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Green lanes to be considered for traffic regulation consultation

This is an archived press release

Thursday 24 May 2012

Statutory bodies and recreational user groups are being consulted about whether traffic restrictions should be placed on two sensitive Peak District National Park green lanes.

The Peak District National Park Authority has written to the bodies, such as parish councils and highway authorities, as well as recreational groups representing a range of interests from motor vehicle users through to walkers. It wants to get their views on whether restrictions should be put in place at:

  • Long Causeway, between Bamford and Sheffield and
  • Roych Clough, near Chapel-en-le-Frith

During the 28-day consultation groups are being asked if traffic regulation orders are needed or not. Groups and bodies which say orders are needed will then be asked to consider what form they should take and how long they should be in place. Groups and bodies which say they are not will be asked what other measures should be put in place instead to prevent further damage to these sensitive landscapes.

Once all the relevant bodies have been consulted members of the Peak District National Park Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee will consider the issue on 20 July.

If they decide some sort of restriction should be considered a proposal and draft order will be prepared. A public consultation will then be held to get the views of individual members of the public during the autumn.

The current consultation is potentially the first stage of a lengthy legal process and interested individuals can only make comments through one of the recreational user groups or statutory bodies. A list of these can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles with links through to the contact pages on their websites.

To comply with strict legal processes that have to be followed individual comments sent to the Peak District National Park Authority cannot be considered at this stage. Anyone ignoring this request will have to re-submit their comments during any later public consultation.

Christopher Pennell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee, said: “Long Causeway and the Roych are routes identified as priority areas where we are looking to improve the management of green lanes.

“User groups on all sides are agreed that these sites need managing in a better way and this consultation gives them the chance to highlight the ways they would like to see this done.”

The work is part of the Peak District National Park Authority’s recently agreed policy and procedure that sets out how it will manage the use of green lanes by recreational vehicles.

The plan focuses effort on managing 24 priority routes used by recreational vehicles in the Derbyshire part of the national park. Where there is a conflict with the conservation of the special qualities of the national park then action will be taken, including the appropriate use of Traffic Regulation Orders, which can restrict or ban traffic from the most sensitive routes.

Sixteen of these routes have action plans with proposals for their future management. These can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/priorityroutes

The authority is currently spending an extra £100,000 over two years to deliver the improvements contained in these action plans, tackle illegal use of the countryside by vehicles and improve communications to all users about the issues of managing green lanes.

This is an archived press release

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