Countryside campaigners want to close roads in the Peak District to vehicles
People can now give their views on whether trail bikes, quad bikes and 4x4's should be permanently banned from two green lanes in the Peak District.
A six week public consultation will now take place to discuss the future of the Long Causeway between Sheffield and Hathersage, and the Roych which is a stretch of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-frith.
The Authority is making the proposals due to damage to the areas through which
the routes run, and the effect on other users such as walkers, cyclists and
horse-riders and on people who live nearby.
Cllr Garry Purdy, vice-chair
of the Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee, said: "Both
routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally-sensitive
areas of the national park. These proposals follow a lengthy period of
monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.
already sought the views of the highways authorities, parish councils,
recreational user groups and environmental groups, the majority of whom favoured
permanent bans. The committee has also held site inspections.
proposing these Traffic Regulation Orders 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.”
Both are former
packhorse routes. The Long Causeway crosses the spectacular Stanage Edge,
following a route between Redmires and Hathersage. The Roych track is part of
the Pennine Bridleway, a national trail dedicated principally to horse-riders,
but is also used by cyclists and walkers.
These proposals are part of
the Authority’s overall strategy for managing green lanes. It has 24 priority
routes in the Derbyshire part of the national park, 16 of which have action
plans for their future management, which can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/priorityroutes
The Authority is currently spending an extra £100,000 over two years to
carry out the action plans, tackle illegal off-roading and improve communication
with all green lane users.
Information on recreational vehicle use in
the national park can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles
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