Call to end Varteg mining moves

AN ABERSYCHAN councillor has called on Glamorgan Power Company to leave the residents of the Varteg “in peace”, following the decision to refuse its appeal to opencast mine 256,000 tonnes of coal from the area.

Cllr Wayne Tomlinson said he believes locals should be “left to live without the fear and concern of opencast mining hanging over them any longer”, after Carl Sargeant, Welsh Government housing minister, brought to an end several years of uncertainty for homeowners.

He made his feelings known at the Torfaen County Borough Council (TCBC) full council Christmas meeting, calling Glamorgan Power – who had appealed following the council’s rejection of the plan at Varteg Hill – “arrogant” in its handling of the issue.

In a statement he said: “Like my other ward councillors, I am relieved that the minister turned down the appeal. For at least ten years residents living at the Varteg have been subjected to the uncertainty of living near an opencast mine, and within that Glamorgan Power has shown nothing other than arrogance to the people living there.

“Not once in all those years did they consult with residents other than showing plans that they were going to opencast mine very near to their homes, and that it was coming to them whether they liked it or not.

“Had the company at the very outset of their application embarked on a consultation path involving residents in the setting up of a liaison group then just maybe things could have been a little different.”

Cllr Tomlinson, who lives in Garndiffiath, re-iterated his stance this week.

“Hopefully people can now get on with their lives without the fear of it near their homes,” he added. “They should be left in peace.”

He also thanked Duncan Smith, chief of planning at TCBC, and his team, for being “open and transparent” with the public during and following the appeal.

Glamorgan Power can yet appeal again against the decision, through judicial review. They could also submit a fresh planning application with an amended Section 106 proposal, which would meet the minister’s recommendations with regard to restoration of the site.

The company did not respond to a request for a comment.

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9:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

Sorry Wayne but living nowhere near to the proposed works you have little to say on the matter.

Yes, you may be a Councillor, but you are supposed to represent ALL of your constituents not just put your personal opinions into the public domain, especially when a substantial number do not agree with you.

Your remit in this cased is not express an opinion as a Councillor in such a public manner. Best to keep quiet for fear of being declared biased. even more so when a perfectly legal constituted inquiry found in favour, after much scientific and industrial evidence was presented to it.

What have you got that belies all that substantial evidence apart from some almost indefinable unsound and over emotive rhetoric based on nothing but you don't like it. I am sure your neighbour Dr Cox will have plenty to say, rather than put yourself in the firing line, it may have been more diplomatic, not to say, appropriate, to leave him to be so forthright.

I will be certain to OPPOSE ANY AND ALL WORK on the British using the exact same terms that Sargent found against Varteg, the main one being that 500 mtre zone, which, in case it escapes your notice, also applies to ANY and ALL landscaping for the same reasons it has been applied to Varteg. Dust, Noise and Polluted atmosphere.as well as close proximity to houses etc. Far more in fact than in Varteg.

You can rely on me to stir the pot with all living around it, if and when any proposals for cleaning up the British comes on stream.

Sauce for the goose........
Sorry Wayne but living nowhere near to the proposed works you have little to say on the matter. Yes, you may be a Councillor, but you are supposed to represent ALL of your constituents not just put your personal opinions into the public domain, especially when a substantial number do not agree with you. Your remit in this cased is not express an opinion as a Councillor in such a public manner. Best to keep quiet for fear of being declared biased. even more so when a perfectly legal constituted inquiry found in favour, after much scientific and industrial evidence was presented to it. What have you got that belies all that substantial evidence apart from some almost indefinable unsound and over emotive rhetoric based on nothing but you don't like it. I am sure your neighbour Dr Cox will have plenty to say, rather than put yourself in the firing line, it may have been more diplomatic, not to say, appropriate, to leave him to be so forthright. I will be certain to OPPOSE ANY AND ALL WORK on the British using the exact same terms that Sargent found against Varteg, the main one being that 500 mtre zone, which, in case it escapes your notice, also applies to ANY and ALL landscaping for the same reasons it has been applied to Varteg. Dust, Noise and Polluted atmosphere.as well as close proximity to houses etc. Far more in fact than in Varteg. You can rely on me to stir the pot with all living around it, if and when any proposals for cleaning up the British comes on stream. Sauce for the goose........ varteg1

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