Say no to hydro power on the Afon Conwy in the Snowdonia National Park

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We’ve been a bit quiet the last month or so, but lots has been going on in the background on a few projects. There can be little doubt that RWE/Dulas will seek to reapply so we are fundraising to help us enlist some professional help. For more details on why this is happening click here.

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WORN WEAR TOUR – 18+19th April – Moel Siabod Cafe

“As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer.”

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The simplest way for us to reduce the amount of power we have to generate is to reduce the amount we use. Our friends at Patagonia will be helping you to do just that by repairing your damaged outdoor kit for free in their Worn Wear Van. The Moel Siabod Cafe in Capel Curig is hosting this on the 18th and 19th of April. If you aren’t in North Wales check out the schedule, as they are touring all over Europe.

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SAVE OUR WILD ADVENTURES – 23rd April – Plas-y-Brenin

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We’ve been lucky enough to secure a few films and some great raffle prizes, so come and join us at Plas-y-Brenin on the 23rd. We will kick off at 7pm with a range of outdoor films celebrating the wilds of Wales, British Colombia and China to name but three. More films and details are being added.

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We have a few more ideas for fun ways to celebrate the wilds of Wales. Don’t forget you can still share your adventures on social media using #SaveOurWildAdventures and #FindYourEpic. See you on the river, out on the hills, or in the woods.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

Link to BBC News article

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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.

http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/authority/about-the-authority/planning-and-access-committee-agendas-2014

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“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

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Tomorrow afternoon you can drop-in to the Waterloo Hotel in Betws Y Coed (just along from the petrol station) from 3pm until 7pm and speak to representatives from Natural Resources Wales about the proposed scheme.

NRW have made it abundantly clear that they don’t care about your opinion, only facts, so here’s some topics to think about if you are popping in…

“In making our determination, we will consider all relevant information submitted to us. Amongst the issues we consider when reaching our decision are:

 the environmental effects of the abstraction and impoundment and their impact on designated sites, the biological and/or geological features of interest they support, and on protected species and habitats”

The area is a SSSI and within the National Park – why has it been chosen?

 “the likely effect of the proposal on the protected water rights of existing licence holders and other lawful water users”

The data shows a significant drop in the number of days the gorge will be useable by kayakers, and also the introduction of a weir is both unsightly and unsafe. The area above Conwy Falls has sadly seen a number of tragedies and near misses that would have been worsened by a man-made weir. Who is responsible if their construction kills someone?

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” the reasonable requirements of the applicant for water and its efficient use”

Is 5MW an efficient use of a pristine valley?

 “the sustainability of the proposal and any effects on biodiversity”

As a SSSI containing a previously uninterrupted corridor of life… why not ask about that?

However, often we receive comments on matters which are beyond the remit of our determination.

Among the issues we cannot consider are:

 Noise
 Dust
 Transport
 Future connections to the national grid
 Cultural heritage
 Construction impacts
 Rights of way

But by all means, you could ask about those things. Why don’t they care about cultural heritage? Why does it take 20 days to get some documents out?

See you on Thursday 12th November, Waterloo Hotel, Betws-y-Coed

 

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