Lots of questions left to answer
FINDING a second permanent gypsy traveller site in Swansea has been a long, drawn-out and controversial process — and it isn't over yet.
In March 2010 the council began a search for a new site, and after a mammoth process of sifting through more than 1,000 council-owned plots of land and a major public consultation which saw thousands of responses, a decision was made — Fforestfach and Llansamlet were the most suitable sites.
But all that has been thrown up in the air by last night's vote, and here we are in November 2013 with no decision — but a lot of unanswered questions.
How much public money has the process cost so far? Was there proper oversight and scrutiny of the process? How long will the new search take? And how does it come to pass that a last-minute amendment had to be cobbled together before full council last night if there were such serious concerns?
The residents of Swansea and the travelling community deserve much better than they have had so far.