The Peak Park is consulting on a Traffic Regulation Order for a vulnerable green lane in the Manifold Valley area. The lane goes through an area of landscape, ecological and geological interest which the Peak Park says is of national and international importance. Please take part in this consultation and support the TRO. The details are on the Peak Park website. There is an online response form. The closing date is Thursday 6 April.
Stoney Middleton parish council has been asking DCC for 25 years for action to deal with the damage, danger and disturbance being caused by motor vehicle use of the lane in the village called Jacob’s Ladder. PDGLA has been supporting their efforts. We are very pleased to report that DCC has decided to consult on a Traffic Regulation Order which, if adopted, will permanently exclude all motor vehicles from the lane. We will let you know when public consultation on the proposed Order starts.
The long awaited Peak Park Traffic Regulation Order on Washgate came into effect on 21 July. Apart from occasional use by two motor bike trials which have been exempted from the Order, use of the route by motor vehicles is now illegal. The route crosses the River Dove on the Derbs/Staffs border. The two vehicle trials drive through it. We Crayfish have been seen in this part of the river.
The Peak Park Authority is to consult on a Traffic Regulation Order for a green lane in Wetton. It is one of the few routes in the National Park used by 4x4s and motor bikes which is still green and grassy. The whole route is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is becomingly increasingly used and damaged by motor vehicles. We will let you know when the public consultation starts. No other new TRO consultations are planned by the Peak Park in the year ahead. This is despite the steady deterioration of many routes and pressure for action from various local communities.
Monksdale Lane, Tideswell is now a bridleway. The bridleway Order has been confirmed and use by recreational motor vehicles is now illegal.Many thanks to PDGLA and Peak Horsepower colleagues who did the work on the public inquiry and to the local residents, farmers, horse riders and walkers whose evidence played an important part in securing the bridleway decision.
The Peak Park Authority has put bridleway and ‘No motor vehicles’ signs up on Brushfield. All motor vehicle use is illegal and can be prosecuted.
The second public inquiry into the BOAT claim on the route between Upperdale and Brushfield (Monsal Head area) has confirmed that the whole route is a bridleway (BW). We think a last ditch attempt by offroaders to keep hold of the route by launching a challenge to the BW decision in the High Court is unlikely. There appear to be no grounds for a legal challenge and the last time the offroaders went to the high court over a Peak District route (Bradley Lane in Pilsley) they lost and had to pay costs. Loss of the Brushfield route will be a real blow to the offroading community. It was a challenging, high level route for motor vehicles. It has been increasingly heavily used by 4x4s, quads and motor bikes. It was also one of the key attractions offered by the commercial offroading organisations which operate in the national park. Once the BW signs go up anyone using the route with a motor vehicle (other than the landowners and farmers) can be prosecuted. The BOAT claim was defeated by PDGLA and the Peak Horsepower bridleway group with the help of evidence given by local residents, horse riders, farmers and walkers. The route is in a severely damaged state. It is on the DCC green lanes repair plan and is scheduled for repair during the current financial year. The repair plan usually slips.
The Peak Park agreed on Friday 4 November to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order permanently excluding all types of motor vehicle from Derby Lane in Monyash. For the first time PDNPA has now used preventing damage as one of the grounds for a TRO. We hope they will now be willing to use these ground to protect other at risk routes. Derby Lane brings the tally of Peak Park TROs to five: Long Causeway, the Roych, Chertpit Lane, Chapel Gate and now Derby Lane.
DCC is consulting on repairs to Hurstclough Lane in Bamford. The proposed repairs will put in drainage, get rid of the ruts and resurface the track. At present it is so badly damaged that horse riders can’t use it and it is very difficult even for walkers. You can respond online here.
The Peak Park decided on 16 September to put a permanent TRO on Washgate excluding all types of motor vehicle. However, some respondents to the TRO consultation asked for an exemption for ‘historic’ motor vehicle trials. ‘Historic’ doesn’t mean vintage vehicles. It means the trials have been run for many years. Powerful modern motor bikes take part. The Peak Park is doing a new consultation about whether there should be exemptions. Our view is that that there should be no blanket exemption for any trial but that the wording of the TRO could permit trials with the consent of the Authority. This would give the Peak Park control over the number and frequency of trials and it would allow it to set conditions for any trial, for example the maximum numberof participants and an obligation to repair any damage done to the surface, walls, verges of Washgate. You can take part in the consultation online.