You may have noticed Save the Conwy has been a bit quiet for the last week or so. Some of it’s members have been away enjoying the amazing free flowing rivers and whitewater that Norway has to offer … Whilst there we stumbled upon a new run of river hydro scheme being built in the beautiful Jordalselva valley …
The Afon Las Hydro Scheme is a small scheme built in a beautiful part of the Llanberis Pass, one of the most iconic mountain passes in the UK. Part of the scheme lies within a SAC / SSSI . The SAC(Special Area of Conservation) status should afford this site one of the highest levels of environmental protection, it’s general location should afford it the highest level of landscape protection. In Save the Conwy’s opinion sites like this should be protected from all development but that however is not the point of this piece.
Those of us who live in Snowdonia,or come to visit regularly, may have noticed the increasing presence of diggers working in our rivers. The scars they leave behind are all too noticeable on open hillsides and can be seen on both sides of the Llanberis Pass. Development is also under way in many harder to spot places; in deep ravines and hidden by woodlands the diggers are also at work. Read More
Save the Conwy has heard that NRW’s decision on the licencing of the Conwy hydro scheme will be decided shortly. We have sent a final letter asking NRW whether they have addressed, what we feel to be, the most important questions asked by this application. Read More
You may have seen the news by now, that after a dedicated effort from local campaigners, supported by the 6,311 of you who signed the petition, the Snowdonia National Park Authority made the right decision and refused permission for multinational energy giant RWE to build a hydro scheme on the River Conwy. Read More