Mak­ing the grade

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Well, what can you say about the news of an in­crease in forestry charges...in­evitable?

The team that worked with the Welsh forestry team in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ing body the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and Ral­ly4wales have ob­vi­ously been putting in much work to come to a deal so first up we have to thank them for that. How­ever, the move to a com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion was un­for­tu­nately not the right move, in my hum­ble opin­ion.

I voiced my view that ne­go­ti­a­tions over the orig­i­nal pro­posal to raise charges should have been chal­leng­ing for no fees for re­pairs with the wider Welsh Gov­ern­ment team in­clud­ing busi­ness and trea­sury as well as Nat­u­ral Re­sources. The ne­go­ti­a­tions should have been based on a free of charge premise be­cause Wales was get­ting a re­turn on in­vest­ment of 10 to one.

I was a sup­porter of Ral­ly4wales due to the need for a voice to help the ne­go­ti­a­tions, but I haven’t been in favour of the out­come of the ne­go­ti­a­tions mov­ing to a com­mer­cial en­tity.

Why is it a sur­prise to any­one that such a ven­ture has to charge VAT? Club rally com­peti­tors have for some time felt the charges have been too high so why is it that the start­ing premise of this com­mer­cial en­tity to use the prior costs? Has the com­mer­cial en­tity done its own eval­u­a­tion of what it will re­ally cost rather than tak­ing on the prior po­si­tion? I’m sure, or hope, that this work has been done. I guess we won’t know the de­tails of the ne­go­ti­a­tions but I’d sure love to see them.

Phil Price uses an old grader to keep his for­est tidy be­tween cour­ses and it’s a piece of for­est con­tin­u­ously used, day in day out, I’d be in­ter­ested to get his view of what it would cost to grade a for­est af­ter each event......

Frankly the whole forestry re­pair is an ut­ter farce, killing the real club­man el­e­ment of the sport. Time for me to bail out and do hill ral­ly­ing.

Well done to all for the ef­forts to date, how­ever, please go back to ba­sics and view the costs as a com­peti­tor and see what can be done for the low­est cost pos­si­ble....please?

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