BRACKNELL MP Andrew MacKay has backed residents in their fight to reopen a woodland car park in Crowthorne after fly-tippers forced its closure.

The Devil's Highway forest car park was closed in July after fly-tippers turned it into a dumping ground so often that its owners, Forest Enterprise, could no longer afford to clear up the mess.

Since its closure, the car park has remained cordoned off and is now full of unsightly piles of earth and rubble, and areas of foliage have gradually become overgrown.

The closure has caused havoc for dog walkers and horse riders, who are now forced to find alternative parking spaces along the roadside.

The disruption has prompted Mr Mackay to intervene as he feels the "wrong people are being penalised".

Mr MacKay said: "I am very cross that because of the wrongdoing of a minority who have tipped and dumped in the car park, the law-abiding majority of my constituents have been penalised, such as walkers, dog walkers and horse riders, who travel to the car park to use the woods.

"This area, for a long time, has been an attractive facility for my constituents.

"I have written to the Forestry Commission and Bracknell Forest Borough Council saying that I believe the car park should be reopened and action should be taken against those tipping and creating the rubbish.

"One possibility would be to have CCTV cameras installed."

Forest District manager David Williamson was adamant that forest chiefs had been forced to close the car park against their wishes.

He said: "The simple and regrettable fact is that the car park has been so abused by the minority that we can no longer afford to keep on clearing it."

"We have a duty to the public to care for the facility and we have been regrettably forced into this position — it is not something we wanted to do."The Forest Enterprise said: