Concerns at packed meeting over proposed Newport Gipsy sites

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RESIDENTS have been urged to act on their concerns over proposals for Gipsy sites in the east of Newport.

More than 700 people attended the event at a conference suite at the city’s Hilton Hotel on Friday night, organised by local councillors, but hundreds more were unable to get in and were turned away.

Residents heard concerns over four sites based in or around Langstone - part of a list of 11 being consulted on by Newport council.

An action group has been established and at least 300 people have signed a petition over the issue.

They were called to write letters to the council outlining reasons to object, with people worried about proposals for sites at Old Chepstow Road, Magor Road, near the A449 and near Llanmartin Primary School.

It was argued that facilities in Langstone are non-existent with “principle” shops miles away and that the Old Chepstow Road site is used as a flood plain. One resident said the road alongside Llanmartin School was “full of potholes”.

Helen Beveridge, of Langstone, won a round of applause when she asked: “Wouldn’t anybody mind joining me in stopping their direct debit [for council tax] forthwith?”

Meeting chairman Peter Morgan said that could be “creating a rod for our own backs.”

Another meeting over the issue will take place at Underwood Leisure Centre on Friday at 7pm.

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6:50pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Dolieboy says...

Coming soon to a field near you..........
Coming soon to a field near you.......... Dolieboy
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7:36pm Sun 16 Sep 12

alwaytom says...

why can't they go to allt-yr-yn
why can't they go to allt-yr-yn alwaytom
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8:07pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Serpent_terror says...

alwaytom wrote:
why can't they go to allt-yr-yn
Now don't be silly PMPL
[quote][p][bold]alwaytom[/bold] wrote: why can't they go to allt-yr-yn[/p][/quote]Now don't be silly PMPL Serpent_terror
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8:18am Mon 17 Sep 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

Just goes to show that the people of Newport and sorrounding areas DON'T
WANT a Gypsy Site in their area.
They realise what is going to be the likely outcome.
Rubbish piling up all over the place, things going missing all of a sudden.
A created compound which will become a haven for lawbreaking which will then become a no-go area for Police, as Rover Way is in Cardiff.
Call me a NIMBY but I have the utmost sympathy for anyone having to endure this situation.
Put the encampments in areas where they are not going to affect the local community. Flathholme and Steepholme come to mind, or a remote part of the Brecon Beacons.
Just goes to show that the people of Newport and sorrounding areas DON'T WANT a Gypsy Site in their area. They realise what is going to be the likely outcome. Rubbish piling up all over the place, things going missing all of a sudden. A created compound which will become a haven for lawbreaking which will then become a no-go area for Police, as Rover Way is in Cardiff. Call me a NIMBY but I have the utmost sympathy for anyone having to endure this situation. Put the encampments in areas where they are not going to affect the local community. Flathholme and Steepholme come to mind, or a remote part of the Brecon Beacons. Cymru Am Beth
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10:56am Mon 17 Sep 12

ncfcr says...

I thought that pikeys travelled. Surely any occupation of Langstone will only be temporary.
I thought that pikeys travelled. Surely any occupation of Langstone will only be temporary. ncfcr
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12:09pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Magor says...

There is a council run site in Avonmouth that is empty and costing Bristol taxpayers money to maintain.Send them there, we dont need any in Newport.
There is a council run site in Avonmouth that is empty and costing Bristol taxpayers money to maintain.Send them there, we dont need any in Newport. Magor
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10:33pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Limestonecowboy says...

... this is worrying a lot of people now residents in Marshfield need to think about it.
... this is worrying a lot of people now residents in Marshfield need to think about it. Limestonecowboy
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2:16pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Arco2012 says...

Interesting to note that the socialist run Council is putting forward greenfield areas out of their wards!!
Interesting to note that the socialist run Council is putting forward greenfield areas out of their wards!! Arco2012
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