The pressure being put on the Peak District National Park Authority by the Alliance and local residents is beginning to pay off. At a key meeting on 15 July, Members threw out a paper written by Peak Park officers which claimed that the Peak Park’s approach to 4x4s and trail bikes is working. Instead of accepting this absurdly complacent report, they decided on a thorough review of the Peak Park strategy and policy on offroading. They made it clear that they want more action and more resources put into protecting lanes and byways in the Park. A review group of Members has been set up. It will report to the full Peak Park Board in December. The Alliance will keep in close touch with the review and expects to see radical improvements in the Peak Park’s stance on offroading. The proof of the pudding will be when we see the Peak Park taking the lead on Traffic Regulation Orders permanently banning 4x4s and trail bikes wherever they are damaging the environment or are a danger to other people.
LAF behind the curve
The Peak Park Local Access Forum supported the officers’ report. The Alliance will be seeking a meeting with the Chair to find out how it came about that the LAF was so out of step with local feeling.