The Vale of Glamorgan Council is proposing to set up a new permanent gipsy camp at Hayeswood Road between Barry and Sully.
The council has picked the new site – which will cost £2,300,000 to develop – because it’s close the existing (illegal ) site outside Sully and is “well placed for access to the amenities of Barry”.
The existing illegal encampment is at the former refuse recycling facility at Hayes Road on the outskirts of Sully which has been illegally occupied by travellers for many years. If the new site is approved the present illegal encampment will be closed
The proposal for the new site – to replace the illegal site – follows a long search for a suitable site which had taken into consideration public land and known private areas that had been “previously promoted for this use“.
Cllr John Thomas Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan COuncil says “As a Council, we must ensure that we provide suitable accommodation for all those within our community and Gypsy and Traveller groups are certainly no exception to this.Having somewhere to call home is a basic human right that everyone is entitled to. It is fundamental to our wellbeing and provides children with an environment in which they can grow and develop.
After careful consideration and discussions with local Gypsy and Traveller representatives, we believe we have found an excellent site that caters for their specific needs, although the proposal will need to be carefully considered at the planning stage.
Hopefully this location can provide them a permanent home, a base from which they can be valued and productive members of our community.”
The chosen site – Hayes Wood – is will be subject public consultation and if confirmed will cover an area of approximately 1.9 acres and feature 20 plots, a play area, office/community space and bin compound.
The council says “Only once all opinions have been thoroughly considered will the Council decide the best way forward, while the proposal is also subject to the planning process and a successful capital bid to Welsh Government.”
The new site could be ready for use “some time in 2020”.