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Hafodyrynys solution in sight

Posted on : 19 Jun 2019

Hafodyrynys solution in sight
Hafodyrynys Hill

Next week, Caerphilly county borough council’s Cabinet will be asked to give the green light to plans that will finally address long-standing air quality issues at Hafodyrynys Hill.

If the plans are approved, the council will purchase the worst affected homes along the south side of the A472 and will offer home owners 150% of the market value for their properties. It is then proposed that the properties would be demolished to achieve compliance with air quality directives in the shortest possible time.

“The council has always maintained that we must put the interests of Hafodyrynys residents first,” said Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole. “This proposal really is a ‘win-win’ situation for all concerned and we are pleased that the Welsh Government has responded to our calls for funding to provide residents with a fair financial package.” 

Demolition of the properties via compulsory purchase would allow the council to achieve air quality compliance in the shortest possible timeframe (by 2022).

Cllr Eluned Stenner, Cabinet member for the Environment and Public Protection said, “One of the major concerns of the residents was that the market valuation of their properties was significantly less than what they felt was a fair price to enable them to move home.” 

“We fully recognise that health and wellbeing is paramount, but we also did not want to see any of the residents facing financial difficulties as a result of the compulsory purchase process.”

“We welcome these proposals and would like to thank the community for their co-operation and feedback in helping us reach this proposed way forward.”

The report will be considered by the council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 26th June and the authority is required to submit its final approved plan to Welsh Government by 30th June 2019.

You can read the report here

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