MSA and Natural Resources Wales reach agreement to secure rally future

by Vince Pettit

The ongoing discussion between Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the MSA has come to an agreement that will see a new concept introduced to allow international and national rallying to continue through the forests of Wales.

Rally4Wales will provide a ‘self-repair’ team that will maintain the roads after each rally to make sure they are returned to an acceptable condition, this was previously a sticking point with NRW asking for more money to manage this themselves.

With the introduction of the self-repair team, the forestry fees are expected to remain the similar to the pre-2016 charges for at least the next three years.

Rob Jones, Chief Executive, said: “We are very pleased with the progress made. There are details and formalities to be agreed but the MSA is certainly optimistic.”

Jamie Edwards, founder of Rally4Wales, said: “This is an exciting, innovative new concept to sustainably underpin forestry stage rallying in Wales.”

Tim Jones, Executive Director Operations, North and Mid Wales for NRW, said: “There are still a few details to deal with, but we are optimistic that this innovative new approach will enable NRW to continue to host rallies into the future.”

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