.
She claimed: "Some travellers defaced some of our signs and called them racist and they also made comments about the signs.
"We found some of our signs dumped in the woodland.
"I believe the racism comments are wrong — we were not saying anything out of order.
"The turnout has been excellent, it shows we care."
She called on businesses in the area to join the opposition to the travellers' site.
Fforestfach-based Alan Davies, who also helped to organise the protest, said: "We have had a brilliant turnout and would like to thank you for your support first and foremost.
"It's the content of the comments and reasons why you do not want this site here.
"We can get 4,000 to 6,0000 signatures which is great but it's your comments which are important. This travellers' site should not be placed in a residential or business site."
Anne Richards, 32, of Fforestfach, added: "I agree the travellers need a place to live but this site should be used to bring jobs and employment for the community.
"I do think the Valeo site in Gorseinon would be better."
Following the meeting residents held talks with councillors at a surgery in Waunarlwydd Community Centre.
Plans are also in place to hold a meeting on Thursday night, at Waunarlwydd Rugby Club at 7.30pm.
People living in Swansea have until the end of March to give views on proposals by Swansea Council to create a second travellers site.
Swansea has only one legal site, which is full, so the council is looking at providing further accommodation. The council has a website where people can register their comments over the plans.