Ystalyfera primary school forced to close after landslide fears

A primary school in the Swansea Valley has been forced to close because of the risk of a landslide.

Parents at Godre’r Graig Primary were told not to take their children to school over concerns a quarry spoil nearby could cause a landslide.

Earth Science Partnership, commissioned by Neath Port Talbot Council, discovered there is a medium level risk from a quarry spoil tip near the school.

Neath Port Talbot Council say the safety of the children is their top priority.

I would like to emphasise that we understand the enormity of this decision, but the safety of our children, staff and residents must be, and has always been, the Council’s priority.

We have concerns about the initial findings which have identified a medium hazard risk linked to the quarry spoil above the school and although further investigative work is needed we have, as a precautionary measure, decided to close the school early ahead of the summer break.

We will be keeping parents informed of developments and arrangements will be made to relocate all the pupils and staff onto an alternative site ready for September. We will work with the Governing Body, the school and the wider community to minimise the effect of this disruption.

– CLLR ROB JONES, COUNCIL LEADER, NEATH PORT TALBOT COUNCIL

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