Sunday, August 26, 2018
Barbed wire is also often added to the top of the stile.
The Canyon was common land before the opencast in the 60s, so in 1964 when the opencast finished it should have been retuned to common land, so all could roam in there once more.
The powers that be let the community down and didn't legally make this happen, but locals have used it like common land, for many activities including walking and enjoying the unique features of the Canyons like the blue lagoon and amazing cliff faces.
The owners of the Canyon trying to stop us visiting the lake is unacceptable.
So we need to get the authorities to do what they should have done in the 60s, and make this ground open access.
One of the ways we can do this is to collect evidence that people have been going down to the blue lagoon for more than 20 years. This is how we make the path people have taken since the 60s official by getting it on the "Definitive map"
For this we need to contact people who have walked this route and get them to fill in evidence forms.
Public Right of way evidence form in PDF
Public Rights of Way evidence form MS Word doc
Monday, March 19, 2018
who need all your comments in by 28th March 2018.
"Make Representation", or
and cc in firstname.lastname@example.org, or
quoting reference Case APP/V6945/A/17/3187180
canyon, send them one. Responses need to be in your own words, but the sort of things you could include are:
- The site is valuable for many species of wildlife including 13 Schedule One birds that use the area.
- The woodland where the proposed new road will go is valuable ancient woodland with many important species including several types of bat
- 100 lorries a day on the proposed new access road across the common - increased risk of flooding to nearby properties, and interference to public amenity of those using the common
- the canyons are now much more widely used and known about because of the publicity around the planning application (send photos and examples)
- the developers said there was no public access to the land at the planning meeting. This is not true. The canyon is well used by walkers and cyclists, and the areas of common immediately surrounding the canyon (including the road and the common) are used by walkers, cyclists, horseriders, people flying model planes and kites and playing golf. All these will be endangered by the lorry movements.
- Peakman claim this is a "restoration" project taking "secondary aggregates" which will improve the canyon and its environment and they are using rules for developing old industrial sites which have recently closed, rather than a site which nature has reclaimed over the last 50+ years.
- unacceptable noise, light and dust pollution to local residents and neighbouring communities such as Brynithel, Llanhilleth and Pantagasseg
- significant additional HGV movements and associated pollution on the already congested and heavily polluted roads through Hafodyrynys and Crumlin
- the canyons are part of our industrial heritage and should be protected and linked with nearby Blaenavon World Heritage Site
- the benefit of 12 jobs does not outweigh all the bad consequences of this development
- there is no longer a requirement for Torfaen to produce a certain amount of aggregate
- is there a shortage of this sort of stone? No, so opening up this quarry will simply mean jobs are lost elsewhere - so no job gain
- the site should be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I oppose the planning application because of the Ancient woodland it will affect There are 3 ancient or ancient replanted woodlands in the areas: Map Ref:ST253999 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient semi-natural woodland (2.82 hectares)SO252007 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient semi-natural woodland (9.05 hectares)SO249011 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient replanted woodland (0.45 hectares)The new road cuts back and fore through this ancient wood land which is unacceptable
On the way to the lake is a unique landscape including exposed rock making a cliff. Between (323319,201589 and 323409,201495). Could the plans be adjusted to preserve this cliff face and the approach to the lake
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Further Information 2016
- 0542.00002.16.TP 3-1B Phase 1
- 0542.00002.16.TP 3-4B Phase 4
- 160429 03 P 09336 NRW letter dated 29-4-16
- 160510-Burroughs Access Road Engineering Options
- Copy of Ti'r Pentwys Implementation Programme v3 06 06 16
- letter14 03 16
- Norman Jones 10 05 16
- SLR letter dated 9-6-16
- Tir Pentwys Access Road Geotechnical Study March 2016
- Tir Pentwys Access Road Geotechnical Study v2 06 05 16
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Please write to Torfaen Planning to try and save this beautiful place
Thursday, November 14, 2013
9.4 In practice, planning proposals for the Tir Pentwys site are well advanced and thus a clear indication is available of its potential to achieve the Plan’s aims. Given the existing deep excavations, the
wider visual impact of the extraction itself would be limited and it would be practicable to impose and enforce restrictions on the operations to minimise the impact on nearby residents. A new haul
road would be required which would be visible where it crosses the plateau to the south of the quarry (although much of its length would be along existing roads) and would also require significant
engineering works to reach the Old Crumlin Road. Those works would also involve changes to an area of ancient woodland which could have an effect on the nature conservation value of the area. However, the area of woodland is a substantial one and I have not been made aware of any factors which would prevent an acceptable technical solution being arrived at. I am satisfied that the Tir Pentwys site is capable of meeting the aggregates requirements of the Borough.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Please get all your Friends Family and Neighbours to sign, as we need to close the e-petition this week, to get it off to the council.
