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Ref: Public Right of Way Violet Street Aberaman to Old Canal Head Aberdare

For the attention of John C. Spanswick Green Spaces Manager Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
Ref: Public Right of Way Violet Street Aberaman to Old Canal Head Aberdare

The first heave rain of the winter and the Right of Way (ROW) is imposable to use, the money spent back in the summer employing contractors to install new water pumps and ancillary electrical works etc. There is also a maintenance contract that we the taxpayer are forking out for.
Having had a meeting with one of your officers at the canal head where we were informed that at the end of last month the canal would be cleaned out of silt and vegetation. It would seem at the moment that water is just running back down the discharge pipe and flooding the ROW under the bridge.

As the council is aware of the problem and has been for over a year there is no excuse for this ROW to be repeatedly unusable to the public at the first drop of heave rain.

What is the program for cleaning out the canal what is the start date?
What has the council done to obtain confirmation that where all the water that discharges from the canal the owners clean out the watercourse?

We am aware you are not responsible for other landowners but they have a responsibility

As you are well aware if this watercourse is not cleaned out completely from the canal head to the new the Flood Relief Channel Persimmon Homes Development site Coed Dyffryn.

Will the next problem be flooding on the railway line and no train services?

We await your response

Stacey Delbridge
Public Rights of Way Officer

John C. Spanswick
Green Spaces Manager

(Parks Development & Countryside)
Llwyncastan Offices
Library Road
CF37 2YA