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    Welcome to my second report in as many days (busy weekend!).

    I couldn't get enough of this place, we stayed for 3 hours before starting to lose the light and only saw a very small part of it but could have easily spent all day there!

    When running into other explorers in Talgarth the previous day they mentioned they had been thrown out of here by security the day before, we must have got lucky though as we didn't see any sign of them (there were some loud kids messing around, shouting, climbing things etc the opposite end of the site so that could have drawn attention away from us).

    Again, this is a popular place but I shall provide you with a brief history;

    In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002.
    (source: UK Urban Exploration - Documenting the Decay)

    In 2014, owners CPL Industries were granted outline planning permission to demolish the buildings (with the exception of certain listed ones) ahead of a major residential project. The plans would cover the former coke works and adjoining Cwm Colliery site and tip, and would see the construction of up to 857 homes and landscaping of the site. Both the North and South cooling towers are currently grade II listed buildings (this could be what's preventing demolition work going ahead) but they have applied for exceptions as they are deemed to be unsafe.
    (source: Access Denied)

    Now for the photos, just like last time some are from my GoPro (which I had set up to be much better this time) and some from my mates SLR.

    WhatsApp Image 2017-05-15 at 10.22.46 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

    G0381370 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

    WhatsApp Image 2017-05-15 at 10.22.47 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

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    WhatsApp Image 2017-05-15 at 10.22.46 (1) by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

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    G0421393-01 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

    DSC_0124 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

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    building wreck_1 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

    train on side_1 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

    DSC_0174 by Mr Banjo, on Flickr

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    Apologies for the heavy editing in some of them (I was just having a play!)

    Hope you have enjoyed this report and I hope to make plenty of new ones in the future!

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    857 new homes, on a seriously toxic and polluted site, in a village where the main income comes from selling smack and weed.

    Sounds like a good investment! ;)

    Thanks for your take on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    857 new homes, on a seriously toxic and polluted site, in a village where the main income comes from selling smack and weed.

    Sounds like a good investment! ;)

    Thanks for your take on it.
    Ha ha yeah that's probably a contributing factor as to why it hasn't been done, the news page I found that info on was a few years old now though so plans may well have changed.

    We walked through the estate on the way there and it was certainly a bit dodgy to say the very least!

    I know as a society we should be striving to rid the planet of toxic and dangerous sites like this, but the more I explore this forum, and others like it, the more I would rather see them left alone by developers....and security guards!

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    Still in my top 5 places I've visited it really is vast! Did you climb the pulveriser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJT View Post
    Still in my top 5 places I've visited it really is vast! Did you climb the pulveriser?
    Unfortunately not, we stayed on the ground as this was our 1st visit (and only our 2nd ever exploration!).

    Everything looked a bit like it was ready to come down but hopefully next time we will be feeling more confident.

    We are definitely going to return here in the future when we will definitely be looking to get inside and up high!

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    Love some good heavy industry. Nicely captured! Definantly want to visit here one day.

    Similar story to Cranleigh brickworks, they are meant to be building houses on there despite the heavy contamination...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Banjo View Post
    Unfortunately not, we stayed on the ground as this was our 1st visit (and only our 2nd ever exploration!).

    Everything looked a bit like it was ready to come down but hopefully next time we will be feeling more confident.

    We are definitely going to return here in the future when we will definitely be looking to get inside and up high!
    It sure was scary! We went in the evening the darkness helped....not sure I'd do it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJT View Post
    It sure was scary! We went in the evening the darkness helped....not sure I'd do it again!
    Is there an internal staircase or do you have to use the dodgy looking steel stairs going up the outside of the building?

    If the latter I'll probably give that one a miss, I can just about cope with heights but only if I know it's safe!

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    Excellent report again, I should get round to this place :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJT View Post
    Still in my top 5 places I've visited it really is vast! Did you climb the pulveriser?
    Now thats an offer you can't refuse!!! I've never managed to use that word...luv it!
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