Petition - Off-road Vehicles in the Gwyddon Forestry

– in the House of Commons at 6:07 pm on 1st December 2021.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Shadow Minister (Defence) 6:07 pm, 1st December 2021

I want to bring to the attention of the House the issue of illegal off-road biking, which is blighting valleys communities. The petition from the residents of Abercan in my constituency of Islwyn received more than 100 signatures.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Islwyn,

Declares that illegal off-road vehicles have caused and continue to cause irreparable damage to the environment of the Gwyddon Forestry in Abercan;
further that the Gwyddon Forestry has, until recent years, been a safe haven for wildlife to flourish and for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders to enjoy the rights of way and footpaths afforded to them, but that the vehicles are now destroying the natural habitats of wildlife;
further that residents have been threatened when confronting illegal vehicle-users and have concerns for their own safety when reporting these issues to the police;
and further that the off-road vehicles are drive and ridden recklessly by uninsured and unlicensed individuals, making it inevitable that accidents will take place.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to engage with South Wales and Gwent Police to enforce the laws currently in place to prevent illegal activity and to encourage stronger actions against illegal off-road riders and drivers.

And the petitioners remain, etc.