The area is on the cusp of 3 local authorities in the SW Valleys The area consists of 14 villages clustered around a mountain Upper Amman and Swansea Valley areas Up until 1980s this area boasted a high level of employment and broad range of facilities Coal mining has been the major employer over the last 150 years giving rise to thriving communities
However according to the Assembly’s deprivation index the area has recently been assessed as being one of the most deprived in Wales Current farming crisis Demise of the coal industry Recent factory closures Left communities vulnerable to poverty
Dan mc callum, awel aman tawe, brass and tsrc april 2013
TSRC presentationDan McCallumProject Manager, Awel AmanTawe and Egniwww.awelamantawe.co.uk
ConsultationAAT took over300 people to seewind farmsOther consultation exercises used :6 Public meetings50 semi-structured interviews10 Focus group discussions with groupsand individuals4 Open Days
Learning / AwarenessActivities forschool childrenClimate ChangeTheatre andPoetry(funded by EnvWales)
Broader Movement Ynni’r Fro www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ynnirfro Community Energy Waleswww.sustainwales.com/Community_Energy_Wales Climate and Communities Action Alliance (CCAA)http://ccaanet.wordpress.com Community Energy Online https://www.gov.uk/community-energy Community Energy Scotlandhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QtvyrQHJQE
Current work Geotechnical investigations Getting bankable wind report Legal advice from lawyers on Turbine Supply,Grid Connection and Power PurchaseAgreements. Due Diligence with Coop and Egni, trying to get money for start up ...