Travellers site facts known
WHILE Cherry Hinton has been very helpful in clarifying the system undertaken to determine appropriate traveller sites across the City and County of Swansea, there are a number of important points she has neglected to raise.
The selection of traveller and gypsy sites has to be undertaken as part of the Local Development Plan process. Under this process suitable "Candidate Sites" are nominated and taken forward to the next stage.
All local authorities in Wales are following this process, in accordance with guidance set down by the Labour-led Assembly Government.
There are a large number of candidate sites in the Gorseinon area, for all sorts of development, including residential housing.
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The deadline for nominating such sites in the new LDP process was March last year.
With this in mind it's instructive to note that there are no proposed traveller or gypsy sites for the Gorseinon area in the LDP process.
Penyrheol cemetery is proposed as a cemetery, while Parc Melyn Mynach is a proposed residential housing or nature reserve site.
Councillors Cole, Curtice and Lewis are well aware of this.
As town councillors, we were all briefed on the full list of candidate sites for Gorseinon by the clerk of the town council at a special meeting last year.
This meeting is minuted.
With this in mind, it's curious as to why they still decided to go ahead and organise a demonstration — during an election period.
A common accusation levelled at Plaid is that we are supposedly the "Party of Protest".
Not in this case it seems!