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Plans for purchase and demolition of Hafodyrynys properties agreed

Posted on : 01 Aug 2019

Plans for purchase and demolition of Hafodyrynys properties agreed
Plans for purchase and demolition of Hafodyrynys properties agreed

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet have today (1st August 2019) approved plans for the purchase and subsequent demolition of a number of properties affected by long-standing air quality issues in Hafodyrynys.
The move comes after a decision issued by Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs supported the proposal for demolition.
Cllr Dave Poole, Leader of the Council said, “As a Cabinet, we’ve always maintained that we must put the interests of Hafodyrynys residents first, and refused to see those affected families being placed into financial hardship as a result of the air quality issues they are experiencing.
“We were pleased that Welsh Government responded to our calls for funding to provide residents with a fair package, and welcome the Minister’s support for the proposal for purchase and demolition of the properties. This is the best outcome for all concerned, and shows that we made the right decision. I’d sincerely like to thank the community for their cooperation and support in helping us reach this way forward”.
Demolition of the properties on the south side of the affected section of the A472 and realignment of the southern footpath will allow the council to achieve air quality compliance in the shortest possible timeframe (by 2022).
Over the coming weeks and months, as well as commencing negotiations in accordance with the final approved plan, council officers will undertake further modelling in accordance with the Air Quality Direction 2019 issued by Welsh Government.
Cllr Eluned Stenner, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection added, “We thank Welsh Government for their support on what has been a very complex and emotive issue, not least for those residents directly affected by the air quality issues in Hafodyrynys. There is more work to do in terms of further modelling in accordance with the air quality direction, but I’m sure the news that this long-standing issue is reaching a conclusion for the affected residents will be warmly welcomed”.
Cabinet will also receive a further report to initiate the Compulsory Purchase Order process, which will operate in parallel to the council’s favoured approach of purchasing properties by agreement.
Affected residents have been notified of the Minister’s decision to support the purchase and demolition proposal, and council officers will continue to engage with those residents throughout the process.

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