Aviation enthusiasts left intimidated while viewing at St AthanPosted: September 7, 2012
A number of aviation enthusiasts have of late been offered abusive behaviour whilst viewing aircraft on the Old Llantwit Major road which is situated alongside the Southern Boundary of RAF St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan.
The individual who has caused enthusiasts distress is believed to be associated with the farm situated near the crash gate. This has occurred on more than one occasion whereby claims the land is private property owned by the farm, preventing lawful access for members of the public to enjoy their hobby.
The Farm in question is located at the end of the ‘Old’ Llantwit Major road with a stoned track linking it to St Athan Village. It is believed but not confirmed that the farm is now owned by the Welsh Assembly Government after being purchased to extend the military base as part of the Defence Training Academy. The farmhouse itself may have to be vacated soon as part of this purchase agreement, however the ground itself will remain to be farmed under notice.
A spokesman of the South Wales Aviation Group said “All enthusiasts are known to park well to the side of the road taking into consideration access requirements of the farm. We have been viewing from this location since the 80s and are fully aware of the public right of way”.
Mr Ray Eade, a Highways inspector for the Vale of Glamorgan Council has stated that the track in question is no longer classified as a road, but is now identified as designated track/path No.19- Vale of Glamorgan. There is full public assess to this site by vehicle or on foot. This has not yet been confirmed in writing, but maps are available to view at the Vale of Glamorgan Council offices at the Docks if necessary. The Old Llantwit Major road is not owned by the farmer, council or Welsh Assembly Government and is akin to common ground, being an old ‘Civic Path’ with public right of way since time immemorial.
The actions of the individual has made some enthusiasts feel intimidated to an extent they advised their members not to use the area until they had clarification of the issue.
The Wales Air Forum team have visited this exact location previously and have witnessed the South Wales Aviation Group and other enthusiasts in this particular location and cannot find a reason why the individual has decided to intimidate the enthusiasts.
We stress to everyone that enthusiasts do not under any circumstances purposely intend to aggravate the situation as it may have detrimental affect for other potential enthusiasts. We ask enthusiasts to continue to take into consideration the requirement to leave plenty of room for farm vehicles to access the farm at all times and also not to drop litter.
We also strongly advise that any instance of threatening behaviour, or damage caused to any enthusiasts’ property should be reported initially to the Police at nearby Llantwit Major or Barry Police Stations. Please ensure that you note any offending vehicle registrations and if possible to take photo’s and/or video footage of instances.