National Resources Wales’ statement
“In early 2014, it became apparent that there was a significant discrepancy in the amount it cost NRW to prepare and reinstate its forest roads for rallying and the fees paid by the MSA.
“This meant that in 2015 the MSA paid NRW £339,000 in stage rally charges, including their flagship event, Wales Rally GB, but the actual cost to reinstate the roads used for rallying was £655,000.
“The latest Master Agreement for stage rally charges expired in 2015, but we agreed to hold the existing charge until May 2016 at the MSA’S request, to provide further opportunities for discussion.
“While NRW recognises that any increase in charges would impact on the sport, as a publicly funded body we have a duty to ensure the public purse is properly recompensed for costs incurred in preparing and reinstating those parts of our forests used in rallying events.
“Our environment in Wales is the most valuable natural asset and so we will continue to work with the MSA to find a solution which will not only enable rally fans to enjoy their sport but will ensure the forests are protected and maintained for all the people of Wales.”