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Council is guilty of scaremongering over proposals for a new travellers' site; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

Councillor Richard Bertin may have disturbed a hornets' nest in his comments on a proposed travellers' encampment at Barry Cemetery approach area ("Gypsy proposal 'scaremongering'," May 11).

He makes a valid point about Vale of Glamorgan Council using this particular ploy in order to develop the land with social housing.

A long and hard battle was fought against the housing development which now, with the new revelations, only proves what a poor loser the Vale council really is.

I have nothing against travellers of any kind but I do not believe this site is at all feasible in any way.

Councillor Gordon Kemp maintains that this is only one of a possible 400 sites in and around the Vale of Glamorgan. These possible sites must be extremely close together - if every single possible site was in an area of say one square mile, that means 400 square miles. I did not realise the Vale of Glamorgan was that large.

If you take the rural Vale out of the equation, as I am sure no-one will want this facility in their back yard, you are left with a much smaller area to contend with.

So that leaves Penarth, Dinas Powys, Rhoose, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Bonvilston, Penmark, Welsh St Donats, Peterston-super-Ely, Pendoylan, Llanmaes, St Athan, etc.

The residents of all these possible locations would create mayhem in response to any such proposals, and quite rightly so. But they need not worry as it won't happen there because most of the Vale councillors live in those areas.

So back to the town dubbed as the dumping ground of Wales, Barry.

These councillors should be removed from office as they are clearly not seeing the wood for the trees, which they also seem hell-bent on chopping down to make way for even more developments.

The Vale council is guilty of scaremongering in this case but, as always, time will tell.

[bar] Barrie V Evans Barry Island


[bar] Heol Don, Whitchurch, where residents are fearful of social housing
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 14, 2011
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