Rumours that illegal traveller site in Sully could be permanent site for the Vale, in new LDP
12:46pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
RUMOURS are circulating that the illegal traveller site in Sully could become the authorised site for the Vale under the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s replacement draft Local Development Plan (LDP).
The replacement LDP due to be released tomorrow (Wednesday October 2), will have details about where the travellers currently located at the former civic amenity site on Hayes Road will be housed permanently.
Travellers moved on to the council-owned Sully site in January 2011, after vacating the former Billybanks site in Penarth.
Protests and meetings called for them to be moved, with residents fearing the effect on tourism and house prices.
But the local authority warned any legal action to evict them would fail because the Vale does not have a permanent site for them, as demanded by Welsh Government legislation.
Earlier this year, the council said the replacement LDP would identify suitable locations for travellers.
But councillors and residents alike said even that was too long for the travellers to remain at the former tip, which is located next to a chemical complex, overlooked by Beechwood College for autistic youngsters, and is on the same road as the local Ty Hafan Hospice.
Cllr Bob Penrose urged the local re-consider its position, pointing to developments at Barry Waterfront which are underway despite being included in the LDP.
He said locating the travellers on a site which could be contaminated was hardly caring for them, and residents were suffering while the Vale “drags its feet”.
The replacement draft LDP was produced following concerns over the plan put forward by the previous administration.
Once adopted it will guide how land within the Vale is used until 2026.
Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Councillor Neil Moore said: “It is of utmost significance that the deposit draft plan comprehensively identifies and allocates land for the services and facilities that will be needed to support new development to 2026.”
A statuatory consultation will be held over the plan.
The plan will be available tomorrow at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ldp
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