Have your Say: How did process get this far?
DAVID Phillips, leader of the council, states in his article "process had to be followed" (Post, Oct 24) that the extraordinary meeting of council had to go ahead because the agenda had been published.
That indeed may be true, but the real question that has to be asked is why did he, as leader, ever allow the process to get to the stage of publishing an agenda which recommended that cabinet consider two specific traveller sites if he was so concerned about the report's recommendations, as he now suggests?
He must have been fully aware of the strength of public opposition to a traveller site in any of the five shortlisted areas and the fact that this was especially strong in regard to Llansamlet and Cockett cannot surely have escaped his notice.
Closer to the truth could be the suggestion that the u-turn was mainly due to many of his back bench Labour colleagues, quite properly reflecting the views of their residents, objecting vehemently to the recommendations contained in the report to the extent that his position as leader of both the Labour group and the council was threatened. It will now be interesting to see which privately owned sites are to be included in the further deliberations, especially in the context of the travellers themselves apparently indicating that they only want to be located in the Llansamlet area and are unlikely to make use of any site provided elsewhere.
Councillor Wendy Fitzgerald