Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 13 January 2016
From Dr David Bellamy on behalf of Mrs Claire Bellamy

Representation

3 years of large trucks going up and down 1 vehicle wide roads is going to be a logistic and safety disaster for walkers and car users. Will the trucks reverse when encountering a car (I think not) or will the car have to find the nearest ditch, and will walkers simply abandon visiting the area? For many walkers "the journey" is as important as "the destination" and if they are going to be exposed to continual vehicle pollution they are simply going to deem the area a no-go zone despite the impressive destination.
Similarly, people want to see 360 degrees of beauty when they visit Snowdon; we don't want to visualise what it will be like once the construction is finished. Can Wales afford to have droves of people delaying their visit until they can have the truly panoramic vision promised?
Will the expected light pollution further demerit Snowdon and the surrounding hills - will the phrase "it used to be beautiful" stick?
Given that no real evaluation of the physical impact the trucks will have on the houses that are only a few feet from the roads being used, is there any certainty that serious structural damage will not eventually occur? Will the cottages that play an integral part in the giving Wales its heritage and beauty be destroyed (never mind the legal issues that will ensue if structural damage occurs to cottages that have stood firmly for centuries)?
These are questions about long-term issues and also takes into account that tourists (those who bring needed money into the area) are quite picky. They are on the net and will know if it is worth visiting Snowdon and the surrounding area. Facebook users and Tweeters will have a lot to say. The impact of many tweets talking about noise pollution from trucks and how walkers were forever watching out for huge vehicles as they trudged up narrow roads could be horrific on the economy.