'Clean up our neighbourhood'
DEMANDS are being made for action to tidy up one of the gateways to Port Talbot which is said to be in a derelict state.
Residents living near Pentyla have complained of eyesore buildings, rats, drugs and even prostitutes.
Now people living in Wellfield Road are demanding action not just to improve the look of nearby Pentyla but also the quality of tenants housing associations are giving homes to there.
Last September there were complaints from Wellfield Road about the state of buildings in Pentyla, with overflowing bins that were attracting rats.
During a Pact meeting then, it was claimed police armed with Tasers were a regular sight.
At the latest meeting, one Wellfield Road resident said: "There was a reaction. (Baglan councillors) Peter Richards and John Tallamy came there the next morning and looked at the state of the front of the houses.
"You often see the police response unit with their huge vans and black uniforms, bashing in premises.
"In Wellfield Road just about everybody is geriatric and with Alzheimer's. We have very elderly people who do no harm to anybody.
"I've come here to ask the council and police to get together with Link and Coastal about the quality of people they are taking in."
She claimed there was prostitution going on, and she had reported it to the police.
"The pimp parks on our street. We see him picking up the girls and drives off. He goes to sleep in our street in the afternoon.
"I want something done about it. We don't have children but if we did I would be appalled if they were playing in the street when these girls were trotting up and down with hardly any clothes on."
Mr Tallamy told residents: "I have raised it with the housing association to see if they can consider what type of tenants they put there in the future."
After the meeting, Port Talbot sector inspector Karl Eenmaa said: "We have already investigated these claims which were made by one local resident and have found no evidence to support what she is saying."
Councillors Juliet Hopkins and Peter Richards said they had not heard of any concerns about prostitutes.
As for the state of the buildings, Mr Richards added: "There were problems with the condition of two properties.
"One is derelict and being monitored but the owner of the other is refurbishing it."