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I Received this Email yesterday, as i was a motorsport marshall, and am a member of the MSA

Urgent action required – Government’s Forestry Review Panel

The government’s proposed changes to the ownership and management of public forests in England pose a very real danger to UK motor sport – and in particular Stage Rallying.

The Independent Panel established earlier this year to look at the forestry issue and make recommendations to government contains only one representative of leisure users – and that is the Ramblers’ Association. Consequently, there is a great danger that the interests of motor sport will not be considered in the panel’s final report; the disastrous impact of this would be to risk motor sport being excluded from both the public forest estate and any of the forests transferred into private ownership.

The panel is currently consulting with the general public to find out ‘What the forests mean to you?’ It is essential that as many people as possible from the motor sport community make their views known to the panel.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES IS SUNDAY 31 JULY 2011.

The panel is asking the following questions:

Q1 – What do forests and woods mean to you?

Q2 – What is your vision for the future of England’s forests and woods?

Q3 – What do you feel to be the benefits of forests and woods to:

a) you personally;

B) society as a whole;

c) the natural environment; and

d) the economy?

Q4 – We would like to hear about your suggestions of practical solutions and good practice which can be replicated more widely.

Q5 – What do you see as the priorities and challenges for policy about England’s forests and woods?

In order to submit feedback to this consultation, simply send an email to: forestrypanel@defra.gsi.gov.uk, detailing your name and answering as many of the questions as you wish.

PLEASE RESPOND BEFORE THE END OF THIS WEEKEND.

It is essential that as many people as possible emphasise the importance to motor sport of continued access to the public forest estate. If we fail to do this, there is every chance that the requirements of motor sport will simply not be considered by the panel.

A sample response paper can be found on the MSA website with some key issues highlighted that you might like to consider when completing your submission. You do not need to answer all the questions, but please respond in your own words, as this is significantly more impactful than an obviously orchestrated campaign.

Further information about the panel and the consultation process can be found on the defra website.

Many thanks for your assistance in this very important matter.

Kind regards

Colin Hilton

Chief Executive

Motor Sports Association

MSA Website with Example http://www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/press/Forestry_Panel_Consultation.doc

Defra Website with information on the Panel http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/

It raises an interesting point about the fact that sm much Motorsport in the UK is done in Forests, and the future of the events could be in jeopardy because of the Forest Sell Offs.

if you could take 5 mins to read and email, it would be appreciated

All other forms of Leisure activity that can be [Legally] done in the UK forested areas seem to be covered on the panel, but not Motorsport, and all that is needed is a condition applied during the sale, that all motorsport events that are currently run, and historically run on said sites, to continue without obstruction as they are now.

there are alot of forms motorsport that could be affected, as this also includes some "green belt" areas

from Rallying, hill Climb and some Circuit Racing. but not exclusive to

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Fair enough.

The motorsport industry is huge in this country, though, presumably the financial muscle will weigh in easily compared to the ramblers.

I thought that in fact the rally organisers paid the forestry commission quite a bit per car per stage mile. At least that was the cse in the past when I used to take a serious interest in rally sport.

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not really, it seems that no motorsport organisation has been consulted in this process, but there seems to be more political weight behind ramblers etc.

our motorsport industry is massive, in an international stage. but alot of our home grown stuff isnt that well known.

there are 100's of rally's that happen in the UK, but 99.9% of non rally enthusiasts only know the British rally WRC event.

its the same with Hill Climbs etc, its a little known form of Motorsport, but its how alot of people earn a living.

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not really, it seems that no motorsport organisation has been consulted in this process, but there seems to be more political weight behind ramblers etc.

our motorsport industry is massive, in an international stage. but alot of our home grown stuff isnt that well known.

there are 100's of rally's that happen in the UK, but 99.9% of non rally enthusiasts only know the British rally WRC event.

its the same with Hill Climbs etc, its a little known form of Motorsport, but its how alot of people earn a living.

That's what I mean. Money talks. Unless the ramblers or others cough up, motorsport will stay.

I'm not dissing ramblers, but the article does suggest a negative connotation.

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The Government was forced to back down in the face of outraged public opinion, the review is a sop and a smokescreen. They will push through the handover of our forests to private interests (who are of course unconnected in any way with the Conservative Party), probably without recourse to Parliament, as by then the public will have been fully involved in the consultation process, and will be busy with other things.

In the interests of balance, on the other hand, the forests represent a fantastic money making opportunity, which previous governments have been crminally negligent to overlook.

The lobbying group 38 Degrees has been very effective in Rallying opposition to the selling off of the forests.

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Why worry that even if they do get handed over to private interests motorsport won't continue in them? I don't know how widespread it is but there's a privately owned forest near where my parents live that has rallying take place in it, and in winter has even had a couple of dog sled races (normally on wheels, but with the snow they've managed one on sleds). I don't know what arrangements there are for getting paid for it, if any. And there's public access to it (admittedly not all of it) all the rest of the time.

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