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Swansea council site 'like Beirut'

Jul 12 2003

Robin Turner, The Western Mail


A FORMER cliff-top holiday caravan park, overlooked by the luxury home being built in Mumbles by film stars Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, has been compared with a war zone.

The park at Plunch Lane, Limeslade which accommodated holiday caravans was closed down by owners Swansea City and County Council last year.

It is understood the site is now being marketed to housing developers.

Nearby residents including businessman Roger Rees of Rosser's Field are angry about the site's condition.

He said that sewers on the site have been left open, attracting rats.

And earlier this week, said Mr Rees, residents were disturbed by a fire on the site which almost led to propane gas bottles exploding.

He said, "We are petrified at what could happen because vandals are getting in there and starting fires, and if one of those large gas bottles goes up in flames our homes could be at threat.

"The place has just been left for months.

"We want to know what is happening there and we would like some better on-site security.

"It's an awful mess in what should be a showcase, tourist area for Swansea. It's more like Beirut.

"I don't know what impression people will get, if they come visiting and see that."

Mr Rees's neighbour Pat Perritt added, "It's like living in a war zone.

"There is glass and sharp metal and pieces of foam lying around the place and rats are everywhere.

"Children play up there too, something which scares us to death. Anything could happen.

"Some of the caravans which were left there have just been left to disintegrate and pieces are being blown by the wind everywhere."

The site, which overlooks picturesque Limeslade Bay, is just a few hundred yards away from the luxury home being built for Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas.

It is understood that the actress's parents Pat and Dai Jones will live in the home, which will be used by the Hollywood couple during visits to Swansea.

A council spokesman said yesterday the authority was aware of the situation at the caravan park.

He said the caravans, which were privately owned, were being cleared.

Further work was being carried out to clean up the whole site.

Swansea City and County Council closed down the site last October.


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