!! UPDATED JULY 2016 !!
New information has surfaced in the public domain during the course of this enquiry which appears to confirm our worst fears about the handling storage and mishandling (dumping) of chemical weapons at Glynrhonwy (including Tabun nerve gas), particularly in the quarry which is to become the lower tailpond
You can now view this documentation on the Planning Inspectorate’s website (near top of list 253MB downloadable zip file – might take a while!)
on the same page are all the “Written Representations” now available for viewing and comment
And see here for detailed concerns regarding MUNITIONS .. here you can also read directly some of the more pertinent documentation, most of it Crown Copyright and courtesy of the National Archives at Kew (via Gwynedd Archives) to whom we are most grateful.
We have made some of enquiries of our own with help from qualified engineers and other professional consultants, and these have come to different conclusions than those favoured by the Applicant .. and we have made the Inspector aware of this information……
We have had expert advice regarding noise and construction issues which you can go to directly from here or from the relevant issues section
Listen to the BBC Radio Wales interview with Dave Preskett on 13 April 2016 below…
Other articles about the new information concerning the storage and disposal of chemical weapons in Llanberis:
It is well worth bearing in mind that unlike many other sites across the UK used to store and dispose of munitions during and after WWII, Glynrhonwy has never been declared as completely clear of all munitions. Our freedom of information request to the MOD, for details regarding the possibility of explosive and chemical munitions remaining in Llanberis, was rejected on the grounds that the…
“release of the information would enable ill-disposed persons or organisations to act against the national interest, and that therefore on balance the information should be withheld.”
Deadline for registering your interest
The opportunity to submit your concerns to the UK Planning Inspectorate is now closed. 62 individuals and organisations commented on the application – these can be viewed here:
Welcome to the Concerned About Glyn Rhonwy website!
This site has been set up at short notice to assist those interested in or concerned about the possibility of a Pumped Storage Scheme being built in Glyn Rhonwy Quarries near Llanberis, Gwynedd, North Wales.
Croeso i wefan Pryderu am Glyn Rhonwy!
Yn anffodus nid ydym wedi cael cyfle i gyfieuthu’r wefan eto, ond byddan yn ceisio gwneud hyn mor fuan a sy’n bosib.
The developers of the scheme, Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Ltd (SPH), a subsidiary of Quarry Battery Company Ltd (QBC) obtained planning permission for a 49.9MW scheme from Gwynedd Council in Feb 2014. SPH have now developed plans for a bigger 99.9MW scheme and have applied for the required approval from the UK Planning Inspectorate (UKPI). View the developers website here: www.snowdoniapumpedhydro.com
The examination process is well underway and nearing ts conclusion, having been opened by HM Planning Inspector Stuart Cowperthwaite at the meeting in Electric Mountain Llanberis on Wednesday 9th March .
For more details see this invitation letter which was distributed by UKPI to anyone who made a “relevant representation”, and go to the next page about us
and for further information about how this scheme affects the general area of Cefn Du and particularly the Waunfawr side, see this complementary site
The developer has presented a large amount of documentation to the Planning Inspectorate. This website will try to extract some of this information to help you formulate your views.
For information about submitting your response see our What can I do page.
Our focus has been on preparing detailed well evidenced “written representations” to the Planning Inspectorate, and making individual representations to Natural Resources Wales .. keep an eye on your email, and our twitter and facebook pages . This process is ongoing and as of July the Inspector is still inviting comment .. you can read the latest documentation here.
If you need help get in touch and we’ll try to help – Contact Us
We have identified some of the main areas of the scheme that you may wish to explore further – a broader view of the issues can be found here: Concerns (Detailed) and Concerns (Summarised). Please note that due to specific procedures in Wales it is unlikely that the UKPI will consider the connection to the national grid. We do however realise that this aspect of the scheme may have a significant impact on many communities along the line of transmission so feel it is reasonable for you to be able to comment directly about this.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING DETAILED WRITTEN REPRESENTATION TO THE PLANNING INSPECTOR WAS 13TH APRIL
HAVE A LOOK HERE FOR SOME SUBMISSIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE .. IT MAY HELP YOU TO FORMULATE YOUR OWN VIEWS
THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING MAKE COMMENT TO NRW ABOUT THE DISCHARGE PERMIT APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED .. but….
NRW found some areas of concern with the original permit applications and invited the Applicant to withdraw them, and to re-submit at a later date once certain issues have been resolved
have a look at the “Have your say to NRW” page for EXAMPLES of what was submitted .. these may help inform your understanding