Swansea West Business Park Forum to meet at Marriott Hotel on potential use of Fforestfach greyhound track for travellers
AROUND 50 people are expected to attend a meeting in Swansea to discuss a potential second traveller site in the city.
The event at the Marriott Hotel on Friday has been organised by the Swansea West Business Park Forum which is home to more than 200 businesses and provides work for around 2,000 people.
It has been called by the forum to formally object to the potential of using a disused greyhound track around a mile away from the park as a site to house travellers.
Swansea is currently home to one legal Gypsy and travellers' site in Swansea which is now fully subscribed.
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Swansea Council has been consulting since December on the potential of using one of five possible sites as a second location to house travellers in the area including the greyhound track in Swansea.
Alan Brayley is a key organiser of the meeting on Friday and director of AB Glass.
Mr Brayley said business owners were concerned about a potential increase in traffic on the roads created by housing travellers at the former greyhound track.
He said: "Adding another 20 to 25 caravans with another one and a half cars each is like having another quite sizeable business moving in.
"The infrastructure won't support it."
Hundreds of people turned out to show their opposition to the potential use of the former greyhound track to house travellers on Saturday.
A meeting organised by Gorseinon Town Council was also due to be held tonight at the Brighton Road Club in Gorseinon to discuss two sites in the town which could also become a second site for travellers.
Cherry Hinton, of Grovesend, was due to attend the meeting and said: "This is the wrong time for demonstration, our meeting is simply to give information to the people and listen to their views."
Martin Saville, Swansea Council's head of public protections, said: "A number of Gypsy and traveller families have lived in Swansea for quite some time without proper facilities.
"We need to look at finding a suitable location."
The local authority has created a website for people to air their views and will host an exhibition at the Civic Centre in Swansea, starting on Monday, March 18.
Aside from the greyhound track, the other proposed sites are Milford Way in Penlan, the rear of Parc Melyn Mynach (Gorseinon), the proposed cemetery (Gorseinon); and Swansea Vale (Llansamlet).