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Ground investigations at privately-owned Graig Ddu Tip in Dinas

Written by on 26th October 2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has appointed a contractor to carry out ground investigations at Graig Ddu Tip in Dinas. Work will inform a detailed review of the site and enable additional monitoring on top of ongoing regular inspections.

Jackson Drilling Holdings Ltd will begin the investigatory work within the historical colliery spoil tip from this week. The tip is located above Graigddu Road in Dinas, and the site is in private ownership. The upcoming scheme is funded through Welsh Government’s Coal Tips Safety Grant.

Initial enabling work will begin from today, with the ground investigations following over the next four weeks. All work taking place from Monday, November 1, will require a Stop/Go system for motorists – with this traffic management ensuring the safe flow of traffic across Graigddu Road.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “Managing all former colliery spoil tips in Rhondda Cynon Taf is a priority issue for the Council – working alongside key stakeholders such as the Welsh Government and The Coal Authority. The Graig Ddu Tip in Dinas is a site that requires more focused attention and further investigation.

“The upcoming ground investigations will ensure we can further understand the condition of the tip, and allow us to monitor it further over time. While traffic management will be required over the next four weeks, the work is not expected to cause much disruption locally due the tip’s location. Thanks in advance to the residents in the area for their cooperation throughout.

“Elsewhere, work continues to progress on the Tylorstown Landslip, with phases two and three of the Remediation Plan completed this summer. This included embankment scour repairs, removal of spoil material to receptor sites and opening two paths through the site. Additional work, to stabilise the slope above the remaining closed path, is on course for completion this autumn.

“Work also started at the Wattstown Standard Tip from October 18, to protect the face of the tip and manage the potential for further movement, thanks to a partnership between the Council, Welsh Government and The Coal Authority.”