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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 2 Mar 2021, 08.16

Hi Steve - I've chatted to a mutual acquaintance about the problem with the contamination in Glynneath and planning problems with the Heol y Glyn site and also your involvement with the FB Group Glynneath News and Views. The acquaintance says you are a good bloke and you wouldn't hide like Simon Knoyle if I asked you a direct question. What I would like to suggest to you is that because we have a personal FB friendship we can have an off the record conversation on FB messenger where we can exchange information and opinions none of which are personal, derogatory or accusational towards each other but are factual and relevant to the conversation. On the other hand if you wanted to talk openly in your role as a councillor or have any other suggestions I am happy to consider these. A conversation between us I believe will be of mutual benefit. Myself, the protection of my family from God knows what has been dumped at the site and you in the saving/and /or furtherance of your political aspirations. I have started uploading videos to youtube on the subject, you may have seen some of them, the first two identify you as part of the corruption coalition related to the planning application. 


As previously stated my main objective is the protection of my family, my granddaughter was born with a mutation consistent with contamination and so the probability that it has affected other residents and may affect my family in the future remains high. 
You can read more about me here. www.dai-richards.wales  - regards - Dai

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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 2 Mar 2021, 09:59

Stephen Karl Hunt
Thanks for getting in touch and information Dai, I always appreciate openness and happy to ask any difficult questions, Iím honest , straight and open in my opinion of course, I may lack the knowledge of environmental issues as contaminated land and itís affect on people and would rely on those experts in this field, yes I have seen your videoís and I donít believe you have done any justice to your concerns or arguments if Iím honest, to constantly attack and belittle people isnít very clever at all, some of the original comments laid at myself wasnít warranted also, in my opinion of course, I fully understand your frustration and anger but there are better ways of dealing with it in my opinion.
I would fully support any action you need to take to get the answers to contamination on the site in question thatís for sure as I wouldnít want you or anyone else living there to be put at any health risk and if that would be the case then it certainly needs dealing with as a matter of urgency.
Instead of me asking you lots of questions, I will take a look at the links you have shared with me here and get back to you as you suggest to possibly have a chat in person as teams , zoom or in a safe outdoor environment.
Some of the points you originally made were fair, as planning committee members myself included havenít the correct training to understand the whole complexity of planning law, policy especially when it comes to the environment, I continue to ask for further training for members of the planning committee , and actually spoke to the head of legal services about this only last week.
But Iím sure irrespective of your views, evidence we as planning committee members do rely heavily of planning officers and other experts they bring to committee as to provide the evidence needed as for supporting any application and we wouldnít have any reason to doubt their evidence, however we are able to challenge and ask questions as you did in the original planning committee.
I am in the middle of the budget setting currently so can you leave this with me for now, and Iíll get back to you to sort out something as soon as possible because if you have any justification to be concerned then Iím happy to help.

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 2 Mar 2021, 11:57

Hi Stephen, thanks for taking the time to reply, if you felt that I belittled you personally, I can't remember doing so but I do apologise nevertheless if you felt I did. Maybe we could have a fresh start., once your curret commitments are finalised. You may also want to check out the following page on our website which deals with the question you asked the planning department and appeared in the amendments sheet for the meeting in question. I'd be interested to learn what the actual question or questions were so that I can place the answers in true context. I'll wait to hear back from you. - Dai


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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 2 Mar 2021, 12:14 - LIKE


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 10:31

GLYNNEATH CONTAMINATION MURDERS - I offered you an oportunity to do the right thing but you haven't. The fact that you haven't provided me with the actual question you asked tells me that as with the rest of your council you are corrupt. You'll find yourself on this page in the public domain listed as a corrupt council official. 


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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 21 Jun 2021, 11:27

Thanks for this Dai, I can assure you Iím not a corrupt councillor, when we are told not to communicate with you by our head of legal services then thatís something we have to take on board.

However Iím happy to answer any questions as to what I asked at the said meeting and the answers that were received at the time, Iím sure you would know these also as you was in attendance at that meeting.

So Iím not sure what your criticism of me is to be honest, but your entitled to your view and opinion I guess, thanks Steve.



Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 12:36

Your head of legal services is working together with your head of planning to cover up corruption and you have been provided evidence of planning department corruption. You can play dumb if you want but its your job as an elected official to regulate the staff of NPTC. You can turn a blind eye to the social murder of Glynneath residents but it will all come out eventually because while yoi weren't looking your planning department has rubber stamped the tipping of 21,000 cubic metres of contaminated waste in Powys. after your committee said they would test the land thoroughlly. You don't need to answer any questions because I alraeady have the answers. The main one in your case is that you have covered up council malpractice that has caused the deaths of Glynneath residents. 


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 21 Jun 2021, 13:09

I would never cover up malpractice Dai I can assure you, why havenít you taken your evidence through the proper channels then as Iím sure you can get this council prosecuted if they have done things as you suggested.
I challenge NPTCBC in the best possible way and I might not have your knowledge on specific information, events or historical situations, but I would never allow any community to be put at risk with any health issues I can assure you.
You should be able to take the authority to a judicial review and present all your evidence for a judge to determine what is or isnít on this site once and for all Iím sure.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 13:52

The proper channels I see are Glynneath Town Council and Natural Resources Wales and elected NPTC councillors such as yourself. You are on the planning committee and you have information that the planning department are killing people in Glynneath therefore you are one of the proper channels. Both the Glynneath Town Council and NRW refuse to investigate and their response is to refer us back to NPTC and I have been blocked by the whole of NPTC because of the planning department 
because I've already pointed the finger at them. They've already refused to investiigte their own corruption obvoiously so its councillors like yourself who are elected to regulate them and refuse to investigate planning department corruption that are accountable and I'm drawing the line there. You are part of a corruption coalition whether you like it or not and its up to you to blow the whistle on those initially responsible not me because if you don't the accountability for contamination detahs falls on you. You should take time out to watch this video to see how Steve Ball manipulates you into believing the site is clean.

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 14:48

You are aware of this act of course which I will refer to again and again.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (as amended 2013)

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) offers protection to workers from any
detriment from their employer that arises from the worker making a Ďprotected disclosureí.
To qualify as a Ďprotected disclosureí the disclosure must satisfy a number of requirements under PIDA:

1. The worker must have made a Ďqualifying disclosureí. This is a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of the worker, tends to show one or more of the following:

(a) That a criminal offence has been committed, is being committed, or is likely to be committed
(b) That a person has failed, is failing, or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation to which he is subject.

(c) That a miscarriage of justice has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur
(d) That the health and safety of any individual has been, is being, or is likely to be endangered
(e) That the environment has been, is being, or is likely to be damaged

(f) That information tending to show any matter falling within any of the preceding paragraphs has been, or is likely to be deliberately
concealed. A disclosure of information is not a qualifying disclosure if the person making it commits a criminal offence in doing so. 

.............that's from the NPTC whistleblowing policy

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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards 21 Jun 2021, 14.52

Thanks for information Dai, but I still refute your claims that I'm corrupt because I for some reason do not do your bidding, as I said, you as a citizen living in as you say an area of deep concern to your health as because NPTCBC have allowed contaminated waste to be deposited there, you have many other avenues to explore if you feel everyone is corrupt, planners, councillors, NPTCBC as a whole ,NRW , then go directly to Welsh Government or ask for a judicial review as to historical waste dumping on this site, prove your case as I'm sure you would think you will with all the evidence you have,I dont think your contempt you have for us allis the right way to go but that's only my opinion of course, I feel your frustration if you think everyone is blocking you and telling lies etc, but as I said before your an intelligent man, use the system to help you prove your case.

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 15:23

Nice attempt at avoiding accountability but you are aware of corruption within the planning department and so you have a duty to report this. This legal officer is working with the planning dept and so your duty is to report this to your fellow councillors other than the planning committee. I'lI prefer to just let the public know who is corrupt meanwhile you should keep your fingers crossed that Ruth Madoc who lives next to the site and Max Boyce don't get ill from contamination related illnesses because that will make you and the rest of your coalition public enemy No 1.


