Bonkas4x4 run a four wheel drive club in Wales which organises various events for 4×4 owners to enjoy, and to use their vehicles whatever the make, model and level of modification. As well as ‘Pay & Play’ days and Greenlane trips, the club also run a 4×4 emergency response group, raise money for charity and repair greenlanes.
The latest lane in need of repair by the club is not in a state of disrepair through misuse, it hasn’t been subject to adverse weather conditions, this lane is suffering at the hands of a local farmer that is hell bent on preventing anybody using the byway which runs from Eglwys to Penyrheol, across Senghenydd.
A local farmer is convinced that the land is his and is dumping tonnes of dung in the middle of lanes making them impassable, he is blocking gateways which are on the byway preventing any access to the lanes. The farmer will not listen to reason and according to Bonkas4x4 the farmer attacked one of the club members vehicles with a baseball bat.
As well as causing criminal damage to the byways the farmer has taken a a metal tracked swing shovel (from the photos looks to be about 20 ton) down an old Roman road above penyrheol and started digging it up. When confronted about his actions he stated that he was widening the lane for access to his farm, he remained adamant that he was within his rights.
Speaking to Bonkas4x4 earlier, it is quite clear that if they not voluntarily cleared the lanes recently, they would certainly still be impassable. All of the unauthorised, unlicensed and illegal acts have been reported to the local authorities and to GLASS.
Kudos to Bonkas4x4, its good to see proactive groups taking up the initiative to keep byways open. You can check out their website here, also check out the videos of the lane clearing day and more on their Youtube channel here.