Saturday, 7 April 2012

Your Reservoir Still Needs YOU!

RAG's eleventh AGM was again well attended, continuing to show the strength of public opposition to the development of Llanishen Reservoir, so thank you to all who came along. It is only because of our members that the site is not a housing estate.

Llanishen Reservoir now has the highest level of protection it has ever had during RAG’s campaign. Its Listed status was unsuccessfully challenged by Western Power, in the courts, and not only were they forced to pay the Welsh Assembly Government's costs, but all seven challenge points that Western Power had raised were dismissed. The reservoir banks are protected by the highest level of national environmental protection, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The reservoir's embankment's designations as a Listed Building and a SSSI mean that any development proposals cannot be considered sustainable.

The Public Inquiry Inspector is due to submit his recommendation to the Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths AM, on 12 April. The Minister will then make the final decision on Western Power’s plans to destroy part of the Nant Fawr corridor, Llanishen Reservoir, and our local beauty spot, sometime during the Summer.

During this long wait, if you have not already done so, please write in again. What we must do is write to or email our Assembly Members: Jenny Rathbone for Cardiff Central and Julie Morgan for Cardiff North, to ensure that our protest is heard. Please only use the four key points listed in the latest RAG newsletter. This was distributed to 6,000 households just before the AGM and can also be found on this blog on our main page. The AMs will present all your letters to the Minister, as the weight of public opinion will be an important element in the Minister’s final decision.

You do not have to be a RAG member to write so please encourage friends and neighbours, who are aware of the issue, and who care about protecting our tranquil, open space for future generations.

At the AGM, mention was made about Welsh Water’s (Dwr Cymru) need for more reservoir provision in the growth area of south east Wales. Our AMs are taking this up with Welsh Water, as a separate issue, so please do not raise this in your letter.

Take Action! Please write to your AM NOW and make sure your views are heard. If you do not make your views heard we willl have missed an opportunity to show the great weight of local opinion opposed to Western Power's proposals.