Powys County Council and motor vehicle groups represented by the Green Lane Association (GLASS) and Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) have agreed to work together and form a new working group which brings to an end an expensive legal battle in the Courts and will see the reconvention of the Powys Byway Users Group (PBUG).

    The PBUG will bring together representatives of the main user interests, including GLASS, TRF, the Ramblers Association and British Horse Society plus others representing land managers and the county council. The group will regularly review and try to reach agreement on working arrangements for byway management in the county.

    Cllr Harris, Powys County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, said: “The formation and functioning of this new group is an important step forward in managing byways in the county, and its work will be very important in planning and supporting the maintenance of these routes in the future.

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Many green lanes show very little signs of use, contrary to the media image of convoys of 4x4 destroying the countryside. Sadly this has become popular belief, so much is the power of the press.

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Many lanes can take sustained use of rercreational vehciular traffic. Even lanes with a soft surface can take a certain amount of traffic leaving very little evidence of their passing. With a change of attitude and co-operation, we can all co-exist without TROs.

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Not all green lanes are tight and narrow. Many have widths of over 40 feet, much like the rest of the minor road network. Just because they escaped being covered in tarmacadem doesn’t make them any different.

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Byways are for all classes of user. It is the highest class of right of way and recreational vehicular users should respect all other users. Restricted Byways are for all users except recreational vehicular users, but there are sometimes exceptions to this rule.

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The definition of a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) is a highway over which the public have a right of way for vehicular and all other kinds of traffic but which is used by the public mainly for the purposes for which footpaths and bridleways are used.

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Many unsealed roads are actually surfaced. This one is a flint track, the flint coming from the surrounding fields. Each parish would have been responsible in the past for the upkeep of their roads. Many still more sustainable than their tarmac cousins.

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