News reaches us that “Dogging Blocks” have been installed in car parks at a national park beauty spot in a bid to stop doggers enjoying late night sexual encounters, which will come as disappointing news to the many sex hungry men and women who regularly use the well known dogging spots at Llwyn-Onn Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Welsh Water, who own the land, has spent £50,000 creating these dogging blocks by installing concrete barricades by the car parks alongside the reservoir and filling them in with tons of chippings. A spokeswoman said: “We have been carrying out work following complaints regarding anti-social behaviour in the area. We have been working closely with local authorities, the community and the police to prevent future incidents at these sites.”
A workman said: “One of the car parks has been blocked off and filled in, the other has been fitted with a large lockable security gate.”
A local Welsh dogging enthusiast called Mervyn told us “It is a pity it has come to this. For quite a while it has attracted all sorts of interesting people, some who drive many miles. It is a great place, one of the best spots to enjoy dogging in Wales in fact.” He also said that the site attracts many regulars who take advantage of the many private places on offer in the woods. He went on to tell us that there are many paths lead off from the car parks and once you know where to go, you are in for a good time. He said he will have to go searching for other dogging locations in Wales now!
Sandra Davies, of the local Merthyr Valley Ramblers, said: “It seems a bit heavy handed and unfair on genuine country lovers using the National Park. They’ve spent a lot of money blocking the car parks off but these doggers will just move to other locations in the area.” Ms Davies told Vanessa Feltz, who is hosting Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine programme, that Welsh Water could have put something else in place like a “sleeping bollard” which would halt night-time visitors but would allow drivers to park during the day. She also said she planned to raise her concerns with the UK Ramblers head office.