BBC Monday 3 February

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.

Vehicle ban on Roych and Chapel Gate

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.

Leys (Chertpit) Lane

The Peak Park consultation on its planned TRO for Leys Lane has closed. PDNPA is now analyzing the responses.

Long Causeway TRO delayed

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.

Chapel Gate TRO – consultation now closed

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.

Fed up with ruts? Damage? Here’s what to do

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

Please report illegal offroading by dialling 101

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

Peak Park adds to priority list of lanes needing action

PDNPA has added to its list of lanes needing protection routes in the National Park which are in counties other than Derbyshire. The number of lanes on the list is now 36. The following have been added: Continue reading

Isle of |Man campaign

There is now a group campaigning against off-roading in the Isle of Man. We have made contact and will be sharing campaign ideas.

Chapel Gate delay

Heavy snow led to cancellation of the March Peak Park meting which was due to decide whether to put a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) on Chapel Gate permanently excluding vehicles. This meant more delay before this fragile route is protected. (A subsequent meeting held in April decided to consult on a permanent TRO for the route). Prior to this, The Peak Park had lost a high court action at the end of 2012 when the Trail Riders Fellowship (the motor bikers) successfully challenged an Experimental TRO which had kept motor vehicles off Chapel Gate for 15 months. There is currently a temporary TRO on the route, put there by Derbyshire CC prior to its doing more repairs.