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 21 Jun 2021, 15:27

Not attempting to do anything just giving you good advice ,raise your concerns above the level of corruption as you see it, remember everyone has a view and right to heard , as do you of course, so if you feel your getting nowhere with this avenue then take it to the higher level, I'm sure you can get to the bottom of any wrong doings that way but I will continue to refute your call as to suggest I am corrupt because I know I'm certainly not.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 21 Jun 2021, 16:42

Moral Corruption = Where an official deliberately fails to follow a government's moral values, usually defined by an organisation as 'purpose' and 'values' and a staff 'code of conduct'.



Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 13 Oct 2021, 09.00

Hi again - if you read through this converstaion you will note that I've approached you and attempted to negotiate a comprise between our group and the NPTC. I've identified planning department deception for you and you've admitted that you are being puppeted by the civil servants at NPTC when your role is to regualate these corrupt officilas who are almost certainly cuasing the death of the people in our street. I've pointed you in the direction of the public disclosure act and I also note that you are chair of the relevant scrutiny committee. To make matters even worse for a future video that is directed towards your actions you refuse to let me join a group that is misrepresented by its title that includes the words 'everyone' Here are the links to 2 videos, one says who I am, the other identifies planning committee malpractice of which of course you are a member. It is not your job to point me to a higher level of a system that is corrupt. It is your jiob to represent the people. 



excuse the typos, I can spell

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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 13 Oct 2021, 12.50

Thanks for information Dai, duly noted , Steve


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 13 Oct 2021, 14.42

Dear Mr Richards
I thank you for your message and whilst I acknowledging your concerns, I would suggest on this occasion that these are matters which need to be directed to Council officers in general for them to respond to. As a member of the Planning Committee, my role (along with the other elected members) is to determine and consider planning and development applications in Neath Port Talbot. The issues that you raise here are of course significant and I would encourage you to raise these with officers within the Planning Section or more senior officers such as the Director of Environment and Regeneration and the Chief Executive, whose details are available on the Council website but I can gladly provide if that would assist. Alternatively you may wish to refer the matter to the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales (www.ombudsman.wales) or perhaps even South Wales Police given the nature of your concerns. I understand these options have been provided to date. As Chair of the Regeneration and Sustainable Development Scrutiny Committee I can of course make representations to officers and I will ask them to consider the same, and for them to provide you with a response if appropriate, but ultimately given your issue relates to staffing matters the matter does need to be raised with officers of the Council directly. I trust that this will be of assistance in moving forward.
Yours sincerely
Cllr Steve Hunt

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 13 Oct 2021 - 20.57

Dear Councillor Hunt, if you refer to our corruption coalition page on our website, you will note that officers of the council to which are directing me have committed corrupt actions in relation to the planning process and also the complaints process. I have been blocked from askiing further question by council officials who are paid to answer them. Your job as an elected councillor I would assume is to regulate these officials and bring them to account if they fail to do their job. Your refusal to investigate my concerns or at least to undertake due diligencve in relation to the information I am providing you is clear evidence that your "I want to help everyone" front is a facade. This video about Ceri Morris, the head of planning and public protection to whom you are pointing me shows a deliberate misrepresentation of the Environamental Protection Act 1990. 
It is your job as the chairman of scrutiny committee to inestigate such corruption that has almost certainly caused the corporate manslaughter of Glynneath residents. Passing the buck to the ombudsman and the planning department will not bring back these lives and the lives of those who will die because your planning committee have alowed the planning department to bypass the remediation process again on land that has been tested as contaminated. - regards - Dai Richards

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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 14 Oct 2021 - 09.00

For your information, I have sent this short email to both the Director of the Environment Nicola Pearce and Head of Planning Ceri Morris and Iím waiting for a response , thanks Steve.

Dear Both
I am of course aware on the longstanding matters concerning Mr Richards and the Heol Y Glyn development at Glynneath. In recent days I have been contacted by Mr Richards requesting my assistance in helping to consider matters, specifically focussing on my remit as the Chair of the Regeneration and Sustainable Development Scrutiny Committee. I am of course aware that planning applications do not fall within this area but aspects of contaminated land I understand do. I wonder therefore whether I could meet with you both to have an understanding of the issues that have developed here. It is concerning of course that Mr Richards is making strong allegations of corruption and inappropriate actions and I wish to understand the basis behind this and what as an authority we are considering. I can then perhaps determine whether there is anything specific that needs to be considered from the scrutiny perspective. I would be grateful to meet with you at your earliest convenienceĒ.
Many thanks Steve.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 14 Oct 2021 - 19.17

Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to do this.


