Afon Cynfal and Rhaeadr y Cwm Threatened by Hydro Development.

December 20, 2019
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This wild river has in recent years attracted the attention of hydro developers, those keen to extract the power of these falls and degrade this landscape for profit.

The first application in the 1990s was eventually abandoned. Then last year a coalition of concerned NGOs including Save Our Rivers and the Snowdonia Society successfully objected to a new proposal. This latest developer has now returned with a revised application, which although less visually intrusive has even greater ecological concerns.

Full details of the application can be seen here:

Save Our Rivers Main Concerns:

Small scale hydroschemes produce insignificantly small amounts of power for disproportional environmental and landscape impact. This schemes maximum installed capacity is 600kw (60 people taking a shower) around 1/13th of a modern offshore wind turbine, such as those sited within view of the North Wales Coast.

In fact the last 90 hydroschemes permitted by Snowdonia National Park Authority, all added together contribute less to power production than 1 single large offshore windturbine . See more about our concerns for small scale hydro here.

Schemes such as this also lead to fragmentation of a free-flowing river. Only 1% of all rivers in the UK are currently free from artificial barriers and, thanks to the recent spate of hydro development in Snowdonia, few remain free flowing within the National Park.

The impact of the pipeline on both the landscape and the ecology of the area. The pipeline construction involves cutting a 3.6m working corridor across a river side bog, across a steep hill side under the Slate Trail footpath and through the bed of the Afon Cynfal itself. Other impacts of the pipeline include a 4m by 3.6m cutting through the bed rock of a hill and 3 separate construction compounds.

Save Ours Rivers has real concerns around the possibility of a pollution incident damaging to the Afon Cynfal SSSI just downstream of the development. Either sediment from the trenching of the pipeline, or from oil/diesel from the heavy machinery fording the river.

Please act now to help safeguard this special place.

Download the template letter below, fill in your reasons for objection, feel free to use our letter as a guide.

Template letter

Then email to:

Tagged: Cynfal · Hydro · Run of river · wetland
Any updates on this proposal?
Jonathan Bryn Davies
Horrific proposal.
Objections sent
Oisin Murnion
I think it should be allowed to happen, its income for the local community, if you are successful in banning it are you willing to support the local community with equivalent income
Income for the local community! What planet are you from? It’s a hydro scheme and the income will go straight into the pocket of the builder.The local community will suffer,in less revenue from visitors.
Chris Jones
Wish i could do it a million times over.
Mike Mitchell
Done We need to stop these sort of Green Developments.

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