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Pollution problem in the lower Teifi

By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 05:45pm. 22/10/2021.

The introduction of a replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) in Ceredigion is being delayed due to phosphate levels in the river Teifi.

In January 2021, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) published evidence about phosphate levels for riverine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Wales, including the river Teifi.

 “Of the water bodies assessed in the Teifi, eight pass and eight fail. Two water bodies could not be assessed due to no (Talog) or inadequate (Brefi) data. With the exception of the Groes, the upper part of the Teifi is passing its phosphorus targets. In contrast, the lower part of the river is generally failing, despite targets in this area being significantly less stringent (albeit four of these failures on the Ceri and Lower Teifi are marginal).

The river has also suffered from several significant pollution incidents such as those recorded
in December 2016 and June 2017. Although not necessarily reflected in the phosphorus
data, they indicate a general pollution problem in the lower Teifi.” (Compliance Assessment of Welsh River SACs against Phosphorus Targets, report No: 489)

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration, said:

Ceredigion is known for its rich environmental qualities and is home to several areas and features designated for their environmental importance including the river Teifi Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Due to circumstances out of our control, we will need to pause the replacement Local Development Plan for the time being to allow time to consider mitigation options in terms of supporting new developments in the area. Our aim is to ensure that we have a development plan going forward that is consistent for the whole of Ceredigion.”

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