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Godre’r Graig Updates

Update 7/10/2021

The latest report from Earth Science Partnership has been published.

Given the hazard caused by the Cilmaengwyn spoil tip and its location in relation to the school building, the council commissioned further work from ESP to investigate remediation options for the tip.

The report sets out remediation options and associated risks and costs.

Update 9/3/2021

Residents living in an area near a quarry spoil tip in Godre’r Graig have been informed that the landslide risk to their properties is ‘low to very low’.

This follows a report by geological experts Earth Science Partnership (ESP) who, in addition to the investigation work focusing on the local primary school, were commissioned by Neath Port Talbot Council to carry out additional work, covering a wider area in the village of Godre’r Graig.

During their previous investigation work ESP discovered a medium level risk from a quarry spoil tip above Godre’r Graig Primary School which led to the temporary relocation of the school.

Mindful of concerns from local residents, the council asked ESP to carry out further detailed investigations and ground modelling to establish if there is any potential impact upon the residential area surrounding the school.

Previous updates

  • Relocation of Godre’r Graig Primary School: Position update (28 August 2019) - Neath Port Talbot Council’s plan to provide demountable classrooms for use by Godre’r Graig Primary School pupils in their own dedicated area at Cwmtawe Community School is on track to be completed by the first week of September.

  • Godre’r Graig Primary School update (22 August 2019) - Neath Port Talbot Council’s plan to provide demountable classrooms for use by Godre’r Graig Primary School pupils in their own dedicated area at Cwmtawe Community School is on track to be completed by the first week of September.

  • Planning application update (26 July 2019). The planning application can be viewed here
  • Information for local residents (12 July 2019)
    Residents in the vicinity of Godre’r Graig Primary School will receive letters this afternoon from the council to clarify why the decision to close the school was made and setting out the next steps. More...
  • Godre’r Graig Primary School Update (12 July 2019)
    The Council was yesterday acting in response to early information received from our specialist geotechnical advisers. Our main focus is the hazard linked directly with the quarry spoil above the school playground. More...

  • School shut for safety reasons as geological risk found (11 July 2019)
    Godre’r Graig Primary School has been closed after geological experts found there was a potential landslide risk to the school’s playground.
    Earth Science Partnership (ESP), the experts commissioned by Neath Port Talbot Council, discovered there is a medium level risk from a quarry spoil tip near the school after the Council asked them to extend their extensive landslide risk investigation work carried out in nearby Pantteg, Ystalyfera. More...