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COUNCIL LEADER STATEMENT - WHITEWASH EXAMPLE
(our notes in red)
There has been a great deal of rumour and misinformation on social media in particular about the planning permission that was granted on 14th September 2020 (under application ref. P2020/0195) for residential development on land South of Heol Y Glyn, Glynneath, that requires further explanation and clarification.
The level of rumour and misinformation and allegations against officers and councillors have called into question the council’s role in this application and as such a statement is necessary in this regard.
(the site is misrepresented on the Local Development Plan)
(the historic planning permission
failed to take into account the complex nature and historical use of the
(The site has been found contaminated twice with industrial contaminants, there are eyewitness reports by residents of barrels that potentially contain toxic waste being brought onto the site and buried. This information has been supplied to Natural Resources Wales, Neath-Port Talbot Council and Glynneath Town Council. The eyewitness report has not been investigated)
They also include serious and unsubstantiated allegations about the conduct of officers and councillors, stating that the Planning Department has colluded with the former site owners to hide contaminated land, which would constitute a breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
(Evidence of this breach has been
provided to NPTC, no counter evidence has been offered to dispute the
breach of the 1990 EPA - The facts presented to the council prove
otherwise - see EGRAC report 1 - CLICK
Every member of the planning
committee was provided with this document - see EGRAC report 1 - CLICK
The site has never been tested fully, the Contaminated Land Officer stated this in his presentation. The council were provided eyewitness reports of barrels potentially containing toxic waste being dumped at the site, the Council Leader has no basis with which to make the statement "The levels of contamination are not unusual or dangerous".
In addition, the planning conditions imposed a formal mechanism to deal with ‘unexpected contamination’. Moreover, the development of the site will now be the catalyst for works which will ensure that any contamination at the site will be remediated in the near future. (
The developer was breaking the
conditions in front of Neath-Port Talbot Councillors at the time of this
statement. Three weeks later the council had to impose a banning order on
the developer Enzo from working on the site because he was breaking the
At this time NPTC Councillors were
working with the developer to break the conditions. NPTC were ignoring
reports by locals about this and only put the banning order on the
developer after it was reported to the NPTC that they were tipping in the
neighbouring county of Powys by the Powys Contaminated Land Officer.
POSTED ON NPTC FACEBOOK PAGE
It would seem the council leader has released a generic denial of wrong doing, it has no value and is a waste of council tax payer's money, On the 7 September, 17 (seventeen) NPTC Councillors were supplied with this document that is specific and to the point and includes documentary evidence that NPTC Broke the Environmental Protection Act.
The Council Leader has also been supplied with this document.
The document offers NPTC the opportunity to refute the allegations which the council leader has failed to do with his statement. Our allegation that Neath-Port Talbot Council broke the 1990 Environmental Protection Act still stands until contrary documentary evidence is supplied.
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