Press Release

Coal Authority Update for Skewen Residents – Friday 19 February

19 February 2021

We continue to work in collaboration with partners and other agencies in Skewen to support and provide assistance to local residents.

Mineshaft remediation and mine water management system

This week we have been co-ordinating with broadband service providers to realign them and this work will be complete by next week. We’ve had contractors on site to discuss flow monitoring of the mineshaft and help inform our plans for the new mine water management system.

Next week we will close the cul-de-sac entrance to Goshen Park and establish a compound for our staff and contractors to work in safely. This will allow us to expose the area around the mineshaft, finalise investigations and begin remediation works.

Construction works will only take place between Monday and Friday, between 8am and 5pm, to minimise disruption for local residents. Access for this work will be via Drummau Road.

The new temporary access road for the cul-de-sac and the separate pedestrian access will remain open and will be unaffected by the works.

We will update you when we have more detailed plans for the permanent mine water management system.

Clean up work

Work has continued to remove sludge, mud and debris from around affected houses. Work has focused on Goshen Park and Dynevor Road this week. We have also rodded the drains of affected houses and, once the initial clean up is completed, we will offer a comprehensive check of household drains and carry out final flushes as required.

The clean-up work will continue next week. If you have not already registered for this service and would like us to do the work, please complete our online form, call our residents support helpline, or talk to a member of Coal Authority staff on site.


Garden reinstatement support available

Once the initial clean-up is complete we will start work to support the reinstatement of gardens.

The Coal Authority will provide up to £500 of material (plus VAT) and a reasonable amount of labour for each property affected by flooding. You can request this help by calling the residents helpline or by completing the online form

Full details of our policy to provide clean up and support is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-on-skewen-flooding-response-support



Street level meetings

 

Following our residents meeting on 4 February, we are holding informal street level meetings to hear any further feedback or questions that you have.

Councillor Harvey will be chairing the meetings and details about the meetings will distributed via the community WhatsApp group. If you are not part of the group and would like to be added to it, please contact Councillor Harvey.


Future communication and useful contacts

We will continue to send weekly briefings directly to affected residents via email and publish them on Neath Port Talbot Council’s website.

Read previous updates and FAQs on Neath Port Talbot Councils website at https://www.npt.gov.uk/skewen


If you have any queries regarding your electricity supply, please contact Western Power Customer Services on 0800 096 3080 or visit their website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/

 

Contact us

If you have any questions about our work or you wish to book the help and support we can offer, please call our dedicated Skewen residents support helpline or email us.

Telephone: 0800 2884 268
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Email: customerservice@coal.gov.uk

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