March 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm #76799
I know one of the householders, but there have also been several comments made to the press and on the group’s Twitter page. I agree, personaly I wouldn’t care where it came from as long as it didn’t cost me, it’s the delay caused by uk govt refusing to take any responsibility (as they did in Scotland) while residents & WG waited for a commitment on splitting costs 50-50 that’s annoyed them. All could have been sorted sooner through action from central gov. But all’s well that ends well etc. Until next time, that is…March 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm #76820
It’ll be one or two ungrateful SoAndSo’s Taff, not all of them.
Some people should count their lucky stars they’re not living elsewhere in the EU where a less caring government would not only leave them to pick up the bill would force them to do so.March 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm #76826
Definitely, I never thought they’d get it paid for. Only fair as the pollution was nothing to do with them, but the right thing to do isn’t always done by the authorities! Glad someone has stepped up this time though.March 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm #76981
I realise that as the householders they did not cause the problem but why should taxpayers pay for industrial waste problems that the ‘authorities’ should have dealt with. This is going to open an avalanche of claims — the Minister Carl Sargent says it won’t set a precedent — once the first payment is made a precedent is in place. This is going to cost Wales £millions.
The amount of ‘reclaimed’ land from mining , steel works and other heavy industry is 1000 of acres.
If you are not from the area that you are living in fnd someone over the age of 60 and ask them what was on the land before your house was built.March 28, 2015 at 12:25 am #77127
Thing is Peter, would you really ask detailed, historical, geological and environmental questions of people who often struggle to remember where they left their glasses?March 28, 2015 at 9:40 am #78775
They may forget where they out their glasses but the memory of older people about the past is far better.
Can you remind me what I wrote!!March 28, 2015 at 10:46 am #78779
Something about ‘Who’s coat is that jacket’, if I recall correctly.March 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm #79589
So-called ‘precedents’ are broken willy nilly, as we’ve seen by the UK gov agreeing to pay half for residents in Scotland and not offering the residents in this case a penny! It’s a tricky one Peter, but what’s the alternative – make these householders pay thousands of pounds for something that’s not their fault? The Assembly wasn’t even in existence when these homes were build and the surveys were (we presume) done, so out of them, the UK gov and the council they’re the ones with least responsibility to help the residents. And yet they have. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no particular lover of the Welsh gov, but they’ve stepped up this time. I don’t mind a few pence of my taxes going towards helping them!March 30, 2015 at 8:27 am #80070
There is such a thing as professional and public indemnity insurance which is what the original assessors and solicitors would have in place. If someone dies from an industrial illness such as asbestosis then a claim is made against their previous employer even if it is 40 years ago and they have been taken over- this principle should apply here
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