Safeguarding the future of the river Usk
We are writing to you about a petition, which the Brecon and Radnor branch of The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) has submitted to the Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee. Please would you help CPRW to achieve its goal of 5000 signatures. If CPRW can achieve 5000 signatures, the petition will be recommended for debate by the Senedd. Our hope is that a Senedd debate of the issues (including the severe cuts to Natural Resources Wales’ budget) would be a step towards improvements in planning practice and regulation.
This is a link to the petition site: https://www.assembly.wales/en/ gethome/e-petitions/Pages/ petitiondetail.aspx? PetitionID=1305. There is also an abbreviated link http://brecon-and-radnor-cprw. wales/ipu-petition. The petition is wordy, but CPRW wanted to set out the issues at some length for the consideration of the Petitions Committee
CPRW has taken this action after a number of meetings with Powys County Council and Natural Resources Wales to discuss the environmental impacts of intensive poultry units, chief among these being impacts on water quality from run-off, manure storage, transport and spreading. NRW are taking steps to limit airborne pollution but are hampered by severe budget cuts. Many of the intensive poultry units applications fall below the threshold for NRW permitting and regulation. We have been very disappointed that Powys Council planners still show no signs of wanting to recognise any of the potential impacts of this type of development, despite expressions of concern from many local environmental bodies. It continues to pass planning applications without adequate scrutiny. We understand that similar problems are being experienced around the country.
It’s not a requirement to be resident in Wales, and anyone downstream of Welsh water pollution has a very strong interest.
CPRW has gathered a great deal of information about the rapid expansion of the intensive poultry industry in Powys and this can be found on CPRW website: http://www.brecon-and-radnor– cprw.wales/.
Please help by sharing this petition with people you know. The petition end date is 22ndMay so there is not a great deal of time left.
If there is any more information you want, please do get in touch with Margaret Tregear, CPRW Brecon & Radnor Committee (01497 821668 or http://www.brecon-and-radnor– cprw.wales/).