Swansea Valley residents' anger over landslip
HOMEOWNERS in a landslipped Swansea Valley street have been left furious, after it was revealed they could be paid just under £5,000 if their houses have to be bought by the local authority.
Thirteen homes in Panteg, Ystalyfera, were evacuated on December 22, after tons of mud, debris and slid down the rock surface, blocking the road.
But just a month and days after the incident, people living in the street were told during a meeting of the community council's resident's association, that if a compulsory purchase order of their homes had to be made by Neath Port Talbot Council, the "statutory amount" payable would be £4,600.
The news came on Thursday evening, just hours ahead of a visit by Neath MP Peter Hain on Friday.
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Marie Scott and husband Kain Scott, have been left reeling on hearing the news - especially as their property was valued at £150,000 only last year.
"We've got a load of land and everything out the back of our property," said Mrs Scott.
"We've got a mortgage. There are some people on the street who own their properties outright though.
"If they think we're going to accept that, well I'm not going anywhere."
Mrs Scott said she was again beginning to worry, with the forecast showing more wet weather for the region.