Old Betws Colliery site is 'safe', councillors are told
9:41am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Ammanford news
BETWS community councillors are to have a meeting on the site of the old village colliery, following one member’s repeated concerns about tipping.
Alderman Arnallt James has frequently expressed concern about authorised tipping on the site by local firm TRJ. He is also unhappy at the loss of a footpath during the development of the site.
But county councillor Ryan Bartlett said the debate was going over old ground. He said he was happy that the site was safe and suggested that Alderman James had become fixated by the issue.
“It is safe,” he told him.
“We were told that years ago, but you just will not accept that.
“I don’t want to keep going on and on about this – we have been through the history of tipping on this site and every member of this community council has seen the plan.”
Alderman James continued to insist that there was “a problem” with local footpaths and maintained that a viewing platform on the old tip had become difficult to access since the reclamation works of the former tips had started.
Council chairwoman Loreen Lewis replied that it was generally considered that, while the path to the viewing platform was indeed steep, it was still deemed to be walkable.
“Not when you’re as old as I am,” replied Alderman James.
“When I was young, I used to bound up that tip like a rabbit.”
Community clerk Cerith Griffiths reminded members that the ambitious reclamation scheme, which has already drawn plaudits, included the reinstatement of footpaths and the creation of bridlepaths on the site of the former Betws Colliery.
“It may be the case that you are losing one footpath, but you are actually gaining far more,” he told Alderman James.
Cllr Lewis added that she had heard from a third party that “horsey people” had expressed delight over the new bridlepaths of which there was a dearth locally.
Members agreed to a site meeting involving Cllr Bartlett, county council officer Keith James and one Betws councillor, in order to allay the type of concerns expressed in their recent meetings.
TRJ director Dafydd Jones has also said he is happy to discuss ongoing work with Cllr Bartlett to allay fears
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