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CCBC takes steps to tackle common concerns

Posted on : 23 Aug 2019

CCBC takes steps to tackle common concerns
Caerphilly council is working with partner agencies to take proactive steps to address some of the concerns that have been raised about activities on Eglwysilan Common.

The common, which skirts the Aber Valley and Nelson, has experienced a range of issues over recent years including fly tipping, blocked rights of way, creation of trenches, illegal structures, damage to wildlife and threats to walkers.
 
The council is taking the lead by working with agencies including Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to clarify who is responsible for pursuing enforcement action against these various problems.
 
Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader of the Council and ward member for Nelson said, “We are aware of the worrying activity that has been taking place on the common recently and I want to assure residents that we are taking direct action ourselves and working closely with our partners to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to tackle these issues head on.
 
“We are seeking clarity about areas of responsibility in terms of enforcement action and want to ensure that we are taking a ‘joined up’ multi-agency approach to resolve these matters as quickly as possible.”
 
CCBC has already launched direct legal action against a land owner over breaches of planning control and Public Rights of Way. This has resulted in an injunction against an individual to prevent him carrying out illegal and unauthorised works on the common. The Planning Inspectorate has also upheld an enforcement appeal against unauthorised works.
 
“Discussions are also ongoing with Welsh Government as we feel that they should intervene more forcefully in these types of matters,” said Cllr Morgan, “Whilst we will continue to deal with issues that are our responsibility as a local authority, it would be beneficial if Welsh Government used its powers and resources to help enforce the Commons Act to further assist us in the matter.” 


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