Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 13 January 2016
From Cherry Bartlett


The proposal from Snowdonia Pumped Hydro (the company) makes no sense in energy terms. The amount of energy that will be generated even from the enlarged scheme will be a drop in the energy ocean. The existing Dinorwic system is, according to those who conduct tours around it, rarely used to its full capacity. Utilising an existing facility is a much more sensible approach.

The company proposals involve a major impact on the local communities of Waunfawr and LLanberis. Both these places are reliant on tourism for the majority of their income and the disruption that will be involved in creating this facility will create a long term downturn in this industry.

The proposed access route for construction through Waunfawr and Groeslon is totally unsuitable for the heavy traffic that will be required. The road can never be brought up to the standard required and represents considerable safety and sanity threats to those who live along it. A number of properties actually abut the road and will be particularly threatened. There have been no tangible answers provided by the company when these concerns have been raised in the past.

If the company receive planning permission they will undoubtedly then sell the project on, possibly to overseas investors and any profits will disappear from Wales - indeed they would never come to Wales as the company is based in England. Few long term jobs will be delivered and the communities most affected can only lose from the development.