Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has begun work on the Cwmaman Flood Alleviation Scheme.
During May, the Council published a statutory notice signalling its intention to start land drainage works, to reduce the risk of flooding at Glanaman Road, alleviating risk to residential properties and critical infrastructure sites.
The works area is on the Nant Aman Fawr, and 0.5km away from the nearest residential area. Advanced ecology works began on site during July.
Meanwhile, good progress continues to be made on the construction of the £7.2m primary school a short distance away on Glanaman Road – and the Council will re-use suitable excess material produced by the school development as engineering fill material for the flood alleviation scheme.
Under the original plan, thousands of tonnes of material would have been transported from the school site through the village of Cwmaman.
Instead, after rigorous testing of the materials for their suitability, the new cost-effective and sustainable approach will see much of it transported to the flood alleviation scheme site nearby, where it will be re-used.
It will also prevent the need to ‘bring in’ new material for the flood alleviation scheme, which would have also been transported back through the village.
The Council has recently received the relevant permissions to carry out this process, which begins from Monday, July 24.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “The planned flood alleviation scheme for Cwmaman shows that the Council is investing in the right areas to improve and safeguard local communities, and following advanced ecology works the main part of the project will begin.
“With good progress also being made on the new £7.2m primary school nearby, an opportunity has become available to re-use suitable excess materials from the school project to develop the flood alleviation scheme.
“This will significantly reduce disruption for local people, as they were faced with thousands of tonnes of material being transported through the narrow streets of Cwmaman by large vehicles.
“Under the new plan, a significant amount of this material will be hauled in the opposite direction to be re-used on the site of the flood alleviation scheme – causing much less disruption whilst delivering the primary school and the flood alleviation scheme in a sustainable and cost-effective way.”