Victory at last! Reservoirs in Llanishen and Lisvane saved after long fight

January 20, 2016 at 5:17 PM

After a 15-year fight by the Reservoir Action Group (RAG), local people and politicians to preserve the Cardiff's reservoirs and surrounding countryside is finally drawing to an end with victory for the people. The reservoirs are important for conservation and recreation.

Cardiff Bay steelworks owner Celsa is selling them to Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water but will continue to use the water for cooling its steel. Dwr Cymru has now confirmed it hopes to reopen the reservoirs to the public so they can once again enjoy fishing and sailing there. Let's not forget that Rio Olympics hopeful Hannah Mills, who with Saskia Clark won a silver medal at London 2012, trained and sailed on Llanishen reservoir.

Welsh Water was the owner before Western Power Distribution (WPD) took over in 2004 and put in a series of unsuccessful planning applications to build 320 homes there.

Huge community efforts

"Thank you to everyone, especially RAG, who made this possible. Restoring the reservoirs was my key Assembly reservoir-twitter-header-v3.jpgelection pledge and I have been involved with the campaign since before 2004 when I was MP for Cardiff North.

"I hope Welsh Water will now restore the reservoirs giving local people the chance to sail, fish, walk and enjoy nature there again. I've had so many constituents contact me to express their joy about this. It’s so important to people because it’s a wonderful place and fantastic opportunity to enjoy nature and the water. If they get the recreation and the sailing back, especially for the local schools, it would be great news."

Read WalesOnline: What does the future hold for Llanishen Reservoir after confirmation that it will be reopened to the public.

Future use of the reservoirs – have your say now

Do you want to help shape how the reservoirs are used in future? Get in touch with the Reservoir Action Group ( or contact me on 029 2061 4577 or use the contact form on this website to get in touch.