Take responsibility for fallen Abertridwr wall, Caerphilly Council is told
News | Gareth Axenderrie | Published: 15:00, Monday January 8th, 2018.
Last updated: 15:00, Monday January 8th, 2018
A community has warned Caerphilly County Borough Council that people risk being hurt or even killed if responsibility isn’t taken for a collapsed wall in Abertridwr.
Aber Valley Community Council recently passed a motion calling for action from council officers regarding the wall on the road leading to St Annes Gardens, which collapsed in August 2016.
Since then, the wall has remained unrepaired, and despite inspections conducted by the county borough council, residents fear further collapse is likely.
A motion from Aber Valley Community Council has called on Caerphilly County Borough Council to take responsibility for ensuring the safety of road users.
The motion reads: “The highway retaining wall in St Annes Gardens, part of which collapsed over a year ago, is in a dangerous and deteriorating condition because parts of it are leaning outwards over the pavement below.
“Caerphilly County Borough Council claims to be monitoring its condition but, because of the bushes which overhang the top of the wall, it is impossible to gauge how much it is leaning at its highest.
“This [community] council believes that Caerphilly County Borough Council has the responsibility for ensuring the safety of those who use the road and we fear that the wall will collapse and that when it does it could kill, and or injure, road users.
“This council therefore calls on Caerphilly County Borough Council to make the safety of the wall an urgent priority and make it safe before the wall collapses further.”
Following the collapse, affected homeowners were sent letters from Caerphilly County Borough Council, stating they were required to repair the leaning wall, estimated to cost up to £15,000, or face further action. However, residents have voiced their dissatisfaction with responsibility being placed on them.
The wall is believed to affect up to as many as ten homes in St Annes Gardens, and the residents – who have formed a group – have previously sought legal advice in an attempt to reach a suitable outcome.
Councillor John Roberts of the Aber Valley ward said: “It has been a long time since the wall collapsed, and there seems to have been no movement [from Caerphilly Council]. My colleagues and I have been in contact with officers who tell us they’re monitoring the wall, but we want to know what the latest is.
“It’s no longer just a problem for those residents directly affected, it’s now an issue for the wider community who travel on the road. We believe the time has come to move on with this.”