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The Cam­brian Rally will go ahead on Fe­bru­ary 11, af­ter un­cer­tainty be­tween Nat­u­ral Re­source Wales and the or­gan­is­ers over road prepa­ra­tion threat­ened to de­rail the event.

The rally has lost around four miles of ac­tion as Clo­caenog can­not be used. In­stead of hav­ing sin­gle us­age of stages the event is now sched­uled to run through the Al­wen, Aber­hir­nant and Llan­gower stages twice each to make up for the loss of Clo­caenog.

The is­sue over the event’s run­ning comes with the pro­posed use of a sec­tion of Clo­caenog, which MN un­der­stands hasn’t been used for ral­ly­ing for 10 years.

The Cam­brian or­gan­is­ers wanted NRW to pre­pare the route, but heavy felling is ex­pected in that area un­til the Fri­day be­fore the event.

How­ever, the is­sues do set a prece­dent. If Ral­ly4wales – now tasked with re­pair­ing NRW roads af­ter ral­lies in its forests – goes in and re­pairs a road and then NRW run heavy ma­chin­ery in the area, ex­tra prepa­ra­tion may be needed for the roads for the next rally. The con­se­quences of who does this –NRW or R4W – is ex­pected to be dis­cussed at a meet­ing this week.

Richard Ceen of R4W said that R4W and NRW had “bent over back­wards” to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive for­est to avoid the use of Clo­caenog in the lead up to the event.

Ral­ly4wales was ex­pected to meet with NRW and the or­gan­is­ers of the Red Kite ear­lier this week to en­sure that the route for the Fe­bru­ary event is ac­cept­able to all par­ties, avoid­ing any last-minute is­sues.

An­other meet­ing on Wed­nes­day in Welsh­pool will fea­ture the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, Nat­u­ral Re­source Wales, Ral­ly4wales and the clubs run­ning events in Wales with the aim of smooth­ing out re­la­tions be­tween all par­ties and solv­ing any grey ar­eas in the way roads are pre­pared and re­paired in Nrw-run forests in Wales.

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey

Cam­brian was un­der threat

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