Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is calling out to the local communities of ‘Waterfall Country’ along with anyone else concerned about the area to take part in a public consultation regarding a new report aimed at addressing the traffic management issues in the area.
The ‘Waterfall Country Visitor Traffic Study’ report was commissioned by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority on behalf of a partnership of Local Authorities, Ystradfellte Community Council and Natural Resources Wales.
The study was undertaken by Transport Initiatives LLP and their report is the result of work undertaken over the past 12 months. Community workshops have taken place that have enabled local people to have their say, identify the main issues and shape the proposed outcomes and solutions. The report makes recommendations and proposals and provides a provisional programme of measures that the Partnership could implement given the necessary funding.
Approved to go for public consultation by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority on Friday November 2nd 2018, the report is now available for communities and interested parties to have their final say before approval in February 2019.
WATO (Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation) – of which SWOAPG is a core member – is currently conducting a feasibility study (for the local council) on the scope for increasing the level of adventurous activity taking place on the Vale of Glamorgan coastline. This study is looking at the suitability of venues for activity and the level of interest among providers for operating in this area. Possible venues / activities might include:
SUP / canoe journeys on the River Ogmore
Mountain biking on Ogmore Down
Coasteering between Ogmore and Southerndown
Surfing and paddlesport journeys at Dunraven and Llantwit Major
Land and water-based activities at Rhoose Point
Climbing in inland quarries
The feasibility study will include an online survey of potential providers and other stakeholders (coming soon), consultation events in VoG area (Jan/Feb 2019) and a ‘showcase event’ to demonstrate what might be achievable (Spring 2019).
SWOAPG has passed on to the project team the contact details of our Full and Associate Members who are based within c.50km of the Vale of Glamorgan*, who will be contacted in due course with consultation opportunities.
If you would like to be added to (or removed from) the list of consultees – or if you have an interest in getting more involved in this project – please let me know.
*We have only passed on details for members who have given us consent to publish them; and who are based in the following postcode areas: all CF and NP, LD3 and SA1-19 postcode areas.
Steve Rayner, South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group Coodinator
Following our recent notice (see below) regarding Powys CC’s consultation on future management of canoeing from Glasbury Bont…
… Jane Hughes of Wye Valley Canoes has informed us that she is facing an imminent threat of legal action which, if successful, could have huge implications for all canoeing providersnot only on the Wye but also on other rivers. Jane is asking for the support of other operators, initially by attending one of two meetings where she will explain what assistance she is looking for. One of these meetings will, therefore, be:
A Meeting for all SWOAPG Members with a canoeing interest (particularly Glasbury-Hay), immediately following the SWOAPG AGM (scheduled for 6.30-7.30pm) on Tue 27 Nov at RockUK Summit Centre CF46 6RD
To learn more about and consider initial responses to the Powys CC Consultation; and
To hear from Jane how other Providers might be able to assist her case.
All Glasbury-Hay users need to be aware that Powys CC is about to launch a consultation exercise around the future management of commercial operations using the Glasbury Bont launch site
We hope you will be able to join us at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group on…
Tuesday 27 November, 6.30pm at RockUK Summit Centre, CF46 6RD
Refreshments will be available for purchase from the cafe and, after the meeting, a free tour of the Centre and free use of the climbing wall (subject to registered climber conditions).
The agenda for the meeting will include:
Overview of SWOAPG's recent and planned activity
Receipt of formal reports and accounts
Approval of new Terms of Reference:
New Terms of Reference are attached. These are required because of our transition to Company status. They describe our new membership categories (agreed last year) and the roles of the Steering Group, Board of Directors and key individuals. Also attached are our Articles of Association and our old Terms of Reference, for anyone who is interested in the detail of the changes (!).
Election of Steering Group, Directors & Chairperson: we have received the following nominations (any others to be received by 20 Nov – we still have at least one vacancy):
Steering Group: Stephen Davies (School Camp Ltd) and Roger Lee (Hampshire & Cass Foundation Mountain Centre)
Board of Directors: Mark Soanes (Call of the Wild – already co-opted, needs to be elected formally) and Stephen Davies
Chairperson: Emyr Rees (current Chairperson)
Formal Dissolution of SWOAPG as an Unincorporated Association (following our Incorporation as a Company Limited by Guarantee)
Approval of 2019 Membership Fees (we are proposing to keep the same fees as 2018, with no increase for inflation)
Q&A with Steering Group & Coordinator
Final details (including the annual report and accounts) will follow in due course.
Paddlers on the UPPER WYE: please note revised parking arrangements at LLYSWEN / BOUGHROOD (South of Builth Wells):
PLEASE DO NOT PARK in front of Archdeacon Griffiths Primary School in Llyswen (although you may still drop-off there).
Alternative parking is available on the roads in Boughrood village (across the bridge) – but please continue to EARN A WELCOME for paddlers by parking considerately, changing discreetly, avoiding public peeing and taking your litter home (there have been recent complaints about all these).
The School Governors have asked us to make paddlers aware that, since the school has been re-built, the car park is no longer available to ad-hoc canoeists (sorry!) – and parking in front of the school obstructs access for staff and emergency services.
Organised groups may still be able to use the school car park (for a contribution to school funds) – arrange in advance by phoning 01874 754334 during school hours.
South Wales Outdoor Activity Group has vacancies for at least 2 Steering Group Members, with the option of also becoming SWOAPG Company Directors. These positions are open to any Individual Members, or nominated representatives of Corporate Members, who would like to help us do the best we can to represent the interests of the outdoor activity sector in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons.
New Steering Group members and Directors will be elected at our Annual General Meeting, Tue 27 Nov, 6.30-7.30pm RockUK Summit Centre.
Nominations for these positions should be sent to me by Tuesday 20 November – or contact me if you have any questions about what's involved.
Full details of the AGM agenda etc. will follow in due course…
Further to our recent messages, it appears that the gating-off of the access lane from Pontneddfechan Community Centre to the Gunpowder Works and Loonies’ Leap is almost complete (see photograph).
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is liaising with the landowner to try to maintain access (and is still seeking documentary evidence of historical usage to support this), but in the meantime Natural Resources Wales has provided the following advice on alternative routes if / when these become necessary. We appreciate that the return to Dinas Rock over the top of the hill will be inconvenient, but we ask all providers to respect these environmental & safety concerns and regard this as the only alternative route until further notice.
If the river-right access is ‘lost’, groups are asked for the time being to return from Loonies’ Leap up the Gunpowder steps and retrace their route back to Dinas Rock. Groups should not return to Pontneddfechan using the path on river left, until this route can be assessed by a lower plant specialist – nor should they stay in the river downstream of the upper (Loonies’ Leap) footbridge.
In the riverrequires crossing the NRW weir, the weir is man-made and not designed to be walked over. The weir is very slippery and any fall is likely to result in injury. The rest of the river back to Dinas is shallow and groups are likely to walk on exposed gravels and sensitive mossy stones at the edge of the river.