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 14 Oct 2021 - 21.27

No problem and I will after the responses take it to my scrutiny committee if necessary depending on what they come back with, I have told all officers to invite NRW and Land Contamination experts to the said meeting, I will keep you informed as t9 any progress as I know Nicola Pearce and Planning officers are very busy with backlog of work.

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 14 Oct 2021 - 21.35

OK thanks again.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 28 Oct 2021 - 16.53

Dear Councillor Hunt, I was wondering if there was an update on this, I realise that you have identified that Nicola Pearce and planning officers are busy with a backlog of work, however the contamination exposed by Enzo Homes last October is still potentially affecting the health of Glynneath residents. I refer to the roles of Nicola Pearce and the planning officers Steve Ball and Ceri Morris in the early cover-up of the the 2008 identified contamination at the development and would suggest that they will use any excuse possible to prevent being questioned on this subject and so I would suggest to you that you either demand that they meet with you at a specific time and date or engage in correspondence in relation the subject. I'm not sure if you viewed our Planning Committee corruption video which identifies that NPTC have committed Corporate Manslaughter by enabling both the Cuddy Group and Enzo Homes to breach the 1990 Environmental Protection Act. It should be noted that Enzo's actions are potentially causing current Corporate Manslaughter enabled by the planning department, and the recent planning department approval of the movement of 21,000 cubic feet of an area where toxic waste has been reported as dumped will cause more deaths in the future. Here is the link again, just in case you didn't get a chance to view it. 


On a different note, but on the same subject, were you aware that Enzo Homes approached a land owner in Seven Sisters to dump untreated waste there? 

regards - Dai Richards

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Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 28 Oct 2021, 19.24

Hi Dai, I have a meeting with Head of Planning and Director of the Environment and others next Tuesday afternoon and I will be in a position then to update you with further information, if you want to forward me a number of direct questions once more before next Tuesday for answers then forward them to me ok.

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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 28 Oct 2021, 19:50

brilliant - thanks - will the others include NRW?


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 29 Oct 2021, 00:37

I asked for NRW representative to be at meeting, but I donít see them as listed for the teams meeting, I have sent email to Ceri Morris asking for someone from NRW to be there, by unfortunately Iím not in a position to demand this, hopefully they will agree to my request, as I said, get me some important questions that I can try and get answers for over to me before that meeting if you can, cheers Steve.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 29 Oct 2021, 07.08

Thanks Steve - one final question, hopefully. What is the purpose of the meeting, is it one specifically convened to discuss our problem, is it normal council business or other. - Dai


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 29 Oct 2021, 

The purpose of the meeting is to specifically discuss your issues as you brought them to me in my role as Chairman of Regeneration and Sustainable Development Scrutiny Committee , land contamination falls under my portfolio so my obliged if asked by any member of the public to try and find answers to their questions , even if they as in your case to date are not the answers they are looking for I guess.

So if you bullet point once more some questions as specifically to the land contamination, I will endeavour to get you answers, I suspect they will say or explain they have given you answers previously but Iím prepared to give them a proper grilling on your behalf, I hope that explains the purpose of the meeting, as I do take my job and position very seriously indeed and if Iím able to help residents wherever they live across NPTCBC I will, thanks once more Steve.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 29 Oct 2021, 15.04

Thanks again - much appreciated.


Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 29 Oct 2021, 17.39


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Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 31 Oct 2021, 17.02 

Hi Steve - I've attached a .pdf file of the questions + additional info. The pdf basically is a print of a webpage I've built to organise the information relating to the questions. This is the link to the page. If you are unsure about anything or if any of the links fail, please contact me. Can you please acknowledge receipt. Thanks again. - Dai



Steve Hunt to Dai Richards - 31 Oct 2021, 23.44 & 23.46


Yes thanks for this information and Ceri Morris has acknowledged my email asking for NRW representation to be at meeting, he said he would do his best as he was off and only back in work on Monday.


Dai Richards to Steve Hunt - 1 Nov 2021, 08.10




At this point, the Glynneath Town Councillor, Jennifer Herbert is copied into the conversation for observation purposes.




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