Shadow Minister comments on coal tips report

Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – is concerned at the report into coal tips in Wales, which has found that some 600 have been classed as "high-risk". The investigation was conducted a year on from a 60,000-tonne landslip caused by Storm Dennis in early 2020 at Tylorstown, in Rhondda.

Mrs Finch-Saunders commented:

“The damage wreaked by Storms Ciara, Dennis, and others at the start of 2020 devastated lives, homes, and businesses in Wales, especially communities in former mining areas where the effect on redundant coal tips must have caused great anxiety for residents.

“In a clear demonstration of the value of Wales in a strong United Kingdom, some £31 million was provided for flood damage remediation work to be carried out.

“The longer-term considerations and any remedial work for the coal tips in question will be a massive task, and one that only a strong Welsh Government working with the UK Government can fix.”

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