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An everyday scene in Risca, Mr John Herbert pictured in Gelli Avenue with the smoke

An everyday scene in Risca, Mr John Herbert pictured in Gelli Avenue with the smoke


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An everyday scene in Risca, Mr John Herbert pictured in Gelli Avenue with the smoke

An everyday scene in Risca, Mr John Herbert pictured in Gelli Avenue with the smoke billowing from the Brickhouse Dudley factory chimney. Valley residents face a year-long wait before £ 500, 000 worth of clean air equipment is fitted at the foundry after a row over pollution. 22nd August 1986

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Caerphilly Factory Pollution Smoke 1986 Risca


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This print captures an everyday scene in Risca, Wales, back in 1986. Mr John Herbert is pictured on Gelli Avenue, surrounded by the billowing smoke emanating from the Brickhouse Dudley factory chimney. However, this seemingly ordinary street scene hides a year-long struggle faced by valley residents due to pollution concerns. Valley residents had been enduring the effects of pollution caused by the factory for some time before this photograph was taken. The situation reached a boiling point when it was discovered that the air quality had deteriorated significantly. Determined to protect their community and their health, locals demanded action. After a heated row over pollution between concerned citizens and authorities, it was finally decided that £500, 000 worth of clean air equipment would be installed at the foundry. This decision brought hope to many who had long suffered from respiratory issues and other health problems associated with industrial pollution. However, as captured in this image frozen in time, there was still a long wait ahead for valley residents before they could breathe cleaner air again. It serves as a reminder of both the resilience of communities facing environmental challenges and the importance of taking proactive measures to safeguard our environment. This poignant snapshot from Memory Lane Prints offers us a glimpse into an era where industry clashed with environmental concerns and reminds us how far we have come since then in our efforts to create healthier living environments for all.

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