Keep Wales Tidy has been awarded more than £30,000 in Welsh Government funding as part of a project to improve Gelligaer Common, which has been affected by a spate of fly-tipping in recent times.
The funding comes as part of a £700,000 investment in projects across Wales aiming to boost biodiversity, transform green spaces and reduce waste.
The funding has been raised from the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme (LDTCS).
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The scheme, which is managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), is providing funding of between £5,000 and £50,000 for 16 different projects.
In total, £32,019 will go to Keep Wales Tidy to “Improve an area of Merthyr and Gelligaer Common which is important for heritage and greenspace”, according to the Welsh Government.
In a statement, the Welsh Government also said: “This area is heavily affected by fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour and the project will tackle these issues with education, illegal vehicle prevention, heritage and habitat restoration.”
Caerphilly AM Hefin David welcomed the announcement, saying: “I’ve met with the team at Keep Wales Tidy and support the work they are doing both to clean up the common and discourage further tipping.
“This funding will enable that excellent work to continue. I will also be writing to Caerphilly Council as part of my response to their budget consultation to urge them to further support measures to reduce unlawful tipping and will publish the full letter shortly.”