This is an archived press release
Friday 3 June 2005
3 June 2005
Wheels in the wild - a chance for your say
Off-roaders will steer their way to a special forum on Saturday (June 11) to see how to prevent harm to a historic Peak District landmark.
The Stanage Byways Forum, at 2pm in Bamford Institute, will focus on the use of 4x4s, trails bikes and other off-road vehicles on the Long Causeway, an ancient packhorse route over Stanage Edge.
The public are invited to put their views on how to strike a balance between the legal use of off-roaders, the need to prevent damage to the historic causeway, and the maintenance of Stanage as a safe and peaceful place for non-motorised users.
The Long Causeway is a legal route for off-roaders as a non-classified right of way, but countryside motorsport organisations could voluntarily agree to curb activities at certain times or recommend reduced speeds.
Organisations such as the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Green Lanes Association and the Trail Riders' Fellowship will be represented at the meeting.
The land is owned by the Peak District National Park Authority, whose estate manager for Stanage and North Lees, Matthew Croney, said: "The important thing to stress is that we're seeking a consensus on the best way forward for everyone.
"We may not get a solution that pleases everybody from this process, but we hope to improve the current situation for the benefit of all."
If you wish to attend, or for more details, please ring 01629 816351.