As rainfall increases across the UK and floods continue to be a problem for many towns around the country, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is taking action!
Over 372 homes and three businesses are set to benefit from over £2.5M of funding for flood alleviation works, thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government.
The Council realises the effects that climate change is having on our weather system and increased rainfall continues to heighten the risk of flooding to our local towns and streets.
Whist it’s not possible to prevent flooding which is a natural process that will happen regardless of the actions of society, as a Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf is continuing to seek funding to support investment in steps to manage the risks flooding presents and attempting to reduce both its frequency and consequence.
As a result, four key areas are scheduled to see much needed improvements that will address the long standing flooding problem around the Nant Gwawr, Aberaman, the Nant y Fedw, Abercynon, the Nant Cae Dudwg, Cilfynydd and Bwlfa Road, Cwmdare.
All four areas have seen flooding in recent years and it is hoped that this funding will now reduce the risk to future flooding events taking place.
Initial works on the design and development phases are set to begin on all four schemes as soon as possible and, subject to statutory approvals and final confirmation of funding, works are expected to be complete by Spring 2015.
"We are committed to managing the risks of flooding across Rhondda Cynon Taf. We can never stop or fully prevent flooding, but we can manage the risks and reduce the consequences. The Council is continuing to invest in our flood defences despite UK government austerity measures, which will see the Council face a budget gap of at least £56M over the next four years.
“The Council will no doubt face some extremely difficult decisions in the next few months and years ahead but we will continue to invest and protect the frontline services that matter most to our residents..
"I know that the four key areas have been hit by flooding a number of times in the past and I am very happy that these schemes will now move forward to help 372 homes and three businesses within our County Borough.”
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, added: “Areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf have been suffering from flooding for many years and this funding will help the Council to tackle four key areas that have previously been affected by the devastation that flooding can cause. It is hoped that these works will help to try and eradicate some of the risk.
“As a Council we are continuing to do all we can to prepare ourselves for the increasing problem of flooding and this funding announcement further demonstrates our commitment to ensure that we protect our residents as far as we possibly can.”
In May 2013 the Council successfully announced the completion of the multi-million-pound Rhydyfelin Flood Alleviation Scheme, which improved flood protection to around 280 residential properties, Heol y Celyn Primary School as well as local roads and the Taff Trail cycle route – further demonstrating the Council’s commitment to tackling this national problem.
For further information on flooding in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/flooding or call 01443 827700.