Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 15 January 2016
From British Mountaineering Council


The British Mountaineering Council (The BMC) is the national representative body for climbers, hill-walkers and mountaineers for England & Wales. The organisation currently has just over 80,000 members, over 200 affiliated climbing clubs with over 5,000 members based in Wales.
The BMC's Welsh Area members have requested that I object to elements of this proposal on several matters, namely :_
1) The land on which this proposal is located is registered common land with consequent right of access for informal recreation under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000. The proposal includes plans to deregister part of this - both the BMC and our members feel strongly that the land being offered in exchange (a felled conifer woodland partially sited on old slate waste heaps) is grossly sub-standard for the purposes of recreation and is a very poor substiute for the high quality open moorland and heath that is being lost on a popular and accessible common.
2) The closure (both temporary and permanent) of open access land and well used public rights of way in such a popular upland location close to the highly popular tourist town of Llanberis and right on the edge of a national park is unacceptable for a development of this kind.
3) There are numerous subjective and untested assumptions in the access element of the develpers submissions - for instance no mention is made of the fact that the old slate quarries are of tremendous historical and active interest to rock -climbers. The old slate quarries at Glynrhonwy are thought to be the first location world wide where its believed climbers first started climbing on slate - a particulary specialised but extremely popular genre of rock climbing that is unlike any other form of climbing.
4) It is the opinion of our members that the landscape impact of this development, on landscapes that are recognised in the developers own submission as being of "outstanding" or having "high" lanndscape value (and in particular the visual impact of the development from nearby Moel Eilio and Snowdo ia National Park), has been underestimated and that the actual impact will be considerable and will negatively detract from a cultural, historic and natural landscape of national significance.
5) Finally - although not part of this application there is considerable concern that should the development proceed that there is no guarantee that the export of electicity generated at the site would not require new intrusive overhead cabling and power lines across the enterance to the iconic Llanberis valley. It is the opinion of our members that to give sufficent and accurate consideration to the impact of this development as a whole that the means by which electricty is exported should be part of this application.

Elfyn Jones on behalf of the British Mountaineering Council.