Ystalyfera residents told to leave homes over landslide fears

Residents of Cyfyng Road in Ystalyfera have been told to evacuate their homes Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Families in a Swansea Valley have been asked to leave their homes following fears over an 'imminent' landslide putting their lives at risk.

Fifteen houses are at risk of collapse from further landslides at the rear of their homes. Residents of Cyfyng Road in Ystalyfera were given letters from Neath Port Talbot Council telling them to leave as a 'matter of public safety.'

They call the situation a "Category One Hazard" where emergency action has to be taken.

The warning comes following a series of landslips on the hillside behind the properties.

Just six months ago, the street was hit with a landslide which tore down trees. They are not uncommon in the area with incidents dating back to 2012.

There have been two landslides this year which tore down trees behind the homes Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Some residents have already moved out, but there are some who are refusing.

Paul Harris who moved in to his house on the street in November, has already witnessed two landslides this year.

He told ITV News the damage behind his home is still visible.

He is refusing to leave his home because he said the temporary accommodation offered to him is unsuitable as he is not allowed to take his dogs with him.

Paul Harris is just one of the residents told to leave his home. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales