This is an archived press release
Monday 27 June 2005
27 June 2005
Action on off-roaders after Community Forum
Officers from the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council meet next week (July 6) to push forward practical ideas to control countryside motorsports on public rights of way.
The move follows a highly successful Community Forum in the Hope Valley last week (June 22) which attracted 200 people including residents and motorsport enthusiasts to talk about 4x4s and motorbikes going "off-road" in the Peak District.
The Forum was the first joint event of its kind held with top figures from the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire Police - and more will follow on different topics every three months.
National Park Authority chair Tony Hams, who chaired the meeting, said: "It was extremely encouraging to see and hear just how concerned so many people are about protecting the fabric of our National Park from damage by illegal vehicular use of some of our public rights of way.
"I hope everyone gained an insight into the complexity of law around this issue and the resources required."
National Park Authority chief executive Jim Dixon said: "No-one present could fail to be impressed by the number of people, by the breadth of communities they represented, and by the seriousness of the debate.
"People were able to hear each other's points of view, from farmers to trail-riders, residents, local authorities and the police.
"It sent a very clear message that this mattered very much to the community, and there was clearly a willingness on the part of the local authorities, Derbyshire County Council - who are the highways authority - and the police to work together to find practical solutions to problems in certain areas."
These could include more information signs, different ways of enforcement and promoting good practice with the motorsport organisations.
The next Hope Valley Community Forum will be held on September 21 on "Access to services and joined-up working", a topic chosen after consultation with parish councils.