Residents on Cyfyng Road in Ystalyfera have been told to evacuate their homes after geotechnical investigations identified an imminent risk of ground movement which could cause the houses to collapse.
Neath Port Talbot informed residents of the 10 affected properties by letter that the evacuation was necessary and deputy leader Anthony Taylor has said that the evacuation was indefinite.
Speaking on a BBC Radio Wales this morning, Taylor said that the evacuations had been put in place to ensure the council put safety first. “There have been problems at the site since the 1940s,” he said. “There have been recent issues with ground movement in December 2012, February this year and more recently in June.”
According to Taylor, the council has specialist engineers working on the problem and this work showed that there is an imminent risk of further ground movement if there is heavy rainfall in the area. “Further ground movement is anticipated and we are monitoring the site,” he added. “At present we cannot see there being a feasible engineering solution for the site so the evacuation of residents is indefinite at this stage.”