The Woodland Trust have sent a strongly worded objection to the proposed hydro scheme, as the Uk’s leading woodland conservation charity their objection is both well informed and carries enormous weight. Save the Conwy is very greatfull for both the objection letter and the media exposure

ITV http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2015-06-25/proposed-hydro-electric-scheme-proving-controversial/

and

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33188535/

Some excerpts from the Woodland Trust’s objection:

The Trust finds this to be very concerning and highlights the lack of consideration given to ancient woodland by the applicant, despite stating the woodland will be subject to negative impacts. Throughout the planning application’s available documentation the applicant has largely failed to fully consider the irreversible damage and loss to ancient woodland that would occur as a result of this development.

The Trust is in favour of green, renewable energy and in principle isn’t against hydroelectric power schemes. However, we believe that any green energy project that results in the destruction of such a precious and irreplaceable habitat as ancient woodland could never truly be considered as ‘green’.

The Woodland Trust strongly objects to the planning application. We believe this site to be of importance on both a county and national level. The direct loss and damage to ancient woodland and veteran trees in a SSSI designated area is highly inappropriate and entirely unacceptable. 

Support their campaign here :

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/our-campaigns/hydro-electric-energy-in-wales/robert steele