Last night and I was back in Abergwyngregyn for a community consultation event. Having worked with Gavin, Dafydd. John and Hywel for the last 2 years on the designing, scoping, screening and so on for the Anafon Community hydro it was time to go back to the community to discuss the ‘what next’ phase. In a community of only 190 people it was heartening to see every chair occupied in the community meeting room in the old mill. We had just under 50 people there to discuss everything from the weir aesthetics to company structures…. hydro building through to what to do with the income. It was a really open and positive meeting. We have offered to take those who attended to see the Snowdon hydro in Sept to see what we are talking about.
£1.3m is a an awful lot of money for a community company to raise but it will also lay the foundation for quite a few generations of income for the Abergwyngregyn community. I have to say in the 6 or so community energy schemes I am working with, the meetings have been some of the most positive community meetings I have ever attend. We can all see the benefit (as long as we get the detail right!)