Secretary: David Medcalf
Page last update October 7th 2015
Further details soon
Meirionnydd woodlands "on a par with tropical rainforests in importance".
A recent study funded by Natural Resources Wales has found a number of plant species which were either thought to be extinct or have never been found in north Wales before. The study has prompted various projects to enhance and protect the Meirionnydd environment. Read the study here:
Investment in Dolgellau
The Heritage Lottery Fund is to commit over £1 million to a Townscape Heritage project in Dolgellau. This will enhance the town and provide training and employment opportunities. The historic town has more than 180 listed buildings. More details can be seen here: We welcome any investment in the area, especially ones such as this which preserve history as well as benefiting the economy.
Pont Briwet Bridge
The new Pont Briwet Bridge has been open for a few months and is a big success after the frustration of the over-running build project. A new bus service is now runs between Barmouth and Porthmadog. See here:
Pylons across the Dwyryd estuary
The National Grid Visual Impact Provision initiative has now included this area on the final short-list. Further technical investigations will decide if and how work might go ahead on this wonderful and much needed improvement.
See here for more information and photos showing the impact of the pylons.
Harlech Bank Closure:
The HSBC Bank in Harlech will close in December. This is the only bank with a branch in Harlech, so residents will need to travel to Porthmadog for face-to-face banking services.
Dolgellau Magistrates Court:
The Ministry of Justice proposes to close Dolgellau Magistrates Court, after months of denying that this was a possibility. This would cause big problems for people in Meirionnydd who need to attend court, including family, witnesses and police officers, as well as people charged with offences.
Gwynedd Council is being urged to oppose this suggestion. See here:
This halt on the Cambrian Coast line has been rebuilt as part of the Briwet Bridge project. Network Rail proposed to install a 'standard' lighting set up with very tall, permanently on, lighting stanchions. Previously the halt had no lighting. After a long campaign by local residents, Snowdonia National Park and CPRW [during which time the station operated with no lighting], Network Rail has relented and installed much small stanchions with lights which are only on when a train is due. Hopefully this will not impact Snowdonia National Park's attempts to achieve "International Dark Sky Reserve" status, as held by Brecon Beacons NP.
New Dolgellau Website
There is a new website promoting Dolgellau: See here
It is well done and worth taking a look at. Please give the link to friends who are interested in Meirionnydd and, of course, if you have any events in the area, I’m sure they would be willing to publicise them.
Meirionnydd County Flag
On 2nd January 2015 Meirionnydd became the 37th county to have its own flag. You can see the design and some of the fascinating history here:
We would like to welcome our most recent new members Mrs. Wendy Blythe
Please contact the Secretary if you would like to join CPRW and help to
protect our wonderful area of rural Wales.
Links to other local partners
Contact the Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01766 512115 ) if you come across any concerns for Meirionnydd that CPRW should be engaged with.