Welsh government calls on Westminster to help fund safety of coal tips

Welsh government calls on Westminster to help fund safety of coal tips

Rhondda valley residents fearful after recent landslip and UK government pushed to share responsibility

Every time it rains heavily, Cllr Robert Bevan’s phone starts ringing and his social media feed is busy with people worried the coal tip that looms above the village of Tylorstown in south Wales might be in danger of slipping.

“They’re asking me: ‘Rob, is it going to happen again?’ The anxiety, the anguish is terrible,” said Bevan. “While the tip is there, even if you’ve got the best engineers working on it, you can never be sure it’s 100% safe. The tips are an albatross around our necks.”

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