Friday, October 14, 2005

City's apology for drowned valley

BBC NEWS | Wales:

"BBC Wales can reveal that Liverpool council is close to making a formal apology for the drowning of a Welsh valley almost half a century ago.
Party leaders on the city council have agreed the wording of an apology to go before the council on 19 October.
Tryweryn, near Bala in Gwynedd, was flooded in 1965 to create the Tryweryn reservoir to supply water to Liverpool. "

When Liverpool Council announced its plans, they faced united opposition in Wales. Thirty-five of the 36 Welsh MPs voted against the plans and Tryweryn itself became the site of demonstrations and bombing attacks on construction equipment.

"The failure of the attempts to stop the plans led to a rapid growth in nationalism and calls for devolution and in the space of less than a year Plaid Cymru was transformed from a tiny pressure group into a major political party.

The resolution - to go before Liverpool's full council - will express remorse for the decision to flood the valley and for the insensitive way in which the matter was handled by the authorities.

It has come about a result of an intervention by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Roberts of Llandudno who was saddened that Tryweryn was cited by many as a reason why the National Eisteddfod should not visit Liverpool.

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