Decisions, decisions… climate change, sea level rise, nuclear, heritage buildings, renewables, biodiversity, people… changing world

Grade 2* Felin Gafnan next to the old Wylfa Nuclear Power Station. About to be n very 'next' to the new Wylfa. Changing coast

Energy coast on N Anglesey. Tidal, Nuclear, heritage mill and few miles from quite a few wind turbines. Grade 2* Felin Gafnan next to the old Wylfa Nuclear Power Station. About to be very ‘next’ to the new Wylfa. Changing coast

 Yesterday was one of those ‘interesting’ days with John, Kathy, Andy and Bryn. North Anglesey and the area around and between the old Wylfa Nuclear Power station and the Cemlyn Bay tidal lagoon. The factors, decisions and impacts affecting this area are incredible.

  • Climate change and the current sea level rise moving or removing the tidal lagoon and all the associated flora and fauna. Loss of agricultural land, farm buildings and so on
  • The new £10b nuclear power station which will be built along the old one and abutting NT land. 11m tonnes of waste soil and rock, worlds tallest crane, carving out a new harbour and this list goes on
  • The impact on the grade 2* Felin Gafnan water-mill and its setting
  • Renewable energy from the tidal turbines planned nearby. Grid infrastructure, impact on the AONB
  • and  on an on. Jobs, water supply, access, coastal path, culture, opportunity

It was a bit mind-boggling but also a microcosm of the world in general (a very big microcosm). What was good about the day was seeing the deep thinking which is currently underway in the NT. One of the old definitions of conservation was ” the management of change” and this area on the N Anglesey coast is the premier league of change. Historic, active and man-made.

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This is why I had been invited. could we harness the small tidal power from the lagoon at Cemlyn. The answer is simple. No we could not. sea level rise changing the nature of the site, no grid,  heavy infrastructure for a small gain.

 

the challange we all face. to the left the Irish Sea. To the right farm land and farm houses. Cemlyn Lagoon area is undergoing change

the challenge we all face. ‘Change’! To the left the Irish Sea. To the right farm land and farm buildings. Cemlyn Lagoon area is undergoing change

Felin Gafnan Mill. stuning local. what do you do with this listed building which is right on the coast? (my feet were in salt water taking the picture

Felin Gafnan Mill. stunning location. What do you do with this listed building which is right on the coast? (my feet were in salt water taking the picture

and this little treasure behind the mill

and this little treasure is behind the mill

 

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