Group opposes Llanberis power station


Geraint Jones

A NATIONAL pressure group has backed a campaign against a proposed £100 pump-storage power-station.

Developer The Quarry Battery Co Ltd said the station could create 100 jobs during construction, with up to 30 permanent posts after construction is completed.

However, The Open Spaces Society said plans for the station at Glyn Rhonwy quarries above Llanberis will encroach on common land and be an eyesore in a popular area on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

It has lodged an objection to Gwynedd Council and has called on the council to ensure the developer, The Quarry Battery Co Ltd, is aware works cannot be constructed on common land without the consent of the environment minister, in addition to any planning permission.

General secretary Kate Ashbrook said: "We are dismayed there is no mention of common land in the principal documents accompanying the application.

"The applicants appear to have scant regard for the rights of the graziers, or of the public who has the right to walk on all common land.

"We urge the council to reject this application as inappropriate in this area of natural beauty which is much enjoyed by walkers and climbers."

The society considers that the development will have an adverse effect on this sensitive landscape, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and on people’s enjoyment of it.
"It is used extensively by walkers and climbers."

Dave Holmes of The Quarry Battery Co Ltd hoped construction would start in 2014, subject to planning permission and securing financial backing.

Mr Holmes added that DECC and the Carbon Trust recognised the potential of pumped storage to reduce UK carbon levels.

He added: “The scheme really blends in with the local surrounds, in an area dominated by rugged slate tips and lakes.

“The scheme will create jobs, and is good for the environment.

"There is a small amount of open access land lost to the scheme, but we are discussing a suitable replacement with local landowners.”


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