Dŵr Cymru is taking back ownership of Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs to restore the site for public use.
Pictured L-R are Chris Jones Chief Executive Dwr Cymru, Richard Cowie RAG, Welsh Government Minister Carl Sargeant AM, Julie Morgan AM, Mike walker RAG, and local AM Jenny Rathbone on Mon 18th Jan 2016
In 2004, the Reservoirs were sold to the highest bidder and ended up in the hands of WPD, subsidiary of an American multinational. WPD spent nearly 10 years trying to get thousands of homes built on the Llanishen site. This has been successfully resisted by the community united around the Reservoir Action Group (RAG).
In a final act of vandalism, WPD drained Llanishen Reservoir on the spurious grounds of a leak, after losing a 3rd planning application for housing.
In 2013 WPD sold the reservoirs to CELSA Steel . The hard pressed steel company never had the resources or the know how to mend the damage done by WPD and get the Reservoir re-filled and re-opened for public use. Dŵr Cymru will continue to guarantee CELSA access to the water from Lisvane for producing steel in Cardiff.
Jenny Rathbone, AM for Cardiff Central says:
“This is a wonderful victory for everyone who has defended Llanishen Reservoir from the developers, particularly RAG. Dŵr Cymru , a not for profit company, is exactly the right organisation to restore Llanishen Reservoir to its former glory and get it re-opened for sailing, walking and fishing.”