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Rewilding in Llanbedr

 

Are you interested in a rewilding project in Llanbedr? This is your chance to volunteer in a community project in Llanbedr, a great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends..

 

We would like to form a volunteering group to develop plans for a parcel of land to the south of the playing field. It is our hope to rewild this area;  creating  a wild meadow - a wildlife and insects haven, planting native bushes, memorial trees, paths and places to sit and relax.

 

Initially we will develop a plan with volunteers, then apply for a grant to undertake some preparatory work with machinery.

 

 

 

 

We would like as many of the community and Bryn Deiliog residents to get involved, share ideas, take part in activites with the end goal to create a peaceful space for everyone in the community to enjoy.

 

If you are interested or want to find out more details, please get in touch by mailing post@llanbedr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2020:

Following a successful meeting at the site with community councillors and volunteers present, many good ideas have materialized towards developing the project in a nature friendly way.

The aim at present is to cut some of the grass and undergrowth during the winter to encourage new growth in the spring and summer. A study of the range of plant species will take place during the growing season, and there will be no other mowing until autumn. This would be the start of deciding what kind of meadow or grassland would be possible for future maintenance.

The evidence of parts of two previous fields at this location provides the inspiration towards this plan. According to the tithe map of the area, one of the fields was a paddock on Tyddyn-y-pandy land, and the other was arable land on Pen-y-bont farm. The Bryn Deiliog estate was built on the upper part of these fields, leaving this patch at the lower end derelict as it was not suitable for house building. The football field and the children’s playground were located on the fields adjoining Penybont farmhouse (now Plas Newydd site).

A long term aim is to revive parts of the original boundaries with traditional hedge laying methods, and maybe plant a new hedge on the boundary with Bryn Deiliog. If you are interested in learning the craft of hedge laying, get in touch with us. Training and equipment will be provided for volunteers keen to take part in keeping hedges well maintained.  

 March 2021

Work starts to clear brush and plant a new hedge. Seating to be installed and the first stage of the project for the area established. Following a poll on Facebook, a new name has been chosen for the community garden area:   Cae Deiliog

 


 

Llanbedr Airfield

Exciting developments have been announced recently for the airfield.

  1. The site has been earmarked as an Enterprise Zone by the Welsh Government.
  2. The site has been listed as one of eight to be considered as a possible UK Space Port.

A public consultation regarding access to the Airfield has taken place and plans for a village by-pass proposed.

 

Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr Airfield, part of Snowdonia Enterprise Zone

Cutting-edge technology combined with an airspace unique in the UK are helping the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre to thrive – with plans to develop the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone site as an international centre of excellence for the next generation of manned and unmanned aircraft systems.
 
2016 has seen the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre host trials of innovative technology vital to environmental monitoring and flood prevention teams thanks to the safe operating environment at Llanbedr Airfield, and the 7,100km² of segregated airspace, stretching out over Cardigan Bay. 
 
The airfield has facilities which make it a prime test location for unmanned aircraft as part of the broader Wales Unmanned Systems environment, but Llanbedr is also a front-runner to become a UK Spaceport site. An operational spaceport would provide the whole of the UK with infrastructure for the aerospace industry – and could mean that in the future spaceplanes carrying passengers and small satellites into space are launched from the Llanbedr runway. 
 
At the heart of the National Park the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone is a priority area for the Welsh Government and home to two unique sites tailor-made for low carbon energy, ICT or aerospace-related businesses – at Llanbedr and Trawsfynydd. Both sites have Tier 1 Area status meaning that some of the UK’s highest levels of financial support can be available.

Snowdonia Aerospace Chief Executive Lee Paul said: “The past 18 months have been about creating the right operating environment, completing the first phase of investment and getting us ready for the future. Already the site has been used to test civil and military craft – wide ranging campaigns from fisheries enforcement projects to hosting a multinational military training exercise involving Malaysian, Japanese and US forces.  
 
“We hope that new developments in 2017 will mean that Llanbedr is even more appealing to world-wide investment. We are now working with partners to put together a package of investments such as on site accommodation, better site access and licensing to instil even greater investor confidence.
 
The airfield at Llanbedr has all the attributes of a former RAF site, plus state-of-the-art facilities following significant investment with more already underway. 
 
