News release20 September 2012
Have your say on proposed traffic ban for two green lanes
People can give their views from today (Thur Sept 20) on whether trail-bikes, quad bikes and 4x4s should be permanently banned from two green lanes in the Peak District National Park.
A six-week public consultation will run until November 2 on proposed Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to exclude motor vehicles from the Long Causeway (a 3.6km route between Sheffield and Hathersage) and the Roych (a 3.5km stretch of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-Frith).
Details may be viewed and comments made at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations. People may also see the documents at the Peak District National Park Authority HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, and send comments to the Rights of Way team at that address.
The Authority is making the proposals due to damage to the areas through which the routes run, and the effect on other users such as walkers, cyclists and horse-riders and on people who live nearby.
Cllr Garry Purdy, vice-chair of the Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee, said: “Both routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the national park. These proposals follow a lengthy period of monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.
“We have already sought the views of the highways authorities, parish councils, recreational user groups and environmental groups, the majority of whom favoured permanent bans. The committee has also held site inspections.
“We’re proposing these Traffic Regulation Orders to safeguard what people value most about these areas, but we want to hear everyone’s views and will make a final decision in the light of all the evidence and feedback.”
Both are former packhorse routes. The Long Causeway crosses the spectacular Stanage Edge, following a route between Redmires and Hathersage. The Roych track is part of the Pennine Bridleway, a national trail dedicated principally to horse-riders, but is also used by cyclists and walkers.
These proposals are part of the Authority’s overall strategy for managing green lanes. It has 24 priority routes in the Derbyshire part of the national park, 16 of which have action plans for their future management, which can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/priorityroutes.
The Authority is currently spending an extra £100,000 over two years to carry out the action plans, tackle illegal off-roading and improve communication with all green lane users.
Information on recreational vehicle use in the national park can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles.
For any queries, call the rights of way team on 01629 816290.