A new 870-mile walk around the whole of Wales is in jeopardy over a half-a-mile stretch next to mobile homes on a travellers site.Oh, boy!
The 80 gypsies on the camp are protesting that walkers strolling past their caravans will be 'an invasion of their privacy' when the route becomes part of the Wales Coast Path.
*rubs hands together*
Naturally, the council immediately assumed the position with regards to the travellers, to no avail:
Council chiefs tried to solve the problem by paying for a 16ft high screen around the camp.Yes, the prospect of a coastal path that goes inland foxed me too…
But travellers living at the Rover Way site say it would be like a prison - and called for the coastal path to be moved inland away from their mobile homes.
Ramblers are OUTRAGED! at this, as you might expect.
And they must expect to win, too, as they have so many, many times before, even over such figures as the feared Van Hoogstraten.
Gwyn Lewis, 59, spokesman for Cardiff Ramblers, said: 'I have a pavement outside my house - how is this any different?Yeeees, the clue is in the phrase ‘normal house’, I suspect.
'You can't control who walks the road outside your house and you wouldn't expect to. It is all part of living in a normal house.'
Travellers on the site - opened 30 years ago - say they would be prepared to take the law into their own hands to block the path.Really? Well, blow me down, I never expected that!
Richard Probert, 27, who lives in the site with his young family, said: 'We tried to reason with them and talk sensibly, but we might as well be talking to children.Neither of whom are ever, ever to be found in travelling communities, of course. Perish the thought…
'I'm not being funny, but you don't know what type of person could use it - there could be drug dealers or paedophiles.'