Lee Paul continued: “This year, the site has been used by civil and defence bodies but we’re also seeing the much-needed economic benefits that businesses are bringing to the area. We are supporting 15 companies and 50 jobs on site and our analysis suggests that the next phase of investment could see the site support over 100 jobs and deliver some £4.2m to the local economy. 
 
“We’re really pushing the limits of what we can do at the airfield. In the summer – we were proud to be the site of a Guinness World Record first – setting the land speed record for a remote-control car. We’ve established links with commercially-focussed, research universities like Bangor, Aberystwyth and Manchester with specialist areas including ICT, Space, Electronic Engineering and Autonomous Systems.

“Unmanned aircraft, civil drone development and testing along with supporting the UK military defence training programme are two of the core activities scheduled for the future here. The facilities we are developing together with the unique environment make Llanbedr a “one off” venue for special projects and ideal for research and development and testing and evaluation. 

“Thanks to an EE trial this year too, a UK first, we are maximising our Ultrafast Broadband connectivity to provide 4G mobile coverage on site ensuring that our customers have world class service on demand. 

In October Llanbedr hosted an international military operation. Exercise “Vambrace Warrior” saw the British Army join together with multinational units from Malaysia, Japan, Ireland, the US Army and the US Marines in a special mock-training exercise. A spokesperson for the British Army explained: “The exercise allowed us to develop our operational role including long range patrols and advanced observation skills. We were joined by British air defence units making this the largest UK air deployment since 2003. The unique environment and facilities at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre enabled this exercise to become a huge success.”
 
Jeremy Howitt, UAS Campaigns Manager for multinational defence technology company QinetiQ said: “Wales provides the perfect environment for the development, testing and training of the latest innovations in aerospace and the first-class facilities at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre are ideally suited for all types of manned, unmanned and spaceplane activities. We’re excited about the potential for the commercial uses of unmanned aviation and the economic and environmental benefits this new technology can bring to Wales and the UK.”

Looking ahead to 2017, Lee Paul outlined the importance of ongoing investment and working with the local community. He added: “We know that traffic through the village of Llanbedr can be gridlock at times which is why we’re working with Gwynedd Council. Better access combined with our future development plans for the site is important in generating investor confidence in Llanbedr.
 
“We are creating a world class facility. Our recent Hangar refurbishment and new fuelling capability have been important for that goal. Users of the site have been impressed by the facilities. We want to support future users so we’re also developing accommodation for those running test campaigns. We’re keen to ensure that the locality can benefit as much as possible. As part of our commitment Snowdonia Aerospace Centre has provided the Llanbedr Community Council with a building on site to enable local user groups to continue to operate while their new purpose built facility is being developed in the village.”

For the private-sector led Snowdonia Enterprise Zone board, the priority is now on creating sustainable long term employment opportunities in Meirionnydd and on the Llanbedr site, and for spreading the word world-wide about the unique possibilities at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre. Chair of Snowdonia Enterprise Zone Advisory Board John Idris Jones added: “We know that these are challenging times for Meirionnydd, with limited private sector investment combined with the loss of decommissioning jobs at Trawsfynydd. Snowdonia Aerospace Centre offers real potential for sustainable, well paid jobs going forward and the public and private sector partners are pulling together to grasp the opportunity. From the inception of the zones in 2012/13 there has been major investments in roads, development sites, offices and manufacturing units across Wales.

“Investment into the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone is helping support the development of skills, the capacity for research and development with the long term aim of creating and safeguarding new jobs for the area.”

For Chief Executive Lee Paul, Llanbedr is positioned to support major changes UK Defence forces are experiencing. He concluded: “With the recent announcements to reduce the current MOD landholdings across the country and the closure of several bases, including a number of airfields and training camps, we are offering a cost-effective solution to support the Defence industry and their ongoing training requirements.”


