Na­tional Re­sources Wales’ state­ment

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“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.”

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