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Reject the application to develop an opencast mine at Bryn Defaid in Llwydcoed, Aberdare

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There are two future visions possible for our village and its surrounding environment.  The old-style vision which the application represents is continuing reliance upon extractive industries. This is a vision that consigns the area to a future that is unsustainable, short-termist, bleak, dirty and outdated. The newer vision we seek is of a brighter, more diverse, service based future - as represented in the policies of RCT Council and the Welsh Government (RCT CBC Single Integrated Plan; Valleys Regional Park; Sustainable Development Scheme; Heads of the Valleys Low Carbon Zone) This is a vision that offers hope for a greener, healthier Cynon Valley based on tourism, leisure, environmental improvement and sustainable development.

Celtic Energy’s vision is a hangover from the past. It represents short term advantages to those whose jobs will be saved, but disadvantages to the many who have to suffer environmental degradation. The alternative is a vision for the future. It will create more sustainable types of opportunity but these are less tangible and longer term. What is needed is for local councilors to get firmly behind this new future now, to believe in it, invest in it and help local people feel committed to it. Why give this future away to a company that has little interest in the long term welfare of the local area and whose only concern is immediate profit? 

If this application succeeds, it will be the same as the other opencast mines that are now accumulating across the Heads of the Valleys and add to the growing arc of opencasts from Neath to Merthyr Tydfil.  These developments are:

  • polluting, noisy and ugly
  • damaging to the local environment
  • detrimental to the area’s slowly-recovering, still fragile natural beauty
  • a depressing reminder to local people that their local environment is not valued – except in money terms

The company will be forced to remediate the damage they cause but they cannot hide the scarring of the land and the setback to the alternative future we all desire.

 

We plead with RCT Councilors to vote against this proposal and, in the process, vote for a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable future for the Welsh valleys which is in line with their own policy initiatives and those of the Welsh Assembly Government.



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