Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has said that work on the ground investigation into the Pantteg landslide at Ystalyfera is progressing well and will hazard and risk assessments to be finalised.
The council has said that engineers and geologists from the Earth Science Partnership (ESP) have been focusing on drilling work above Pantteg Chapel using a specialist rope climbing rig.
According to a statement from the council, the strata cores and results from the specialist drilling work will allow review and verification of the assessments to date which have included Lidar surveys, boreholes, trial pits and the creation of monitoring wells/installations.
The council has confirmed that the final assessment report from ESP is expected by early next year.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Rob Jones said: “We will now continue to communicate with the owners and residents of homes in Pantteg to ensure the best and safest outcome and we will do our best to help if they have issues with insurance”.
“The recent work is just part of the very wide ranging and sophisticated ground analysis programme in an area which has suffered geological problems going back many decades.
“We are grateful for the community’s continued co-operation over the home inspections programme and would like that to continue while carrying on talking to residents and home owners.”