 

Snowdonia Flight School opens at Llanbedr Airfield

https://www.flyer.co.uk/snowdonia-flight-school-opens-at-llanbedr-airfield/


 

July 2019 The Daily Post article on plans to use the airfield for drones carrying medical supplies:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/medicine-delivering-drones-developed-gwynedd-16603445

 


 May 2020:

RAF to return to Llanbedr?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52697000

 

This is an initial consultation and there will be further opportunities to comment. The Llanbedr Community Council response to the initial consultation will not be a detailed response as the Community Council has not been able to meet or canvass the views of local people because of the COVID-19 lockdown

 

https://www.facebook.com/NewyddionS4C/videos/178223290125948/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBq6hQS5nxUaALUsCoy-MILqmTzo2mx8tdckvX0E0KrEnJZNGd1ZXo1sKEtCCM8B2A4-QqJ1g1C_UmMRxi2SVs2Qo8cHGN4Dxein2pvJdrb_agO5v5jslFiZzjSpbxUfkDuxVz0x4RwE-jP1r8fgJ0GqBzMkPOgcRPFkP22PtvLTcHyanvvtaRkyyd6ukWpOOU1LSZreuYur23NchtH6UsvS3aQsk1se4aQ4UYH7ZVj6Iv-T_xt1_9NmRMpNVJqTmLvIV2vFGwWN-8Fb837r97V_X-WA6qES9TIGpwNmaqyVivc9qri27MSfz00UtieXIxYML_tpTNIawP4PMLNTYmneVYt_KB71Q4&__tn__=-R 

 

 

Press statement

Llanbedr Airfield airspace applications

 

Llanbedr Aerodrome’s successful start to 2020 gaining Civil Aviation Authority approval for its air traffic operation, and with flying projects, continues apace as they commence airspace change applications to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ahead of development aimed at bringing hundreds of well paid jobs to the area.

Just before lockdown six months work on certification brought Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) approval to Snowdonia Aerospace making it the first new aerodrome in the country to meet new European Standards of legislation. This also allowed provision of a Flight Information Service for a proof-of-concept demonstration for beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) delivery of a defibrillator by drone to a remote, rural location that would be difficult to reach with an ambulance in a timely fashion. The project was funded by the UK Space Agency and Welsh Government under a National Space Technology Programme/Space for Smarter Government Programme to show how satellite-enabled drones could be used as part of a broader satellite-enabled network to support remote healthcare services in rural Welsh communities.

Also, just before lockdown four cube satellites were launched by B2 Space, from the airfield, to an altitude over 100,000ft as a part of their low-cost space launch development programme.

Snowdonia Aerospace have now commenced an initial early engagement with key stakeholders, including local councillors and community representatives into two airspace change proposals. A full public consultation will take place in the Autumn. All the information about these proposals is on the CAA airspace change portal at: www.airspacechange.caa.co.uk (enter Llanbedr postcode LL45 2PX).  

The larger airspace change proposal is to effectively replace the function of a temporary airspace that has been in use since 2014 with a permanent airspace change to give certainty to customers that they can bring their business to North Wales. Forecast business growth will guarantee new jobs in operations at the airfield and will underpin the aerodrome achieving an aerodrome licence and providing an enhanced capability for all users especially novel aircraft including unmanned air systems (drones), electric aircraft , urban air taxis and space and near space related operations. Both applications for airspace and the licensing of the aerodrome are essential as part of the development, economic activity and job creation.

This month an on line video conference was held with members of Gwynedd Council, local councillors, the National Park and Welsh Government in which Snowdonia Aerospace explained more fully the necessity for airspace change.

In the meeting it was explained that the other airspace change application, for an Air Traffic Zone,  is a standard small airspace design to enhance safety at an aerodrome. The Air Traffic Zone will enhance safety for all users of the airfield and in the vicinity with all aircraft required to talk to the Llanbedr Flight Information Officer in the Control Tower. RAF aircraft from Valley, that used the airfield regularly until 2004,  will recommence some weekday training at Llanbedr once an ATZ is in place.

A recently conducted independent economic impact assessment predicts Llanbedr has the potential to create over 500 jobs and bring £19.5m annually into the local economy in the next five to ten years. A formal community engagement plan is intended to be rolled out later in the year.

 
 

An on-board camera catches the moment a Snowdonia Aerospace drone releases a defibrillator for delivery to a simulated “first aider” and “cardiac arrest patient” at a remote location near Barmouth.

