However, before we commit to this course of action we need to know whether we have your support in doing so!
SWOAPG is a not-for-profit company which exists specifically to represent organisations and businesses providing outdoor activity in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons, with the aim of “promoting and developing sustainable outdoor activity provision” in this area. Many organised groups and hire companies who use the Wye from Glasbury to Hay are already SWOAPG Members; and we already have over 10 years’ experience in managing an access ‘concordat’ (between activity providers and Natural Resources Wales / Brecon Beacons National Park Authority) that enables groups to undertake sustainable gorge-walking activity in Waterfall Country. SWOAPG would appear therefore to be ideally placed to negotiate and manage a similar ‘concordat’ with Powys County Council for paddlesport groups launching at Glas-y-Bont.
The details and scope of any such ‘concordat’ are yet to be defined (and will only be agreed in consultation with river users), but are likely to include restrictions required to protect the river environment (which will be defined by an environmental assessment currently being undertaken by the Council) and a Code of Conduct designed to minimise the impact on local communities and other users (covering aspects such as parking and group behaviour). NB we also anticipate that other launching sites on this stretch of the river might in due course be encouraged to take account of the terms of any ‘concordat’ that is agreed with Powys County Council, so it could potentially have implications beyond the Glas-y-Bont launch site.