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Action on management of recreational vehicles on green lanes

This is an archived press release

Monday 1 October 2012

The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed progress on managing the use of 4x4s and motorcycles on green lanes.

Members of the Authority’s  Audit, Resources and Performance committee (Sept 28) heard a progress report on the first six months of a two-year programme to deliver action on green lanes.

The report set out what the Authority’s rights of way team has achieved since March 2012, when it allotted an extra £100,000 to the programme over two years. During the last six months the work has included:

  • meetings with green lane user groups
  • improvements to information on the website www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles
  • a newsletter distributed to user groups and interested parties
  • consultations on possible vehicle regulation for four routes (Brushfield to Upperdale, Chertpit Lane, Long Causeway and the Roych)
  • repairs on four routes (Bradley Lane, Moorlands Lane, Long Causeway and Washgates)
  • volunteer working parties on two routes (Long Causeway and Washgates)
  • updated management plans on four routes (Brushfield to Upperdale, Chertpit Lane, Long Causeway and Roych)
  • vehicle logging and liaison with police to identify hotspots
  • detailed monitoring on illegal use on three routes (a bridleway at Darlton Quarry, Chapel Gate and Long Causeway)
  • liaison with Derbyshire County Council to identify repairs and sites for barriers to help stop illegal use.

Christopher Pennell, who chairs the Audit, Resources and Performance committee, said: “Our aim is to improve responsible recreation opportunities for all, which encourage a sense of adventure, promote health and wellbeing and are sustainable and appropriate to the national park landscape.

“We have committed extra resources to addressing this issue, despite budget cuts in other areas, and we are seeing good progress. Communications with all users have improved. We continue to work together with volunteers – with the help of Peak Park Conservation Volunteers we recorded 82 volunteer days to repair the surface on Washgates.

“We are currently consulting on proposals to minimise damage and disturbance on two unsealed routes. We want 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.

“Members are keen to keep up the momentum and we look forward to a report in March on progress over the winter.”

People are currently being asked to comment on proposed Traffic Regulation Orders to exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s from Long Causeway (3.6 km route between Hathersage and Sheffield) and the Roych (3.5km section of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-Frith). The deadline is November 2. Both routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the national park.

Details may be viewed and comments made at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations

For any queries, call the rights of way team on 01629 816290.

This is an archived press release

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