Glasbury-Hay update

SWOAPG has now managed to speak with Powys County Council about the ban on canoe launching at Glasbury. The situation is that the Council finds itself legally obliged to carry out an environmental assessment before it can once again permit launching (both ‘recreational’ and ‘commercial’) at the Bont. This is likely to take months and there doesn’t seem to be any way round it. There may, however, be things that Providers can do to help achieve a positive result from the assessment process – one of which, unfortunately, is for paddlers to comply with the ‘ban’ in the meantime. This is because the Council needs to be able to demonstrate that paddlers would comply with any conditions that it might need to impose for environmental protection; and any form of ‘protest paddling’ in the meantime could seriously undermine that ability and result in more draconian restrictions being applied than might otherwise be necessary.

We’re very sorry not to have any more positive news at the moment. This is of course extremely frustrating for everyone involved, but we are working behind-the-scenes in the hope of at least bringing you a bit more information in the next week or two…

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