Many residents will be all too familiar with the sorry state of the River Taff as it passes by Radyr and Morganstown. The banks are littered with plastic waste - which looks ugly and can be harmful to wildlife.
The council has today contacted Natural Resources Wales to seek their support in tackling this problem. This is what we told them:
To: Natural Resources Wales
As you know, the River Taff passes by the communities of Radyr and Morganstown, in north-west Cardiff.
For us, the river is a valuable resource - thanks especially to the Taff Trail, which follows the river on its eastern side. The trail is used by many of our residents - and at all times of year. Some use it for their daily commute. Others for a healthy walk. Some chose to picnic near the river. Families use it - as do couples, young people and ramblers.
It is a pity, therefore, that much of the river bank is an ugly mess - with plastic bags and assorted rubbish hanging from the branches of trees overhanging the river. I enclose some pictures for you to see just how bad it looks (see below).
Our view is that the plastic bags and rubbish are carried by the Taff to the river banks passing at Radyr and Morganstown. There is no evidence of any litter on the banks that could blow towards the river. As such, clearing the plastic from the trees overhanging the river would not offer the most sustainable solution. As the rubbish is cleared, more would be washed down by the river.
Clearly, this is an embarrassment. One of Wales’ most famous rivers, which runs through our capital city, is once again an eyesore. And it’s mainly because of plastic waste which has, of course, featured in the news recently (as a threat to wildlife as well as un unpleasant sight).
Could I therefore, on behalf of Radyr and Morganstown Community Council, ask you to bring various agencies together - to identify how and where this rubbish enters the river - and to consider what steps could be taken to prevent that happening in future - and to remove any rubbish that enters the river as soon as possible?
We want to be proud of our river.
Thank you - and best wishes
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council
We will let you know what Natural Resources Wales has to say in reply.
These pictures were taken on 7 April 2019. Tell us what you think, or let Natural Resources Wales know how you feel about the state of the river. Click on a picture to enlarge it.
The following pictures show no rubbish on the river banks - so is the rubbish coming down the river?