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Problems with the Aberdare Canal

Andrew Morgan leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council having had Photographs sent to AberdareOnline by local resident showing work that has been done cleaning out the channel of the Aberdare Canal watercourse at its point where the Nant-Y-Gaugarn enters the main canal watercourse.


As can be seen from the photographs the spoil or mud removed from the Canal watercourse has been just dumped on the adjoining canal banks.

Is this procedure of dumping at the side of the watercourse cost effective as rain will just wash the spoil or mud removed back into the watercourse, defeating the main objective of keeping the channel clear.


The man problem with the canal is the culvert that is not fit for purpose; this culvert has a long and unresolved history of instigating regular flooding by heavy rain the culvert not fit for purpose needs to be increased in size.

Perhaps you can explain why this culvert is not included on RCTC’s list of culverts for Cwmbach? 

The small culvert takes all water from the Aberdare Canal and the Nant-Y-Gaugarn watercourse


The culvert is inadequate not fit for purpose and because of this the Aberdare Canal bank has been reduced by over 2FT allowing floodwater to flow over the public right of way PROW and National Cycle Network NCN as landowner Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have an obligation to keep the PROW and NSN open and free from floodwater.