AN outdoor adventure company which hires canoes on the River Wye is being investigated over a new concrete strip that appears to have been built without planning permission.

A Herefordshire Council planning enforcement officer is believed to have visited Wyedean Canoe Centre at Symonds Yat East last Wednesday (February 22) in connection with the work.

A council spokesperson confirmed: “The site is currently under investigation but no notices have been served.”

The work appears to have involved bringing in soil to cover the sub-base around the concrete strip.

Symonds Yat lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where more stringent planning restrictions apply.

The canoe centre declined to comment.