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Residents asked to report blocked drains and gullies

Despite the current good weather, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is already planning for the winter with extra resources being brought in to carry out further maintenance work to gullies and drains across the County Borough, whilst also allowing planned maintenance work to resume.

As a result of the extra resources, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking for residents help in identifying blocked drains and gullies that require clearing.

In the aftermath of Storm Dennis and subsequent weather events, the Council’s focus has been on carrying out reactive repairs to damaged infrastructure.

Now, ahead of the winter, the Council has secured 2 extra gulley emptiers for a short-term period to further support the 5 normal gulley emptiers/jetting units that the Council possesses.

The extra units will focus on reactive work (responding to reports of blocked gullies raised by residents), whilst also allowing the Council’s existing units to move back to carrying out planned maintenance works and a schedule of gulley cleaning across the County Borough after carrying out reactive work over the past 18 months.

As we turn our attention to the winter months, the Council is asking residents to “help us to help you” by reporting blocked drains and gullies online, which can be done on the Council’s ‘Report It’ webpages or via a link on regular Council social media posts.

All reports received of blocked drains and gullies will be checked to establish if they are due to have work carried out under planned maintenance and then followed up in the very near future by the relevant team.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of RCT Council, said: “The Council has drafted in additional resources to increase our capacity in carrying out gulley/drainage clearance schemes across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“The past 18 months have presented enormous challenges – firstly, through the devastating flooding brought by Storm Dennis which caused widespread damage to infrastructure and followed by subsequent weather events; and secondly through the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed a significant strain on our staffing resources.

“As we begin to reach mid-summer, our attention turns towards the winter months. With so much reactive work being carried out over the last 18 months, it is important that the Council is able to re-start a planned maintenance programme and the extra resources that have been secured will allow for this to resume.

“As part of this, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking residents to ‘help us to help you’ by reporting blocked gullies/drains online – this will help us to ensure that our resources are targeted appropriately in addition to the planned cleaning programmes that are underway.”

You can quickly report blocked drains and gullies online here

Alternatively, you can report a blocked drain or gully via the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01443 425001 (8.30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)

 

Let's Talk Electric Vehicle Charging

As part of our new and exciting Climate Conversation - ‘Let’s Talk Climate Change RCT’ the Council would like your help in shaping the future development of Electric Vehicle Charging across the County Borough.

The use of electric vehicles is increasing year-on-year and it is important that the Council is able to assess the future demand for an EV charging infrastructure within Rhondda Cynon Taf. Future projections indicate that around 8,000 electric vehicles will be owned by residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf by 2030.

‘Let’s Talk Electric Vehicle Charging’ is encouraging residents and local businesses to join in the debate and have their ay and share their views on how we can shape our plans for the future.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “We recognise, that as Council we need to lead the way and support our residents, businesses and visitors travelling within our County Borough who require a suitable infrastructure to charge their vehicles while at work, shopping or going about other business such as visiting leisure centres.

“The use of EV charging stations in public car parks, at kerbside, at our leisure centres and key tourism locations and other publicly-accessible sites may be required to meet an increased demand in the future.

“This is why we need the public engagement now on such an important issue as part of our Let’s Talk RCT/Let’s Talk Climate Change initiative. Your views matter to us, so I urge everyone to visit the website and have their say.”

Our aim is for Rhondda Cynon Taf to be a Carbon Neutral Council by 2030 and that the County Borough will also be as near as possible to Carbon Neutral by then.

Let’s Talk Electric Vehicle Charging

You can give us your feedback and views on the use of electric vehicles and charging points across Rhondda Cynon Taf in our short online survey. We would also like to hear your own experiences of owning or using electric vehicles and help us plot where you think would be a good location for an EV charging unit.

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