Sunday, 7 July 2013

92 Walk to Save our Reservoirs!

The third Save Our Cardiff Reservoirs Walk took place on Saturday 6th July and was another successful event. In glorious sunshine 92 supporters took part in one of five routes ranging between three and 21 miles in length. The event was supported by politicians of all parties who included: Baroness Jenny Randerson; Jonathan Evans (MP Cardiff North); Julie Morgan (AM Cardiff North) and former First Minister Rhodri Morgan; Eluned Parrott (AM South Wales Central); Councillors Phil Bale, and Andrew Graham; as well as Craig Williams and Mari Williams the prospective parliamentary candidates for Cardiff North.  We also had a contingent of parents and children from Rhyd-y-Penau Primary School (see photo above), who walked from the school down to Pontcanna and back.

The Save Our Cardiff Reservoirs Walk raises funds for the Reservoir Action Group (RAG) who are campaigning to prevent a housing development on Llanishen reservoir, and the return of the reservoirs as a public amenity so that the citizens of Cardiff can enjoy sailing, fishing, bird-watching and walking at Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs.  The campaign had a significant boost in April when the reservoir owner, Western Power Distribution (WPD) had their outline planning permission for housing turned down by the Welsh Government Ministers following a public inquiry.  However, Llanishen reservoir was temporarily drained to allow an engineers inspection in 2010 and has been left empty since then. RAG are currently campaigning to have the reservoir refilled and the Council-run sailing school opened again.