This is an archived press release
Thursday 24 April 2008
24 April 2008
On the Right Track
A website and leaflets giving advice about recreational use of the countryside by 4x4s and trail bikes have been launched by the Peak District National Park Authority.
The website gives information for motorists and residents about the authority's role in protecting the countryside from illegal 'off-roading', while managing legal access for motor vehicles to unsurfaced countryside routes that are classified as roads.
Trail bike riders and 4x4 drivers can log on the website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles to find out the routes they should avoid using.
It also gives advice about how to join a responsible motor vehicle group, how to organise trips into the countryside and has a drivers' code giving tips on the best ways of staying within the law. The residents' section on the same website has information on how to:
- report problems of 'off-roading' and illegal use of land by motor vehicles
- deal with noise pollution problems caused by motor vehicle use
- find out which councils or other organisations are responsible for dealing with different issues related to motor vehicle use.
To support the website, leaflets have been produced offering advice to residents and motor vehicle users. Peak District National Park Authority rangers and the police will hand them out when they patrol the countryside or attend public meetings. Copies are also available from the authority's office in Baslow Road, Bakewell.
Councillor Andrew Marchington, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority's services committee, said: "The issue of use of the countryside by 4x4s and trail bikes is one of the most difficult we face.
"We are trying to achieve the balance of welcoming people to the national park, while ensuring that everyone who goes into the countryside is acting responsibly and legally.
"By working in partnership with user groups and local residents we hope to achieve and promote a better understanding of the issues and take practical steps that balance the needs of everyone concerned."
The initiative has the support of Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for maintaining most unsurfaced roads in the Peak District National Park.
Chief Supt Roger Flint, of Derbyshire Police, said: "This is a wonderful joint initiative which will help everyone involved address this issue, which is important to many members of the local community as well as visitors to the area."
The Peak District National Park Authority has recently implemented a strategy to manage recreational vehicle use of unsurfaced roads in the countryside.