Cwmavon Road to close for five days during Easter holidays
VILLAGERS in the Afan Valley are facing five days of road disruption during the Easter school holidays.
Neath Port Talbot Council is having to close a section of the B4286 Cwmavon Road to remove trees from the bank overlooking it.
It is the third time since 2008 that the road has been shut, although the two previous occasions were both because of landslides.
Cwmavon councillor David Williams said next month's work would cause horrendous inconvenience but hoped residents would understand that it was necessary.
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The work will be carried out along the road near the Copper Miners estate from Monday, April 8, until the following Friday.
Traffic heading in and out of Cwmavon will be diverted via Ynysygwas Hill.
"I appreciate it is going to be horrendous, but it is something that we have to do," said Mr Williams.
"If you look up the bank there are two or three large oak trees that are uprooted and have become intertwined with other trees. You can see the roots sticking up in the air.
"That is the problem we've got. The alternative to not doing the job is to risk having those trees come down. If that happened there would be hell to pay."
Tonnes of earth and debris collapsed onto the B4286 at Pantdu, on the outskirts of Cwmavon, on New Year's Eve, 2010 — just a few hundred yards from where a landslip caused havoc in August, 2008.
Part of next month's operation will involve bringing in a giant crane, which will remain in place across the five days.
It is understood the decision was made to carry out the work during the school holiday because the road would be quieter.
Mr Williams said: "It is unfortunate. I have asked if the road could be reopened during the night but I was told that was not possible because of the size of the crane.
"It is huge and on tracks, not wheels, and cannot be moved.
"I appreciate this is going to cause a great deal of disruption for residents but I hope they understand this is something we have to do."