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Hydro scheme's bid to use lake sparks anger; Protest over fears for environment and rare fish.


PROTESTERS gathered yesterday at Llyn Padarn to voice their anger over plans to extract water from the lake for a hydroelectric scheme.

Developer Snowdonia Pumped Hydro have applied for a licence to take water from the "treasured" lake.

Water will be used to supply two reservoirs at Glyn Rhonwy as part of the massive hydroelectric project.

However, the application made to Natural Resources Wales (NRW), has attracted opposition from some local residents.

There are fears the scheme could affect the environment, in particular the rare Arctic charr which swim in the lake.

More than 50 people turned out to protest in an event organised by a new protest group called Concerns About Glyn Rhonwy.

Chairman of group Becky Williams said: "It's a treasured lake and we couldn't have asked for better weather.

"There is a real strength of feeling against it (the application)." NRW, who are responsible for approving or rejecting the application, hosted a drop-in session on Monday to discuss the proposals.

A public consultation exercise ends on March 26.

Mrs Williams said: "Llyn Padarn is a well used and much loved stretch of water. Every year hundreds of thousands of people come to paddle and swim in the lake or simply to walk the shore and enjoy the view.

"The picnic site is incredibly busy during the summer with local families and visitors alike and we are concerned about the impact of water being taken into and pumped from the industrial site proposed for Glyn Rhonwy.

"We are finding that many local people are quite unaware of what is proposed, let alone the huge number of visitors who pump millions of pounds into the tourist economy."

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro want to transform the area around Glyn Rhonwy Quarry and the open hillside of Cefn Du, above Llanberis, into a major sustainable energy scheme.

The PS100 million scheme could create 300 jobs during the threeyear construction and 30 full time jobs once operational.

NRW head of operations Sian Williams said: "Llyn Padarn is an important natural asset for the area and we'll be conducting a thorough assessment of the proposals before we decide whether to allow it to go ahead.

"We welcome comments from the local community which may be relevant to the application."


Llyn Padarn's waters may be used for a hydroelectric scheme

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 19, 2015
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