I’m delighted to note that Welsh Water have backed down from their plans to make their stone track, that runs from De Braose Close down towards the river, permanent.
We were all horrified when the woodland, that ran directly into Radyr Woods ,was cut in half by the sudden appearance of a stone track. Even more so when Welsh Water announced that they would need it to be a permanent scar in the woods. And to add to the insult, it seemed to be necessary because of inadequate planning to deal with waste water from Plas Dwr.
So it is great news to hear that once the development of an underground connection below the woods across to a new pumping station on the other side of the river is complete, Welsh Water “have decided to remove the track and will fully reinstate the area to its original state once our work has been completed”. The engineering and tunnelling work has to happen first, so reinstatement won’t begin until November 2024 (click here to read the details).
It is great that Welsh Water recognise the value of this land to the local community and to the environment more generally. Perhaps the Council’s Planning Committee will realise what a folly it would be to allow a developer to build an even bigger road and houses through the same woods. I know Cllr. Sean Driscoll has worked hard behind the scenes to achieve this. Others too that I am not aware of, I’m sure. Many thanks to them all. Let’s make sure the Planning Committee know about this!
There is a Welsh Water public information event on 4th September from 4pm to 7pm at Danescourt Primary School. If you’d like to meet with the Welsh Water team, email community [at] dwrcymru [dot] com with your name and preferred time.