Cymerau, the local Hydrocitizenship team, are planning to hold three public events on 19th, 20th and 22nd March 2015.
See our website for more information about the project. http://www.cymerau.org
The first two take the form of drop in sessions where members of the public can come and share their views about water. These will take place at the Community Hall in Borth (19th - 15:00-20:00) and the Memorial Hall in Tal-y-bont. (20th - 15:00-20:00). These are open to anyone and we would really appreciate it if you were able to share the details through your networks.
Please also come and see us yourself and share your thoughts if you are free!
The third event is specifically aimed at local artists and it will take place at CAT on Sunday 22nd March, World Water Day.
This event is designed to engage artists with the project and to
share with them the details of our proposed year of creative activity,
our Water Map (Sept 2015 – Aug 2016).
For details of the Water Map follow this link:
For details of the artist event on the 22nd please follow this link:You can also share your thoughts online, by filling in this questionnaire. http://www.cymerau.org/you-say.html We will be using these to help guide our work in the coming months.
First off I’d like to thank the Tir A Mor café for welcoming us in and providing such excellent tea, coffee, locally made cakes and scones.
We set up a room upstairs with big paper and lots of craft and drawing materials. We also put up stills and quotes from the videos played the night before.
Below are some of the conversations we had
What do you think of the sea defenses?
I don’t like them, I don’t like walking on the stones, I’ve hardly been on the beach at all since they’ve gone in and I used to go on every day. We used to walk along to school and you cant a lot of the time now. I’m not that convinced its going to work. I think it’s got a time limit on it – not a very long one…
Is it worth it at all do you think?
Yes, definitely. It’s definitely worked because you all got flooded the year before it was done. Compared to what we got flooded down the shop end.
The sea’s so powerful isn’t it?
I just don’t like the way it physically looks
I quite like the coves that are forming between the breakwater
I miss the groins, the wooden groins and some of it is like a car park rather than a beach, the way the stones have settled. I do like the way the rocks are settling in and the light around the rocks.
There’s a lot of life there
Every year there’s more seaweed and kelp, it’s getting richer and richer
And all the birds really make use of it, the cormorants have stood there, they love it
I don’t like the shape and size of the stones, I must admit. But I think it would work
It might make a difference but only for a very short time, I don’t think its really going to stop the sea
Its seems such a huge amount of money and such an environmental impact bringing all that stuff in for such a short time that its going to work
Do you think if they’d offered to spend the money relocating everyone in Borth instead, that you lot would have said yes? Together but somewhere else.
It’s an interesting thought
Where would we move?
Up the hill
It’s more about protecting the railway line than the people
And the road
That’s going to be a matter of time
If they’ve only given us 40 years then the railways going to be under water
Access to Aberystwyth
Maybe they’ll do a bypass like they’re going to do in Machynlleth
The cliff is eroding anyway so we can’t go that way we’d have to go inland
That’s the bog
The reason I’m in Borth is because of the sea
I think a lot of the people who live here are taking their chances anyway.
They say, “I’m not going to buy”
They say “Its going to last my lifetime”
My kids aren’t expecting any inheritance anyway
What is about Borth that makes it worth it?
The good community definitely
Its so beautiful around this area, you could live in Taliesin and you’d still have
Everything that’s here, because it’s really close, but it hasn’t got that wildness
Just being so close to the sea, it so mental and right in your face
Looking out the windows and seeing dolphins and seals and shoals of fish and
Thousands of birds diving in.
People were stopping their cars last week with all those dolphins, people trying to
Get round them but they’d just stopped. We’ve got that we live there.
We don’t have to come on holiday here
Hundreds of gannets diving at once it’s like being in a wildlife movie
We’re so lucky
I don’t know where I'd move to
When my house is being flooded I’ll be trying to get into the pub
We’ll just go upstairs
We’ll live upstairs
It’ll be like Venice
You’ll be punting around
Forget skateboards everyone can get on paddleboards
We wont have a bus anymore; we’ll have to paddle board to work.
There’s plenty of wind for sailing
Do you think that living somewhere that’s been really affected by climate change? Or will be really affected by climate change has made anyone live differently, more sustainably or think about their carbon footprint?
Yes, I’ve always tried to do that, ever since I realised when I was about late teens.
It is really in your face in Borth isn’t it?
You know there’s an inevitability whereas in a lot of places you don’t see it so it’s easy to forget
I think its interesting, I work in renewable energy all the time and living by the sea hasn’t made it any stronger, its almost cuz its such a slow process, its quite easy to ignore it as well. It feels it will be a long time in the future, even though it might not be. It’s a contradiction for me.
It’s a funny time, because we don’t know, its not like we know that in 10 years time the sea will be here.
It could be anything between .2 of a meter and a meter difference in 50 years
What is it that Allan Hubbard said last night in that film, its rising 3mm a year and 1mm of that s attributed to the Greenland ice sheets and he was directly linking that with Borth.
Spot the man who lives up the cliff
He’s the man who knows
I’m not going to live on that shingle bank.