Needless to say, the controversial decision has sparked an angry and emotional debate that has at times gotten “out of control.” It is a debate that has been largely conducted on social media and has often failed to acknowledge how and why the 800-odd residents of Penally in Pembrokeshire itself are feeling the way they are.
WalesOnline The speed of the developments over the past seven days has left many of those residents, nearly two-thirds of who are retired, reeling in shock.
Many in their seventies and eighties have been left in a state of confusion, not clued up on social media and left waiting for information by phone or post.
One elderly couple who are selling their house and had a sale agreed had gone away to visit family last weekend only to return to Penally on Monday where “all hell had let loose”.
They did not want to be identified, for fear of reprisals, but as the elderly grandmother described how the sale had fallen through by Friday, she broke down in tears on her doorstep.
To understand how people feel in Penally first of all requires an understanding of the village itself.
The converted barracks aren’t just near the village, the boundary fence quite literally acts as garden boundaries for many houses in Penally Heights. Residents can hear conversations on the other side and some can even see right into the cabins from their bedroom windows.
It’s kicking off in Penally tonight, a small town in Wales with a population of just over 800, as the first illegal immigrants are brought in to the disused army barracks there, amongst mostly elderly Welsh people, police are doing battle with locals right now, this is the latest pic.twitter.com/5jKfrnKB8f
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