Council issues Glyn Rhonwy site warning

Date: 07/06/2018
Glyn Rhonwy

After the recent spell of warm weather, Gwynedd Council is once again urging members of the public not to put themselves in unnecessary danger by ignoring warning signs and breaking into a former industrial site to swim or climb in water filled quarry holes or entering the former bomb storage facility on the same site.


In the past, there have been a number of reports of people either breaking or scaling the six foot steel perimeter fence at Glyn Rhonwy near Llanberis. That is why the Council is issuing a warning of the potential dangers of the site.


Gwynedd Council’s Economic Development Cabinet Member, Councillor Ioan Thomas said:


“The former industrial site at Glyn Rhonwy is closed off for a reason. People have unfortunately ignored signs that were placed on the perimeter fencing in the past, therefore putting themselves in great danger.


“The quarry pools that have been used for swimming by trespassers contain a number of potential hazards which could cause serious injury or worse, including under-water debris and jagged slate shards. It should also be remembered that the water temperature in these pools is usually dangerously cold even during prolonged periods of warm weather.


“We would strongly urge members of the public not to put themselves in unnecessary danger by climbing over or vandalising the fencing to enter the former quarry site and flooded quarry holes as well as trespassing on private property by entering the former bomb storage facility.


“We have in the past reported this matter to North Wales Police and we would urge anyone who witnesses people trespassing on the site to contact them immediately by phoning 101 or phoning 999 if someone is in danger.


“Our message to the public is simple - please keep out of this dangerous site. We are also appealing to parents to ensure that their children are aware of the dangers of trespassing on old industrial sites and to avoid swimming in any pools or lakes which may contain hidden dangers such as underwater currents or sudden deep water.”


PHOTOGRAPH: Damaged fence at the Glyn Rhonwy site