Here is some info on the geology of the Canyon
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Just 1 mile from the ancient church of St Illtyd, is this amazing canyon, just 50 yds from the road !
Directions from Abertillery via Sixbells and St Illtyd
Park in the layby marked "B", best wear wellies or walking boots if its rained recently !
From Pontypool to the canyon via Pantygasseg
Starting at Tesco car park roundabout, via Pantygasseg
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
DUST +RAIN = MUD
MUD on top of mountain + GRAVITY =
When the trees have been removed, and the rocks have been lorried away, what keep the mountain there ?
If its dry, the earth will just blow over Llanhilleth and Brynithel, or Pantygaseg or Six Bells.
If it rains, what stops all this heading down Blaencuffin road, Llanhilleth or Oxford Place ?
Is it really sensible doing this on top of a mountain, above a village ?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The answer has come back pretty quickly ... click here YES
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED!!!
PLEASE E-MAIL BGCBC BY NOON ON THURSDAY 16TH
In their new Local Development Plan Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council have described our beautiful canyon as "Tir Pentwys Tip" in their summary leaflet and followed Torfaen Council by allocating it as a preferred area for mineral extraction i.e. quarrying !!
The whole canyon has been marked as a Preferred Area, which are "areas of known mineral resources with some commercial potential, and where planning permission might reasonably be expected"
Please oppose this by filling in the form at http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/environment/15675.asp
- You object to the Policy SP12, in particular the allocation of Tir Pentwys as M4 Preferred Area, because you value the Canyon for its beauty/biodiversity/tranquility/geology etc. The area is well used for walking, cycling, horseriding etc.
- The site is designated as both a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is in a Special Landscape Area. Surely these designations mean that it would not be appropriate to quarry aggregate there?
- The impact of noise and dust should quarrying take place would be unacceptable.
- The local road network is not suitable for large numbers of HGVs, and the proposed access road in neighbouring Torfaen's Tir Pentyws Planning Application would destroy ancient woodland.
- The definition of a Preferred Area seems to indirectly promise planning consent to a development on the site via "the back door".
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I'm writing to let you know about a meeting I have just found out about. I'm sorry if you receive this too late to attend, but I'm hoping some of you may be able to go.The meeting is to be held at the old washery (concrete pork pie !), on the old road between Crumlin and Pontypool (just off the A472). Don Touhig, MP for Islwyn will be there, so we need to have as many people there as possible. This meeting point will be very close to where the 100 lorries a day would meet this already congested road.
You may remember that Torfaen asked Peakman, the developer, for a lot more information back in December 2006, based on an independent aggregate consultant's report they commissioned which questioned the quality of the stone, and therefore the financial soundness of the stated intention to quarry. Well Peakman have finally submitted this information and the results of the 100 tonne rock sample they took last year back to Torfaen. This means that they are obviously pushing on with their application, so we need to step up the campaign again.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Objections to a planning application must be made on planning grounds – not on the perceived impact of a development. The most significant grounds you can use to object to this development are:
You can object to the development on the grounds that the canyon is an informal leisure amenity, used by people for walks, cycling and dog walking. Let torfaen know what you use the area for and how often, otherwise it may all soon be gone !
Biodiversity. The site encompasses a wetlands, pond, cliffs, grassland, woodland and heath. This is a very broad range of habitats which will be disrupted or, in the case of the wetlands, pond and current cliffs, completely destroyed.
Sightings in the area of Hen Harriers – a species classed as red (high) conservation priority by the RSPB.
Ancient woodland There are 3 ancient or ancient replanted woodlands in the areas: Map Ref:
ST253999 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient semi-natural woodland (2.82 hectares)
SO252007 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient semi-natural woodland (9.05 hectares)
SO249011 Classified by the Woodland Trust as Ancient replanted woodland (0.45 hectares)
It would appear that the new service road will pass directly through ST253999 and affect one other area of new woodland.
