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National Assembly for Wales

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980
COUNCIL DIRECTIVES NOS. 85/337/EEC AND 97/11/EC
THE CARDIFF-GLAN CONWY TRUNK ROAD (A470) MAES YR HELMAU TO CROSS FOXES IMPROVEMENT

The National Assembly for Wales (“the National Assembly”) is considering whether to proceed with the above project for constructing or improving a highway for which it is the highway authority. The project involves the construction of a 2.3 kilometres length road, located between Dolgellau and Dinas Mawddwy in the county of Gwynedd commencing at a point approximately 280 metres north-west of The Lodge and extending in a generally south-easterly direction, finishing at a point approximately 130 metres east of the Cross Foxes Hotel. The road will form part of the A470 trunk road. It has been determined by the National Assembly that the project is a relevant project within Annex II to Council Directive 85/337/EEC (“the Directive”) as amended by Council Directive 97/11/EC and that it should be made subject to an environmental impact assessment in accordance with the Directive. In accordance with the above determination an environmental statement has been prepared. It identifies the following key environmental issues associated with the project, namely: The several sites of archaeological interest which lie near the proposed route. The Torrent Walk SSSI and the affect of the project on it. The loss of woodland, hedgerows and trees. The farm land which will be lost and the effect of this loss on the viability of the farms concerned. The visual impact of the project on the area. The way in which the project complies with the National Assembly for Wales’s policies and those of Gwynedd Council and the Snowdonia National Park Authority. The environmental statement also identifies the following measures to be incorporated into the project in order to avoid, reduce or offset its adverse effects: Extensive areas of tree and shrub planting alongside the proposed improvement will help to screen views of the road and its traffic and replace the trees removed during construction. New hedges will be planted along the highway boundary to re-create field boundaries and link with adjoining hedges and woodland. The lengths of new hedges and the areas of replacement woodland scrub and wildflower grassland will exceed the losses incurred and provide habitats of equal, if not greater, diversity and value. The new hedgerows, scrub and grassland will be species-rich and the plants used will be based on plant communities described by the National Vegetation Classification. The redundant sections of the existing A470, where not required for field access, will be broken up and planted or seeded and returned to agriculture. Some sections may be returned to agriculture, subject to the landowner’s agreement. In the more open landscape of the upper valley the road embankment will be graded out to provide a more gentle slope which will tie into the surrounding landform. To offset the impact on ecology and nature conservation, new planting will be carried out. The trees and shrubs to be planted will be species which are native to this part of Snowdonia. Planting will be varied to suit particular situations and will include new woodland, hedges and scrub. Within the highway boundary wildflower grasslands, also consisting of native species, will be created. Specially constructed culverts and mammal underpasses will permit the safe dispersal of otters and other mammals without conflict with traffic. There will be a pre-construction ecological survey to take account of any changed circumstances which may require modifications to the mitigation measures. To protect breeding birds, the removal of any trees, shrubs and hedgerows will not be permitted during the bird nesting season. Trees identified as being used by bats will be removed only at appropriate times. There will be on site monitoring of the effects of the works on the local environment during site clearance operations and the construction period. A temporary fence will be constructed along the eastern side of the route where it passes through the species-rich grassland to protect the retained grassland from damage or disturbance. If pre-contract surveys reveals the presence of the rare snail Vertigo alpestris and other species in walls which would be affected at the northern end of the route, the snail will be rescued and transferred to a suitable habitat. Copies of the environmental statement and of the relevant plans and draft Orders relating to the project may be inspected, free of charge, at all reasonable hours from 11th January 2001 until 21st February 2001, or within 6 weeks from the date of publication of this notice, whichever period shall expire later, at Gwynedd Council Offices, Penarlag, Dolgellau, Gwynedd; The National Assembly for Wales, Transport Directorate, Dinerth Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy; and The National Assembly for Wales, Transport Directorate, Cathays Park, Cardiff. Any person may, not later than 21st February 2001, or within 6 weeks from the date of publication of this notice, if such period shall expire later, express an opinion on the published details of the project and the environmental statement so that the National Assembly can take them into account when deciding whether to proceed with the project. Any such expression of opinion must be made in writing to The National Assembly for Wales, Roads Administration Division 3, Transport Directorate, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ, quoting Ref. BZ 780050-125-00. In the preparation of any expression of opinion it should be borne in mind that the substance of any objection or representation may be communicated to other people who may be affected by it. M. D. Burnell, Transport Directorate