Give us back our allotments
12:01pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Letters
THE decision by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to recommend the ‘area of Public Open Space and the Civic Amenity Site at Hayes Road, Sully as the permanent gypsy and traveller site in the LDP, is most objectionable to the residents of Sully and Lavernock (pop: 4,543).
In the previous draft LDP the site was found to be totally unsuitable for a gypsy and traveller site. In the current LDP the assessment states many hazards that exist with the site, flooding, soil contamination, the proximity to the chemical works. They also state that implications may arise over the change of use of this land and the loss of public open space. They also announce that the location of a gypsy and traveller site will have a detrimental effect on the leisure use and emergency use of the slipway and the use of the coastal path by residents and visitors. The land is also outside any settlement boundary and substantial levels of capital investment would be require to enable its use as a gypsy and traveller site.
Beechwood College, Wales' first and only specialist residential college of further education dedicated to students over the age of 16 years with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome have announced that the presence of a gypsy and traveller site next door will be detrimental to their students.
More importantly the Vale of Glamorgan Council have totally ignored the fact that the larger part of the site has been undergoing development into community and educational allotments for the residents of Sully and Lavernock and students of Beechwood College over the past 12 months, especially after the Vale Council approached the Community Council offering the land, with verbal agreements made as to the ownership and management of the land, assistance with planning applications, grants, soil testing, etc.
Thus the Vale of Glamorgan are ignoring their own criteria for choosing Hayes Road as a permanent gypsy traveller site due to the constraint that the land has ownership or management issues, has alternative or preferable uses or has been developed to provide community facilities.
With the land being used as community and educational allotments, the land will remain in the scope of public open space for community use and will have no detrimental effect on the slipway, the car park or the coastal path and their usage.
Give the community what the community needs.
On behalf of the 4,543 residents of Sully and Lavernock “give us back our allotments".