An online petition has been launched by a supporter calling on government to change the law so as to stop motor vehicles using green lanes. Please sign it and please forward it to friends and contacts.
The long awaited Peak Park Traffic Regulation Order excluding all types of motor vehicle from Long Causeway is now in place. It came in on 18 September. The causeway has also been fully repaired and is once again a wonderful route for walkers and horse riders. It can also be used by cyclists and horse-drawn carriages. But if you see any 4x4s or motor bikes please report them to the Police by calling 101. Congratulations to the Peak Park for its determination to protect this superb route.
We reported that Bradley Lane, Pilsley had been saved and was to become a bridleway. Now the Trail Riders Fellowship motor bike group has launched a High Court challenge to the Planning Inspector’s decision. The grounds for the challenge seem to be nothing more than that the TRF doesn’t agree with the Inspector – ie there appear to be no actual points of law at issue. We will keep you posted.
The BBC East Midlands Inside Out programme is showing a short feature on off-roading in the Peak Park on Monday 3 March, 7.30. If you don’t get BBC East Midlands you can catch it on the Iplayer.
The Peak District has at last got its first Traffic Regulation Orders. PDNPA decided on 24 January to permanently exclude all types of motor vehicle from the Roych and Chapel Gate, two of the most important and most damaged green lanes in the Derbyshire Dales. PDGLA thanks everyone who took part in the consultations. This was the second time PDNPA has made the same decision on the Roych. They wanted to review recent repairs to see if the repairs had made any difference to the need for a TRO. They decided they did not as the grounds for the TRO are the preservation of natural beauty and the amenity of non-vehicle users and have nothing to do with the state of the surface.
The Peak Park will make a final decision on a Traffic Regulation Order for Leys Lane at a meeting in November.
The Peak Park agreed a permanent vehicle ban on Long Causeway in September 2013. But there is a delay in it being implemented because the Peak Park can’t bring in its TRO on the Causeway while an existing DCC ban on 4x4s is in place. The law says that only one TRO can be in place at any one time (one of the may daft aspects of highway law). DCC can’t lift its own TRO until it has made the revetment which holds up the Causeway safe. Repairs are scheduled for this year.
The public consultation on the Peak Park’s plans for a Traffic Regulation Order on Chapel Gate is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who took part. We will let you know when the Peak Park is due to make a final decision on this route.
Complaining about illegal offroading, about vehicle damage and about danger to walkers and horse riders from 4x4s, quads and motor bikes really matters. This item tells you how to do it. Continue reading
Offroading is illegal on bridleways, footpaths and restricted byways. Dangerous driving is illegal everywhere including on byways open to all traffic and unsurfaced lanes. If you see illegal or dangerous offroading please report it to the police. Always ask for a police incident number. Without one there is no record of your complaint. If you can, make a note of vehicle registration numbers. There is more information about reporting illegal offroading inHow to complain