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Flood alleviation scheme to begin in Mountain Ash

The Council will begin works on a highway scheme in Mountain Ash to alleviate the risk of flooding within the Trem-y-Dyffryn housing estate.

The upcoming scheme at Trem-y-Dyffryn, Mountain Ash, will begin in the week commencing Monday, January 28 – and is scheduled to last for approximately five weeks. Work will include the installation of a culvert within the highway, adjacent to the junction at the housing estate’s entrance. The work will require three-way traffic signals at the entrance to Trem-y-Dyffryn.

Minimising the risk of flooding within local communities is a priority for the Council through its #RCTinvest programme. A total of £300,000 was allocated to Land Drainage and Flood Risk Management schemes across the County Borough in the Council’s £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19.  The Council also made a further £100,000 available to respond to the damage caused by Storm Callum last year, with further additional funding to be announced.

This investment has also included an £89,000 scheme at Park Road in Cwmparc, supported by the Welsh Government, which was completed recently. This corrected a defect and installed a new culvert line within the highway, which has helped protect local properties and businesses. The Council has also primarily completed the first phase of a flood alleviation scheme at Bronallt Terrace, Abercwmboi.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “This upcoming scheme in Mountain Ash will alleviate the flood risk to the Trem-y-Dyffryn estate, with works including the re-direction of several highway gullies and the installation of dedicated connections to alleviate the impact of flooding.

“The Council is committed to alleviating flood risk, with significant funding for several schemes across Rhondda Cynon Taf included in this year’s Highways Capital Programme. An extra £100,000 was allocated by Cabinet following Storm Callum in October 2018 for flood response and investigations.

“The Mountain Ash scheme will get underway shortly, and while temporary traffic signals are required the Council will ensure there is minimal disruption locally. I’d like to thank residents and commuters for their cooperation during the work.”

Meanwhile, from January 7, 2019, there are new requirements relating to surface water drainage for new developments, enforced by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The Council has published additional information on sustainable drainage, and how to apply, on its website.