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CCBC seeks extra support to tackle waste quarry site

Posted on : 05 May 2023

CCBC seeks extra support to tackle waste quarry site
Councillor Sean Morgan, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council

The Leader of Caerphilly county borough council is backing calls from the community for Welsh Government to provide further support for local authorities to deal with contaminated waste sites.

Caerphilly council is currently managing ongoing issues linked to the former Ty Llwyd quarry site near the village of Ynysddu.

Cllr Sean Morgan said, “As Leader of Caerphilly council, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the community in seeking a resolution to the ongoing concerns caused by historic dumping of material at the Ty Llwyd quarry site.

The contamination of the land dates back over 50 years and the council has inherited this long-standing problem, along with the significant challenge of effectively managing the site – particularly during periods of heavy rainfall.

I share the concerns of residents about the impact on the community and the local environment, but I would like to assure everyone that the council continues to work closely with our regulators and we are complying with all relevant legislation and guidance. 

I would welcome a positive intervention from Welsh Government, particularly if it results in additional support and funding being made available to help us and other local authorities deal with the legacy of our industrial past.”

The council’s Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee this week backed a Notice of Motion from local members asking the council to write to Welsh Government for more support. The Notice of Motion was as follows:

“We ask this committee to ask the Council to write to the Welsh Government to support our request to the First Minister Mark Drakeford, for an Independent Public Inquiry and to investigate and facilitate funding within the Environmental Protection Act Part Two A Second Part Process, on the Ty Llwyd Quarry.”

This will now be considered at a meeting of Full Council in the Summer to seek formal agreement from CCBC councillors.

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