The Afon Conwy has now been under threat since 2013! RWE have been pursuing plans to dam, divert and draw power from the river for over 2 years! This scheme has the potential to ruin the river’s delicate eco-system, provide misery on the roads and damage local businesses & communities.
The National Park’s verdict on the proposed scheme will be given on the 2nd March, 10am at Plas Tan y Bwlch. If you oppose the scheme then please attend and show your solidarity.
We have prepared a quick slideshow on just what’s at stake here.[slideshare id=58712605&doc=conwyhydroslideshare1-160225145202]
It was announced in the news today that Snowdonia National Park Wardens are asking the public to stop building cairns on the hills, due to the destruction it causes. Warden Myfyr Tomos has said- ‘Building cairns has been of great concern over a number of years […] creating scars on some of our most significant landscapes. [It] damages fragile habitats such as the moorland in the uplands and the scree, together with the animals and the plants associated with them’.
Now if we are, as Myfyr Tomos states, ‘creating scars on some of the most significant landscapes,’ why on Earth are we even considering damaging fragile habitats with man made structures? – Perhaps SNP should be looking at at any contradictions – between the Cairn situation and the proposed Conwy Hydro.
Snowdonia National Park Authority have deferred the decision on the proposed scheme for the Conwy to ensure that they have all the information from all sources. Details are given in the agenda for the upcoming meeting on the 20th January, and can be found on page 20. They are also given below.
“Members will recall that at the 2 December 2015 Planning and Access Committee officers reported on the all members visit to the site of this application.
A decision on this matter was deferred from that meeting until such time as certain matters of concern had been resolved by the applicant through the submission of further details. In addition further comments were requested from Natural Resources Wales and Conwy Country Council planning Department and that an independent landscape consultant be contracted to comment on certain aspects of the application.
At the time of writing this report the applicant has forwarded an (incomplete) response, Natural Resources Wales responded by stating that they were still considering their reply, Conwy Council planning department responded by stating that they do not intend to comment as the application falls 3.5km outside their jurisdiction area.
An independent landscape consultant has been engaged who has now reviewed the application details and has reported back to the Authority at the end of last year. The consultan has highlighted certain issue that need addressing which will require the further attention of the applicant.
Given the above it is not, as yet, possible to provide members with a further comprehensive report on the outstanding matters on which a fully informed decision can be made. ”
The next meeting is in March.
Location – Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog
- 2nd of December 2015 at 10.00 a.m.
- 20th of January 2016 at 10.00 a.m.
- 2nd of March 2016 at 10.00 a.m.
- 13th of April 2016 at 10.00 a.m.
- 18th of May 2016 at 10.00 a.m