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Illegal national park fence removed

Posted 29 October 2012
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Illegal national park fence removed
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An illegal fence that has stood in the way of those wanting to go walking in theBrecon Beacons for several years has finally been removed.

The Open Spaces Society (OSS) and Ramblers Cymru  are among the organisations that had been campaigning for a four-and-a-half mile long wire fence to be taken down over the last six years, noting that it was only erected during the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis and by law it should have gone by 2006.

While voluntary organisations campaigned for the fence to come down, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority took a very different view, seeking permission from the Welsh Assembly  to keep the fence in place in 2009.

This appeal was rejected in 2011 and the work to take the barrier down has been completed.

OSS general secretary Kate Ashbrook said: "We fought for years for this to happen because the fence divided the commons and intruded on the landscape and was a physical and psychological barrier to public access and enjoyment."

Designated in 1957, the Brecon Beacons covers 1,344 sq km of mid and south Wales, which includes the highest peak in southern Britain - the 2,907 ft summit of Pen y Fan.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801478298-ADNFCR