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Data on Wales’s disused coal tips published

Abersychan chimney an old building left over from the Welsh Industrial mining in the South Wales Valleys, Pontypool

The number of disused coal tips in Wales has been made publicly available today (14 November 2023) with interactive maps showing the locations of the 350 that are inspected more frequently.

The publication of the data comes after the Coal Tip Safety Taskforce was established following the landslide in Tylorstown in February 2020.

A key objective from the taskforce was to address the gap in information around disused coal tips and, as a result, the Coal Authority were commissioned to lead on a data collection project by Minister for Climate Change, Julie James.

In October 2021, the Welsh Government published a breakdown of tips by Local Authority and classifications where sites that require frequent inspections were labelled as C and D.

The Welsh Government has written to more than 1,500 landowners and almost 600 occupiers of properties across Wales to inform them that they have all, or part of a disused coal tip on their land.

Maintenance and inspection work will continue as usual, and the Welsh Government has made an additional £44.4 million available to Local Authorities for work to continue on both public and privately owned tips.

The Welsh Government has set up a dedicated webpage and is also holding drop-in sessions in communities impacted across Wales and hosting online events to support residents affected.

For further information please select the following link: Data on Wales’s disused coal tips published