This is an archived press release
Friday 20 September 2013
The Peak District National Park Authority is to permanently prevent motor vehicles from using the Long Causeway at Stanage, near Hathersage, to protect the national park's special qualities.
Members of the Authority's Audit, Resources and Performance committee decided that a permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is necessary to conserve nature and the quiet enjoyment of the wild landscape.
The decision follows a public consultation last year in which the Authority received almost 2,500 responses, with 1127 objecting to the proposed TRO and 1327 supporting a vehicle ban.
Long Causeway runs from Redmires Reservoir on the outskirts of Sheffield, to Stanedge Pole where it crosses the highway authorities' boundary between Sheffield City Council and Derbyshire County Council. It then descends below the iconic Stanage Edge to Dennis Knoll.
Three members of the public spoke at the meeting representing the Peak District Local Access Forum, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance, the Trail Riders Fellowship and Peak District and Derbyshire Vehicle User Group.
The Peak District National Park Authority's Audit, Resources and Performance Committee chair, Christopher Pennell, said: "We have given careful consideration to a range of options including partial restrictions of vehicle access, but, these would not have safeguarded the area's exceptional natural beauty and internationally important wildlife and habitats."
Long Causeway is popular with many different users. It passes through some of the Dark Peak's most dramatic open countryside, with far-reaching views uninterrupted by buildings, settlements or roads.
Mr Pennell said: "In view of the area's significant environmental sensitivity and to preserve opportunities for its quiet enjoyment, the committee decided the best option for Long Causeway is to stop vehicles from using it."
Long Causeway is currently subject to a temporary restriction, by Derbyshire County Council, on vehicles (over 1.5m width) until March 2015, or until their planned repairs are completed. The National Park Authority's TRO will need to take this into account.
The exclusion does not include wheelchairs or electric disability scooters and Trampers.
Vehicles are also to be prohibited along the entire length of the Roych green lane, near Chapel-en-le-Frith following repairs due in October. The Authority is to make a replacement permanent TRO at the Roych to take effect after Derbyshire County Council, the highway authority, has completed its repairs. The replacement TRO will take the place of the one made in September.
Detailed route management information is available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/priorityroutes.
More information is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles.
For any queries, call the rights of way team on 01629 816290.
Managing green lanes is one of the Authority's top priorities in order to protect the landscape.