The National Eisteddfod has announced it is planning changes to the site of this year’s event in Llanrwst, Conwy County, after receiving technical reports that raise health and safety concerns about parts of the site.
The reports detail risks of flooding on the site and it has become apparent that the Eisteddfod could not be insured on the basis of current plans.
As a result, over recent days the Management Board of the Eisteddfod has authorised plans to adapt preparations – emphasising that health and safety is a priority in planning the Maes site and its facilities.
Steps are now being taken to find a solution by re-designing plans by using parts of the current site along with adjoining land. This is the Eisteddfod’s favoured option in order to avoid choosing a brand new site within the area.
The Chief Executive of the National Eisteddfod, Betsan Moses, said:
“We are now implementing plans to adapt the preparations that have been made for the site. We will continue our discussions with specialist stakeholders in order to put a solution in place as soon as possible.
“Our efforts will continue to ensure that plans are formulated that can be insured. Currently, that’s not possible due to health and safety concerns associated with the nearby river and the effects of water on the land on parts of the site. So we will revise our current plans and consider options to use other land adjoining the site.
“We’re hopeful that it will be possible to solve the problems in this way but if necessary, we will look beyond the site we have for a solution. That could mean having to move to a completely new site within the Llanrwst area, but we are working hard to avoid that.
“Introducing changes to the Eisteddfod site is not a step we would wish to take at this stage of the preparations of course. However, considering the strength of the health and safety concerns, it is an essential step.
“We are fully determined that the 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod will be a great success both for local people and the huge numbers of visitors who will come to the area.”