Floods: Helicopter drops stone bags to stop floods in Llanbedr Floods: Helicopter drops stone bags to stop floods in Llanbedr no Close A helicopter has been dropping giant bags of slate in Llanbedr, in Wales, to help stop the high tide from flooding the nearby area.
Matthew Richards reports. Gwynedd Council says it would support the development, but the Snowdonia Society is opposed to the impact it could have on the wider national park.
More on this story. Llanbedr airfield, near Harlech, is one of eight which has been looked at.
It is called Snowdonia national park and it is a real success. The views of local people will be sought if the site is identified as a llannbedr contender for the role. Society director John Harold said: "Whilst we support llannbedr want to see appropriate development in the park, we feel that something like a spaceport would bring levels of impact on wildlife, on noise and disturbance and other issues that would not be appropriate for the national park.
We already have a world famous brand. But not everyone agrees with the proposed location, including some local residents and the Snowdonia Society - a charity set up to "protect, enhance and celebrate Snowdonia, its wildlife and heritage".
A huge chunk of the coast was washed away in the storms in early January which means every day homes and farmland are flooded as the tide llanbeedr in. But it needs a port from where it is thought satellites and space tourism flights will be launched, prompting the consultation.
Gwynedd council leader Dyfed Edwards said if realised the plans have the potential to create "ificant economic development and the growth of both the local and national economy" at Llanbedr Aviation Centre and Enterprise Park.