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Mar 5, 2012 Full story: This is South Wales

A RAILWAY charity says it is on the brink of securing 250 million for an ambitious tram network connecting the Amman Valley, Swansea and Mumbles.

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Valley Boy

Gillingham, UK

#1 Mar 7, 2012
Watch out anyone seriously thinking of investing in these guys, in my experience as a local resident in the Amman Valley, they appear to be a disorganised, militant bunch who I know have upset a lot of residents living along the old railway. Their work appears to be haphazard and messy, does not appear to have gone through the correct planning procedures, and I have personally witnessed several Network Rail policy violations from their workers. Having had conversations with many ex and current members of the society, many of them will tell you of the personal money they have lost to this society, and how certain people at the top of this organisation are very clever at getting people to 'buy into the dream', and promise much, but don't deliver.

As for 97% of people in the Amman Valley supporting this, I would like to know where they are getting this statistic as I have certainly never been asked, neither has anyone else in the community that I have spoken to.

A charity is supposed to help people, all I have seen is this lot helping themselves. So be very, very careful before putting your hand in your pockets to support this scheme which they have been banging on about for years. Not a lot has really happened other than a lot of talk, disenchanted volunteers and upset residents.

Since: May 11

Swansea, UK

#2 Dec 12, 2013
how long have they been running exactly n what makes u say this/ my friend has invested n is always kept up to date with new funding they're receiving ...from what he sais they have trains waiting to go on the tracks n haave to apply for a new fund about 4times for each new or revanished carage along with massive funding needed from the EU for trams.... i know many people who have turned their lives around by working with the organisation to balance out their own crazy lives along with giving their friends hope for an esier future in terms of work.. i know i certainly can't rely on buses around swansea anyway! i also know it's a daily struggle for the main runners putting in every nce of time energy and spare resourses into keeping things running while they wait to fill in all the legal, social n penpushers gaps to enable a clean cut business enterprise before the EU will provide a full go-ahead of funding. These things don't happen over night especialy not with new laws and paper requirments making it more n more difficult for a social volontary business to establish and provide for itself every week near enough. But the results for us all in the general community are beyond anything i personaly could imagine... i've seen the effect they have in pontardawe n ammanford so personaly am glad to see them now merge with swansea 9 lines and become self reliant. I also know they have never in my witness gone around asking for money from anyone ...they only just manage to cover the cost of running the places they open as commercial so the whole point of that is to be known of and understood in terms of the aim that they have ...they don't do it to 'make money' and if anything put all they have from their own pockets in to it. No one gets paid not even the CEO ...all of the accounts are clean as well and from what i recently heard are to be public on their website and are already available from the council. I know all this as a CCC community development officer who has witnessed the growth over the last 5years. It takes a year for each funding possibility to be made available either by the lottery fund from the EU or an other possible small-funder ie..they can range upwards from 100, one carriage costs over 5000pounds without maintinance or fuel costs, as a minimum. You do the math! I wonder what exactly is your role in the community other than slanderer, how did or have you participated in order to assume this opinion of the charity, did you fund anything of their development - or any charitable society infact for that matter...? or are you a good old plain bored un-informed bitter thorn in the bush of roses....? i look forward to your reply!
P.S. if anyone does have any questions i've been given permission to reply in as much detail as i have accurate knowledge n evidance of..

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