 


 

 

 


 

 New Village Hall

 The Llanbedr Village Hall has been an important centre for the community, but by now, the building does not comply with modern standards. It is therefore time for community members to get in touch with Councillors to decide the future of the centre for the benefit of all the residents. Over the last two years, a group has come together to prepare comprehensive plans for a new village hall. The National Lottery was asked for funding towards the scheme, but unfortunately, the application was unsuccessful.

 

The proposed plan was considered to be too ambitious for community needs, but if we don’t move ahead, the present village hall will not meet the needs of existing users, not to mention the provision of facilities for further enquiries.

 

Get in touch with  post@llanbedr.com immediately to make sure that your needs are being considered.

The details below show the efforts made  over the two years:

 

2012

A group was formed to draw up plans for a new Village Hall.

New Village Hall Project
Since the Committee's establishment at the start of 2012, it has reviewed site options, user requirements (both existing and future),space needs and costs of a new multi purpose village hall. It considered an extended village hall site , prepared a development brief and sought professional advice for the outline design of a building, and submitted grant applications for financial support.
 
Community information took the form of a newsletter distributed to local households, and a community meeting when an outline design was prepared.
January 2013 news:

The initial applications for financial assistance were completed. While designs for a new village hall were developing, the support of  people in the community became essential, so that the right facilities are chosen for different users. This was an opportunity to take part in the project by offering ideas and maybe a few skills that were needed in the complicated work of preparing the details.

April 2013 update  -The architect was appointed to produce outline plans for a new building on an extended site at the location of the present village hall. The aim was to provide facilities for the whole community. 

June 2013 - here is an impression of the architect's initial plan

 

Since September 2012, we had:

- SECURED A COMMITMENT FROM GWYNEDD COUNCIL TO SELL PART OF THE SCHOOL PLAYING FIELD TO US.

- OBTAINED GENEROUS DONATIONS OF MONEY FROM THE LLANBEDR BEER FESTIVAL, LLANBEDR COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND MANTELL GWYNEDD.

- PREPARED A DETAILED DEVELOPMENT BRIEF.

- APPOINTED AN ARCHITECT- SELWYN JONES FROM PENSEL  CYMUNEDOL TO PREPARE PLANS AND ROUGH COSTINGS OF THE NEW VILLAGE HALL.

 - BEEN MAKING PREPARATIONS TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A LOTTERY GRANT

- PUT  CANOLFAN ARTRO ON THE OPEN MARKET .

- Held a public meeting and with the support of the Village, we intend to submit a lottery application before the Summer.

 

July 2013 our Outline Proposal for lottery funding was successful, and we were given permission to proceed to a full application.

December 2013  The planning application was  approved by Snowdonia National Park.

August 2014  Lottery application declined.

 

January 2015  New plans for extending and improving the existing building submitted to Snowdonia National Park. New Outline Proposal submitted to National Lottery.

February 2015 New Outline Proposal accepted by National Lottery and permission to proceed to a full application.

 

 


 

An Exhibition and Consultation regarding the new plans was held at the Village Hall between 12.00 and 19.00 on Thursday 21st May 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2015 National Lottery bid successful

 2016  Volunteers from the Community Council and Canolfan Gymdeithasol Llanbedr have worked hard to prepare the old canteen at the airfield as a temporary venue for activities while the village hall will be refurbished during the summer and autumn months (as from  1 August 2016).

The aim of the refurbished village hall project is to provide a centre for the whole community. A new committee will be established to organize activities and oversee the running of the village hall. This is a great opportunity for many people who have views about the needs of residents. Please contact  post@llanbedr.com  to let us know about your interests and ideas.

 

 

 

September 2016  Contractors start work on Village Hall refurbishment.

 


 Côr Meibion Ardudwy has been an integral part of the Llanbedr community for 60 years, and the Village Hall has been used continuously as a practice centre throughout that time.

www.cormeibionardudwy.co.uk/

 

 

The Huchenfeld Accordion Band visited the area during the week 20-26 May 2013. We enjoyed great performances by the Accordion Band together with  Côr Meibion Ardudwy.    _______________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We acknowledge Wikimedia Commons as a picture source

Rhinogau Panorama: Veleva/cc-by-sa-2.5

Elffin yn darganfod Taliesin/Anatiomaros

Salem: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/collections/salem.asp

Llyn Du: Gwilym Morrison/ Rubisco