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Outdoors group welcomes mountain fence decision

Posted 7 September 2011
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Outdoors group welcomes mountain fence decision
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The Open Spaces Society (OSS) has welcomed news that a fence built across mountainous terrain in the Brecon Beacons must be removed.

Established ten years ago during the foot-and-mouth crisis, the fence runs over four miles from Pontsticill Reservoir to Cwm Cynwyn, passing below the summits of Pen y Fan and Cribyn.

By law it should have been removed within five years but remains in place, with a retrospective planning permission application by the Brecon Beacon Commoners' Association being made - one that the Welsh Assembly Government has now rejected.

OSS general secretary Kate Ashbrook called the decision an "excellent" one, calling the fence "an eyesore and a severe impediment to public access".

The body is now making a formal complaint to the national park authority on the basis that the fence is illegal and must go.

Pen y Fan is the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons at 2,906 ft, while walkers in the area may also enjoy summits such as Waun Fach, Fan Y Big and Waun Rydd.