Sully Traveller Site
12:01pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Letters
I AM writing in response to the recent letter in the Penarth Times - Sully Traveller Site (October 20).
This letter mentions travellers committing kidnappings, abandoning of horses and intimidating of vulnerable people and alludes to the fact that a traveller site in Sully would bring about a repeat of such horrendous acts.
Crimes of all sorts are reported daily in the news, many of which are perpetrated by people who live in houses. These do not spark sudden campaigns to indiscriminately evict members of the settled community from their homes - or prevent them from finding a place to live. Where and how you live does not define how you behave in society and to suggest this is at best illogical and at worst fear-mongering.
Since I have lived at Old Sully Civic Amenity site I have interacted with the local community and have never experienced any hostility from our neighbours at Beechwood College, the village shop, the Post Office or from dog walkers. In fact we have a good relationship with the majority of people, many of whom who have visited us to voice their support but would not do so in a public meeting for fear of antagonism or alienation in the local area.
We have recently had rocks, golf balls and bottles thrown into our home and the police have only ever visited us to warn us of potential abuse. This letter and other articles suggest that travellers will increase crime and mess in the area, however the police have never been called to site and we regularly clean up fly tipped rubbish around our area. There have been unnecessary calls to the RSPCA and dog warden regarding our pets and they have left more than happy with the animals' wellbeing and behaviour.
We have always reclaimed abandoned wasteland and have left when it is due for development (as at the Billybanks). The council's communication with us has been minimal and we were not aware of the new proposal until it was published in the Penarth Times. We, like many other Sully residents, do not agree with building on a green space used by local people.
People can choose to express their opinions publicly but these opinions need to submit to fact NOT prejudice. Sweeping generalisations such as the letter -Sully Traveller Site - are the real reasons people live in fear.