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    Weʼve raised £3,655 to Flatten illegal 4x4 damage and install gabion baskets to prevent further illegal 4x4 damage.

    Funded on Tuesday, 25th June 2019

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    SmartTrail ID: EX 35-5 (leads from EX 18-57)

    Site Location/Description:

    The parcel of wooded land between the ford crossing and the A120 underpass, to the south of the byway, at the Great Dunmow end.

    The Present Situation:

    Over several years, some 4x4s and motorcycles have been exiting the byway, and causing vast amounts of damage to private land, mainly the small stretch of woodland between the river and the byway.

    The woodland area now resembles a 'pay & play' site, with deep heavy ruts, bad enough to get many modified 4x4s stuck. Recently a small excavator was taken down the byway and into the woodland, under the cover of darkness, to rescue a stuck 4x4.

    Unfortunately the area has gained a reputation, and appears to be considered a 'venue', drawing people in from miles away.

    The byway was recently closed, for repairs. This did not stop people driving the byway to access the woodland. Concrete blocks where then installed at the ends of the byway to prevent access, these ended up winched out of the way so people could still access the woodland.​

    Heavier concrete ones have now been installed, but are due to be removed at the end of March. Once they are gone, there will no doubt be an influx of vehicles wishing to damage the woodland further.

    For this reason, it is paramount that this project is undertaken prior to the re-opening of the lane.

    It is also worth noting, that the Flitch Way has been diverted along this byway, and plans are in place to continue a similar linear park through Great Dunmow town, to link up with the other part of the Flitch Way.

    This means that the byway sees an unusually high number of other PROW users, such as cyclists and walkers, usually as families. This unfortunately puts the illegal actions of the irresponsible 4x4 and motorbike users rather clearly in the public eye.

    The illegal use of the woodland not only puts a negative view on motorised PROW users,but it also encourages the irresponsible users to do similar elsewhere. Action is required immediately.

    Our Plan:

    To flatten the ground in the woodland, and block off access.

    All of the present 'obstacles', such as deep ruts and 'bomb holes', need to be smoothed over, this is to remove the 'challenge'.

    Gabion baskets (mesh cages, usually used for retaining walls), filled with hardcore will be used to block off the off piste area, these

    are much harder to move, once installed, than concrete blocks, and still form a solid barrier.

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    • Bradley Unwin4 months ago
      Bradley Unwin

      Bradley Unwin

      4 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Project Complete

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    • Bradley Unwin4 months ago
      Bradley Unwin

      Bradley Unwin

      4 months ago

      Please remember that we would consider any project as long as its beneficial to all user groups and that we have learned a huge amount regarding how to project manage such an endeavour. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason whatsoever regarding rights of way in your area. Thank you all once again, the ATUK team

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    • Bradley Unwin4 months ago
      Bradley Unwin

      Bradley Unwin

      4 months ago

      We have written a news article that can be accessed by clicking the link here.... https://allterrainuk.com/maintenancenews/dunmow/ We are considering placing a sign - “these works were carried out by” and then our respective logo’s underneath, would you be willing to contribute towards this? We estimate that about ten pounds per organisation would cover the cost and we would be more than willing to erect it, if you would like to contribute to have you logo displayed please send £10 to membership@allterrainuk.com.

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    Page last updated on: 5/17/2019 08.18

    Supporters

    35

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 1, 2019

      Donation from Beds, Herts and Cambs Land Rover Club

      £250.00

    • James Farrell

      James Farrell

      Apr 6, 2019

      £20.00

    • Land Rover Series 2 Club

      Land Rover Series 2 Club

      Apr 6, 2019

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 30, 2019

      A good cause, let hope other projects can be found

    • John Cowie

      John Cowie

      Mar 28, 2019

      Well done Bradley - good job!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 28, 2019

      So disappointing that thoughtless people damage and trash our lanes. Thank you for your efforts.

      £20.00

    • David Smeeton

      David Smeeton

      Mar 19, 2019

      a good cause

      £20.00

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