MSA AGREES FOR­EST DEAL WITH ENG­LAND AND SCOT­LAND

Na­tions hit with a to­tal rise of 15 per cent over three years for for­est us­age

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon WHAT THE SPORT THINKS

The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion has reached a new three-year agree­ment with For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land and For­est En­ter­prise Eng­land for the use of forests for ral­ly­ing in the re­spec­tive coun­tries, with fees to rise by 15 per cent.

With a deal for na­tional ral­ly­ing in Welsh Forests still to be signed, the MSA was eager to reach an agree­ment with its Eng­land and Scot­land coun­ter­parts and the deal means fees will rise in­cre­men­tally by five per cent each year.

Rob Jones, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the MSA, said: “We would like to thank For­est En­ter­prise in Scot­land and Eng­land for their con­tin­ued recog­ni­tion of the se­cu­rity which the sport needs in or­der to plan ahead.

“Work­ing in part­ner­ship helps to en­sure a sus­tain­able and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ar­range­ment that meets the needs of each of the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved. This out­come pro­vides cer­tainty for the next three years, and rep­re­sents the best ar­range­ment achiev­able at this time.”

The deal has been met with mixed re­ac­tion from or­gan­is­ers, clubs and com­peti­tors, es­pe­cially while Wales’ sit­u­a­tion re­mains up in the air.

If the Ral­ly4wales cam­paign is suc­cess­ful in be­com­ing re­spon­si­ble for re­pair­ing roads for na­tional ral­lies us­ing Nat­u­ral Re­source Wales (govern­ment body re­spon­si­ble for Welsh Forests) land, the rise in the coun­try could be min­i­mal.

Last week, the MSA signed a deal with NRW to al­low Wales Rally GB, Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, to go ahead.

Fees to rise in five per cent in­cre­ments over three years

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