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Friday, 26 June 2015


As you may or may not be aware, the opencast developers who wish to erase Rhaslas pond and have a massive opencast site in its place, have lost their case - a refusal of application -  albeit only Round 1 in the process of negotiation. The developers will surely appeal against this decision, however it is a tremendous boost for all who have campaigned vigorously for Rhaslas Pond to be kept, along with the surrounding hillside. Well done to all concerned.
The other part in this Shakespearian tragedy is that Rhaslas could form part of the new 'super' Gwent county, as Caerphilly is already administered as part of Gwent, Policing & NHS etc. Could we lose Caerphilly to Gwent - I quote the CO of the BEF at First Ypres, 'there will be no withdrawal!' The recording area boundaries for East Glamorgan are as they stand today & will remain so. The river Rhymney is the border, with the exception of the eastern Cardiff UA (Wentloog & RGW), this was agreed with Gwent in 1996. Rhaslas will remain in Glamorgan, as will all of the western half of Caerphilly for the recording of all avifauna. So to all Glamorgan listers, please rest easy in your beds.


Mitch said...

Good news all round then !

Phil B said...

This is very good news indeed and congratulation to all those who have campaigned against the scheme. For sure, this is only Round One, the mining company will almost certainly appeal, but the given massive slump in world coal prices, you have to wonder about economics of proceeding with this scheme whatever the outcome. Let's hope that kills off this crazy project.

Jeff said...

Well said Phil and huge congratulations to those involved in the campaign.