Ystalyfera residents on Panteg landslide: 'We want to know if we are still in the danger zone'
RESIDENTS evacuated from their Swansea Valley homes due to a landslide have welcomed the news that clean-up work is nearing completion.
Thirteen homes in Panteg, Ystalyfera, were evacuated on December 22, after tonnes of mud and debris slid down the rock surface, blocking the road.
Specialist engineers working for Neath Port Talbot Council moved into the area in January to make the area safe, amid concerns about further slippage, and appealed for residents to stay away from their homes while work was under way, but most moved back into their properties.
Neath Port Talbot Council says much of the work has now been completed, but are unable to say exactly when work will be over. Around three-quarters of the clean-up of debris has now been completed, and ten tonnes of waste removed from the site.
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Pedestrian access was opened up last month, and work to improve the canal towpath has been undertaken.
And the electricity supply and street lights have been moved.
One resident, Kain Scott, said: "The place is coming back to shape.
"Everyone is back in their homes as normal, but we haven't been updated as to what is going on.
"We want to know if we are still in the danger zone, but won't know until the work is completed. Workers are doing all they can; they have diverted all the water now."
Mr Scott said one property has had to be torn down, and its resident moved to a rented property at the end of the terrace.
But he added residents were concerned about the affect on the price of their properties following the landslide.
The first work to make the site safe involved clearing the debris left by the landslide.
Heavy rain after Christmas and over the new year caused further movement of mud and debris, resulting in parts of the hillside continuing to be unstable.
Workers then concentrated on carrying out essential safety work, including the removal of a cargo container and the clearance of some trees.