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Ystalyfera landslip homes "likely" to be demolished

Ten houses in Ystalyfera evacuated after a landslip in 2017 are likely to be issued with demolition orders next year, the BBC has reported.

Residents in Cyfyng Road, Ystalyfera, were handed prohibition orders after Neath Port Talbot Borough Council said there was an “immediate risk to life” in August 2017.

Council leader Rob Jones has told the BBC that demolition was “the more likely solution.”

Jones said: “I cannot rule out ultimately that the 10 properties on Cyfyng Road may need to be demolished for people’s safety.

“It’s an option for us and I will be honest and say it is the more likely solution.”

Council 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 in August, 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 final assessment report from ESP is expected by early next year.

In April the residents challenged the decision to evacuate them from their homes, but lost their appeal in May.

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