Monday, September 25, 2017

Pantteg, Ystalyfera, landslip update - 1.9.2017

01 September 2017

As previously reported a terrace of ten houses on Cyfyng Road has been subject to prohibition notices and the council has required its immediate vacation as the residents were considered to be in imminent danger. Prohibition notices are an enforcement tool frequently used by the council to fulfil its duty under the Housing Act 2014.

The prohibition notices relating to Cyfyng Road require the owners to address the hazards affecting each property. A number of the houses no longer have a connection to a sewerage system and as such foul waste is discharging straight onto the slope down towards the canal, and some have lost the majority of their rear gardens due to the proximity of the landslide. In addition to this, there are no protection measures in place to separate the remaining gardens from a sheer drop beyond. The owners of these properties are required to advise the council on how they intend to remove these hazards.

Whilst these hazards do not affect the whole terrace, the stability of the ground upon which the terrace is constructed does affect the whole terrace. The notices therefore require the owners to secure specialist advice in relation to the stability of the ground which supports the house.

Meeting With Cyfyng Road Residents

The owners of all ten properties were invited to a meeting with the council on 25th August to discuss this prohibition notice process further. They were advised that if the hazards in each of the prohibition notices were addressed they could move back into the properties. However if geotechnical reports indicate that the houses cannot be safely supported, then it was unlikely that they would be allowed to return and the council would need to consider the most appropriate course of action going forward in relation to this terrace.

There is therefore the potential that the council will serve demolition orders on the properties to which the risk remains. The council is not at that position at the moment. However, one vacant and derelict property within the terrace has been served with a demolition order as part of a wider focus on health and safety issues in the area.

The council also informed affected residents of the procedures associated with applying for compensation.

Accommodation Update

Due to the need for residents to vacate their properties they have been assisted by the council and our external partners to move to alternative accommodation. The number of residents affected resulted in some being housed in emergency accommodation for a short period of time whilst more suitable accommodation was identified.

Only one of the families who vacated their properties is still in emergency accommodation although their relocation to more permanent suitable accommodation is imminent.

Public Meeting

A public meeting on the Pantteg landslip at Ystalyfera will take place at Ystalyfera School on Thursday 7 September 2017. The council is inviting residents from Cyfyng Road and the surrounding streets in Ystalyfera, in addition to owners of land and properties within that area to attend the meeting to receive an update on the situation.

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Source: http://www.npt.gov.uk//1410?pr_id=5751 (Fri Sep 1st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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