Planning Policy Wales is a Welsh Assembly document that gives overarching planning policy. Paragraph 5.2.8 states:
“ancient and semi-natural woodlands are irreplaceable habitats of high biodiversity value which should be protected from development that would result in significant damage.”
It also states: “local planning authorities should seek to protect trees, groups of trees and areas of woodland where they have natural heritage value or contribute to the character or amenity of a particular locality.”
Biodiversity is covered in the environmental statement that accompanied the application, but you may wish to raise some questions regarding this or suggest a fuller survey needs to be undertaken because some areas of the canyon were inaccessible. There is some anecdotal evidence from residents of Red Kites and some sightings of Hen Harries have been made in the area.
Email Template Please read and adjust before sending off to torfaen planning
to Duncan.Smith@Torfaen.gov.uk (planning department)
subject Quarry Application 03/P/09336
Dear Torfaen Planning
Could you register my objection to the proposed development at Tirpentwys, Hafodrynys, Pontypool, Torfaen please 03/P/09336
Please delete, add and adjust the list below as necessary.
I regularly Walk/ Cycle/ Dog Exercise /horse ride /picnic / hunt /camp /golf /explore /bird watch /nature watch on the mountain and in the canyon
The noise, pollution and disturbance from the lorries would ruin this
The road widening and new roads, traffic lights and gates on the common would spoil this
The new road through the woods would spoil this
I remember / have been told about how much dust and noise is generated when the mountain is moved and put into lorries let alone rock crushed, this would destroy my enjoyment of my home/ garden/ allotment and cost me extra time and money in dust cleaning
The planning application says that one of the first areas to be destroyed by dumping earth that cannot be sold would be the lake, I think the lake should be protected and kept for future generations to enjoy
If this development were to go ahead the wildlife including birds of prey, small mammals, aquatic life and lichen would have nowhere similar to live, even if they weren't destroyed by the crusher, the noise or the dust or diggers
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Type your full address here including postcode
Monday, July 24, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
HELP SAVE BLAENCUFFIN “CANYON” !
On the road between St. Illtyd and Pantygasseg/Hafodrynys
A planning application has been resubmitted to Torfaen County Borough Council by Peakman Ltd, they want to sell aggregate from the Torfaen end of the “Canyon” left by the open cast mining. The rock will be processed by three huge crushing and screening machines, and operations will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 100 lorries per day will leave the site and travel across Mynydd Llanhilleth to near Pantygasseg Old School where a new road will be built to join the Hafodrynys Road. The work is estimated to take at least 20 years to complete then the site will be “landscaped”, our heritage wiped out. Only 12 new jobs will be created. Even worse, the applicants say that if successful, they will apply to do further work in the western Blaenau Gwent end of the site.
If it goes ahead, this application will have a huge impact on this peaceful and beautiful mountain. If you do not want the Canyon destroyed or if you do not want more opencast type disruption, then you MUST write to the address below explaining why you do not want the application to be granted.
Points to consider in your letters include:
· What will the impact on the landscape be? The Canyon and surrounding forestry can be seen for miles. The application contains no artists impressions of what the site will look like during or after the work.
· How will it affect footpaths and bridleways? Several public rights of way run through the site.
· What will be the impact on wildlife? The site currently has a variety of woodland, wetland and heathland habitats, and Gwent Wildlife Trust have said that the cliff faces are potential breeding sites for Peregrine. The canyon is unique, I know of nowhere else like it.
· How will vehicle movement affect the area? Surely the road between Crumlin and Pontypool is congested enough !
· What will happen after the 20 year period is up? Could further development take place? What happens if the company run out of money before the restoration is completed?
· What will the noise pollution, light pollution, water pollution and dust be like? The site and surrounding mountain are very peaceful and are well used by walkers, cyclists, horseriders etc.
· Are we certain that there is a need and demand for the materials that can’t be met elsewhere?
Please send your letters as soon as possible to:
Torfaen County Borough Council
Re: 03/P/09336 –Recovery of secondary aggregates, Tirpentwys, Hafodrynys, Pontypool, Torfaen
Moss and Lichen Pictures