Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir, Swiss Valley

Introduction

In November 2020, Llanelli Rural Council agreed to a five year community adoption agreement with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for the environs surrounding the Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir at Swiss Valley.  The adoption is the first of its kind in Wales and enables the Council to draw down funding for site improvements.

The agreement will allow a more local ownership of the grounds with regular maintenance and litter picking, regulated angling and canoeing, reopening of the car park and toilets and improvements to the footpaths. A ranger will be employed to monitor the site and help facilitate access to the reservoir’s amenities for the general public.

This page will be updated regularly in order to provide the latest advice on matters concerning the reservoir.  Progress updates will be added along with an opportunity to have your say and you can sign up to a mailing list for future announcements. There is also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) area at the bottom  to help answer the most commonly asked questions received by the public about the reservoir.

Noticeboard

2nd November 2020 – Joint Press Release by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Llanelli Rural Council – Adoption of Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir, Swiss Valley by Llanelli Rural Council

17th November 2020 – Press Release by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – Funding for Watersports Announced for Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir, Swiss Valley

Updates

17th May 2021: Pontoon Installation complete.

NOTE: THE PUBLIC MUST NOT PADDLE ON THE WATER FOR THE TIME BEING. ACCESS WILL BE GRANTED AS SOON AS ALL THE WATER SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE.

15th May 2021: Testing new ramp and pontoon. Kayak and paddle board access test event from the new accessible ramp and pontoon.

NOTE: THIS WAS A TEST EVENT AND THE PUBLIC MUST NOT PADDLE ON THE WATER FOR THE TIME BEING. ACCESS WILL BE GRANTED AS SOON AS ALL THE WATER SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE.

15th March 2021: Footpath improvements. We’re grateful to Carmarthenshire County Council’s rights of way funding for over 1km of footpath and gate improvements that will allow people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters to access the path. Improvements have been made to the footpath on the west side of the reservoir.

15th March 2021: Toilet Block Update.  The first phase of the toilet block building refurbishment is progressing well. Pictures attached show new paving and doorways for DDA accessible facilities.

22nd December 2020: Better access. We’ve improved the footbridge and footpath that begins at the entrance from the car park between the two reservoirs.

Before:

After:

16th November 2020: We found a road! Our grounds maintenance team cleared the footpath on the east side of the lower reservoir (near the tower) and found a road and turnaround / parking area underneath.

Proposed upcoming works

Toilet block refurbishment – works beginning 11 January 2021

Ramp and pontoon for paddle sports:

Aerial plan detailing the two paddle sport access points:

Fishing at the reservoirs

The intention is to provide a fully licensed angling offer at Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir, Swiss Valley. There is still time to have your say and further information on how to do this is available via our online survey which you can access by clicking here.

Regulated licensed angling is getting closer. Several meetings and discussions have been held with the angling community which have shaped the rules for angling at the reservoir and these are nearing completion. A new website will manage bookings, day or annual permits is also nearing completion. Restocking of fish at the reservoir will take place when it is permitted in the autumn/winter time. Local anglers have been consulted and have helped and influenced our planned restocking measures.

The upper reservoir is regulated by Llanelli Angling Club where they regulate the angling access. More details can be found on their website at http://llanelliangling.org.uk/

Canoeing at reservoir

Before we open up to the public, the council needs to put in place actions stemming from its water safety management plan which is currently being developed. More information to follow.

Have your say

Please provide us with your views about the Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir at Swiss Valley by clicking on the following link https://forms.gle/H2Ky6ZQa17RzxRvh8

Mailing list

Click here to join the mailing list for regular updates and information about planned activities at the reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I fish at the reservoir?

A. Bank fishing is currently permitted on Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir without a permit, however a NRW rod licence is still required and NRW Angling bye-laws apply. Removal of fish from Cwm Lliedi Lower Reservoir is illegal and will be treated as theft. The Council will be introducing a regulated system where anglers at the reservoir will have to purchase permits and demonstrate that they have the required rod license.

Q. Where can I park my car?

A. There are two car parks however the main car park situated off the A476 is currently closed. There is a smaller car park situated between the top and bottom reservoirs. The main car park will be re-opened after resurfacing works and will have a barrier system that will allow car parking at opening times.

Q. Is the toilet block open?

A. At the moment no however the toilet block building will be re-opened to the public.

Q. Can I take my canoe / paddle board onto the water?

A. No, however access will be granted as soon as all the water safety measures are in place.

Q. Can I swim at the reservoir?

A. Swimming in the reservoir is not permitted.

Q. Can I access the top reservoir?

A. No. Access to the top reservoir is for members of Llanelli Angling Club only.

Q. Can access for horse riders be considered?

A. Horse riding will not be permitted along either footpath.

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