Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 13 January 2016
From Tania Scotland

Representation

I live and love living in this valley. My concerns regarding this scheme fall into two broad categories; the potential negative impact on our environment and local economy and the consultation process itself. Specifically my concerns are as follows:

RECREATIONAL: Llanberis area is very popular for outdoor recreation, including fishing and watersports for local people and visitors. Any degradation of the environment arising from this scheme, particularly water quality, could have a negative effect on this important part of the local economy.
WATER MONITORING: Large volumes of water will be discharged from the quarries in both constructional and operational phases and could carry harmful chemicals. This could have a profound effect on downstream water catchment areas. Proposals for monitoring and controlling this discharge are inadequate.
MUNITIONS: Previously classified information has been released in the Developer’s documentation about known and unknown ordnance remaining on site. A level of uncertainty about UXO, including chemical weapons has arisen which needs clarification in regard to risk to public health and safety and the environment.
NOISE: During construction: Blasting rather than tunnelling may be necessary, and a continuous conveyor may be used to move excess material uphill. The impact of this noise has not been adequately addressed. During operation:. The potential negative impact on human health of long term exposure to low frequency noise/vibration has not been adequately addressed.
GRID CONNECTION: The Developer gives assurances that the connection to the national grid will be underground, but there is no legal obligation. Financial and technical considerations could result in pylons being used. There should be a legal obligation to make the connection underground.

CONSULTATION: The Developer’s consultation efforts have seemed more like a public relations exercise not a consultation with two way exchange of views. Elected representatives at local and national level have failed to engage with critics of the scheme. The consultation process has been inadequate.
EMPLOYMENT: The Developer’s documentation suggests 78 -118 local jobs during construction and possibly as few as 20 operational jobs may result from the scheme. This is at odds with larger numbers being circulated during local PR campaigns.
PROCEDURAL: The Developers have gone about the promotion of this scheme in a piecemeal fashion. Fortuitous preparation of the lower site by Gwynedd Council, then application for Planning Permission to this same body then this application to the UKPI for a larger scheme, and applying for this DCO without a water discharge consent from NRW seems disingenuous.

CONSIDERATION OF ALTERNATIVES: The Environmental Statement does not adequately consider the alternative of doing nothing, or of simply enlarging the similar but much larger scheme just across the valley at Dinorwig with far less risk to the local environment.