Coronavirus 'not an excuse' to delay Llanrwst flooding talks says Councillor

Cllr Aaron Wynne wants clear action to tackle Llanrwst flooding issues.

Tens of businesses and homes in Llanrwst were ruined during Storm Ciara in February.

Some are concerned that due to COVID-19 flooding issues in the town aren't getting the attention they deserve by authorities.

Plaid Cymru Councillor, Aaron Wynne, who represents Llanrwst on Conwy Council says that the pandemic has stalled talks, and that locals are eager to see flood alleviation works begin in the town.

Mr Wynne said: "Following the February floods, a public meeting arranged by Conwy Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) was postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown. This meeting would have supported flooded residents and businesses, and would have been useful to collect evidence about what happened during Storm Ciara.

"A public meeting cannot take place at the moment due to restrictions, however I believe that the relevant bodies should still meet, virtually if needs be, to formulate a forward work programme for Llanrwst and the Conwy Valley.

"Just like other residents in Llanrwst, I'm eager to see the flood alleviation works begin in the town."

On Station Road in Llanrwst, many businesses have reopened but some are still closed repairing their stores.

Conwy Council says that the Welsh government has promised £250,000 towards flood alleviation plans in parts of Llanrwst, and Council officers have begun working on the schemes.

The Managing Director of Blas ar Fwyd, Deiniol ap Dafydd, said that February was the worst flood ever in Llanrwst.

"In terms of depth of the water, this was the worst flood in memory," he said, "the insurance company was delayed in their response, it took 17 weeks to sort out the stock.

"This was on top of the extra workload presented due to coronavirus - it has been difficult but we've persevered and things are looking better."

Although the local barbers did not flood in February, the owner Fiona Jones says that flooding still has an effect on her business.

"Once people stop visiting the town, it's difficult to get them back afterwards. Something seriously needs to be done about these floods, but I'm not sure what."

A meeting between relevant authorities is set to take place soon.


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