Traveller site pledge 'was given'
A FOUNDER member of a campaign group opposed to a new traveller's site being developed in Llansamlet in the 1980s insists authority leaders did promise there would be no second site in the ward.
Eurona Phillips was part of the action group which fought against plans by the former West Glamorgan County Council, to develop a travellers' site on The Garth, in Glais.
Following a court battle, she says authority members promised there would be no more than one site for travellers in Llansamlet, in what has since been described as the "West Glamorgan Agreement".
A Swansea Council cabinet meeting was told earlier this month that there were no records of any such agreement.
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Councillor June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, told colleagues: "In 1986 West Glamorgan considered the location of a gypsy traveller site and based on documents I've seen there was not an agreement at that time preventing another gypsy traveller site in Llansamlet. I haven't been able to see anything in any of the documents."
But that position has been challenged by Ms Phillips.
She said: "Having been an active founder member of the original action group, I can assure you that there was a pledge given by West Glamorgan County Council following the High Court hearing — that prevented such an abomination from taking place — that only one site would be developed in Llansamlet ward.
"Unfortunately, I no longer have the documents, but having been secretary to the original group throughout the lengthy and costly fight against the proposal to use The Garth, I have a clear memory of the outcome of the public inquiry and subsequent High Court judgment."
Campaigners opposed to a second site last night attended a public meeting at Manor Park Hotel in Clydach to discuss the issue.