Hundreds of rotting cars are likely to be leaking into a subterranean lake inside a Welsh mountain … and it appears nobody cares.
In fact the local authority, Gwynned Council, admit in a guarded fashion that they probably didn’t even know about the fact as many as 200 wrecked vehicle, tyres, washing machines and general scrap metal have been dumped there for decades.
Nobody knew about this rusting rotting rubbish INSIDE A MOUNTAIN? Can this be true?
Well, actually, cavers, urban explorers, foreign tourists all knew about it and regularly have a jolly jaunt up to the disused Gaewern Slate Mine in the coastal county of Ceredigion.
Oh, yes, the Media knew about it too – the first stories about this underground grotty grotto of shame began appearing way back in the 1990s.
Perhaps Gwynned Council thought it was ‘fake news’!
Anyway, this is what they had to say this week: “The Council’s Public Protection Service will be discussing the matter with other relevant authorities to consider whether any action is required.
“Whilst we cannot offer detailed comment until these preliminary enquiries have been completed, we can confirm that our Public Protection Service has not previously received correspondence in relation to pollution at the Gaewern Quarry.”
Hundreds of rotting cars stuffed inside a Welsh mountain for three decades – and the council is considering whether any action is required!
Just think about it! If you are the type of person who is going to stick a knackered old car inside a cave in a mountain way off the beaten path would you bother to drain the oil? Take the battery out? Get rid of all the pollutants that an old car can allowed to seep into the ground …
No you wouldn’t.
So, dead right Gwynned Council, something needs to be done about it.
Many of the dumped vehicles date back to the 1960s and 70s. The mountain of cars appears to have been dumped through a narrow opening in the disused Gaewern Slate Mine.
The bottom of the mine shaft is filled with blue water and shards of rock break away and plummet into the ‘lake’ constantly, visitors say.
Worried locals say oil, fuel and battery acid could have leaked into the local environment for decades.
One explorer, Gregory Rivolet, was reported as saying that he spent four hours looking around the site and about 100 cars were down there. Tyres and other vehicle parts were strewn around the cave.
Gregory wrote: “There was something so surreal about this exploration… and then you see the most unexpected thing, a mountain of old cars.”
The mine opened in the 1830s and closed almost one hundred years later. But even in the 1990s the site was known to have historic interest – there was a well-preserved drumhouse, some building ruins and a reservoir at the top of the site.
And yet the car graveyard was allowed to grow.
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