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Council response to Treforest flooding woefully inadequate

September 11, 2011 5:58 PM

Treforest County Councillor John Bell is furious over what he says is a "completely inadequate response" from RCT Council to problems caused by the recent heavy rainfall.

Yet again areas of Treforest were subjected to flooding with residents in areas such as Cemetery Road left battling to keep the water away from their homes. Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Bell says the Council should have been better prepared

"All week there have been warnings of severe weather heading this way with heavy rain and high winds. The highways department should have made sure that in areas that they know are prone to flooding the drains were cleared and sand bags provided.

"The residents in parts of Glyn Taf were lucky that their houses were not flooded when the drains yet again proved inadequate to take the levels of water coming down off the mountain. In Bryn IIan in particular this was made worse by works which have been undertaken on a patch of land the Council recently sold - against the wishes of the residents and in spite of my objections.

"These problems are not ne here. Yet nothing was done to alleviate the situation. I spent hours on Saturday night trying to track down sand bags but the highways department said they didn't have any.

It is disgraceful. It seems there is money available to employ poets and artists to inscribe fine words on the paving stones in the town centre but not to provide for essentials. We have questioned before whether the Cabinet member for Highways earns his salary - the answer yet again seems to be no."