Residents out in force to voice concerns over site
AROUND 120 residents attended a meeting in Birchgrove Community Centre on Tuesday evening to voice their concerns over a possible travellers' site off Peniel Green Road.
The meeting, billed as a Labour party meeting, was chaired by Tom Jenkins and attended by councillors Bob Clay, Uta Clay and Penny Matthews.
The process where five preferred sites were whittled down to two, Peniel Green Road and the old greyhound stadium in Cockett, was questioned.
Resident Hillary Jenkins said: "I have looked through the whole report and there is nothing I can see that says how they have come to decide the two sites chosen."
Mr Clay said: "I'm not saying it's a conspiracy, but it may have been written on the back of a cigarette pack."
He added: "We don't know how important the views of the travellers are against the views of the rest of the community."
It was implied that the two short listed sites where the only sites the travellers agreed on.
As a resident said: "The report implies that almost the entire decision is weighted on what the travellers want. It shouldn't be like that."
Another resident said: "How have they taken into account the wishes of around 100 travellers against 6,000 people who signed a petition against it?"
Mary Roland, a resident, said: "Why is it that the gypsies can turn down a site when people on a waiting list for a council house, who turn one down, lose all their points?"
Fellow ward member Mrs Clay replied: "We seem to have one rule for everyone else and another for a minority."
Another resident said: "I think we have been the preferred site from the beginning. Everyone should turn up next Monday to show the council that we are not prepared to accept it.
"And if we are chosen then I plan to do something about it. I'm prepared to block Peniel Green Road."
Another resident suggested the roundabout spanning the M4.