Plans include the demolition of dwellings and relocation of a footpath on the southern side of Hafodyrynys Road at Woodside Terrace. The council has been working with the residents of properties 1 – 20 Woodside Terrace and 1 & 2 Woodside Shops and Yr Adfa, to set in motion the compulsory purchase of the properties. The compulsory purchase of these properties at 150% was agreed by the council’s Cabinet in 2019.
The scheme will reduce the high levels of pollution and have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the remaining residents on the northern side of the A472, the wider community and those travelling through the area.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader of the council said, “We welcome the Minister’s endorsement of our plans, which will help improve air quality along this key strategic route.
We have always maintained that we must put the interests of the residents of Hafodyrynys first and our proposals really are a ‘win-win’ for all concerned. Demolition of the properties will allow us to achieve air quality compliance in the shortest possible timeframe and the residents affected have been offered a fair financial settlement.
It has been a long and complex process to arrive at this stage and I would like to thank the community for their co-operation and feedback in helping us reach this conclusion.”
The council will now proceed with plans for demolition of the properties; residents will be updated on progress.