26th September 2021

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Road closed as hole appears under Llanelli road bridge

MYSTERY surrounds the disappearance of water from the river Lliedi in Llanerch. While on one side of the bridge the water is flowing freely on the other side the river bed has all but dried up.

Usually in full flow: Lliedi River

Below the bridge a hole has appeared and a large volume of water is disappearing down the hole.

Local resident Heather Peters has been monitoring the situation. She said: “Welsh Water were here all day Sunday. The council and NRW turned up this evening and the council have closed the road. The Fire Service just returned to the station but they had to do a U turn as the road was closed.”

Road Closure: The river bridge at Llanerch

It is not the first hole to open up in the area, which has an enormous underground sewage tank beneath the playing field. Readers may remember that the county council were planning to build a school on the site of the playing field beside the river. Local residents warned against the build with some claiming that there were also mine shafts in the area.

Letter sent to council in 2018: Could you please lodge this as an objection on the planning ref S/37111 in relation to the sink hole which is confirmed as 3′ x 2′ sinkhole on Nantyfelin adjacent to the proposed site. Please acquaint yourself with the map below outlining mine entities/ seams / and workings adjacent to and under your proposed site.

A 3 x 2 metre hole opened up on Nantyfelin Road. That was promptly filled with concrete by the county council.

Sharing his concerns: Lee Waters MS posted on social media

Lee Waters MS took to social media to post a video of the hole and said: “Just been down to see the river Lliedi under the bridge on Heol Goffa in Llanelli and worrying to see the river drying up and what appears to be a hole has opened up where the water is flowing. I’ve alerted NRW and Carmarthenshire Council and their teams are investigating

Local councillor Rob James said: “This afternoon I visited the River Lliedi and was shocked to see the state of the river, with water draining away under the bridge via a large hole.

Shocked and hoping to see the issue resolved: Cllr Rob James

“This evening I spoke with the County Council officers and Lee Waters MS to ensure that immediate action was taken.

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“I hope the issue is resolved as soon as possible.”

We contacted Welsh Water and the County Council for comment.

A spokesperson from Welsh Water said:

Our team is on site at Afon Lleidi assisting with investigations into the cause of a sink hole.   They have also worked to repair a damaged sewer pipe located nearby.

We will continue to work with other agencies to establish the cause of the sink hole.” 

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