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.
The Peak Park is consulting the public on a Traffic Regulation Order to stop motor vehicles using Derby Lane, Monyash. The details and an online response form are on the Peak Park website. Click’read more’for the link.The closing date is 10 June. Please take part and help make sure this almost unspoiled route is saved from destruction from motor bikes and 4x4s.
The Peak Park is consulting on a Traffic Regulation Order banning motor vehicles from Washgate, a lane on the Derbs-Staffs border. Details of the
consultation are on the Peak Park website. The lane is being heavily used by 4x4s and motor bikes. Please take part in the consultation.
Following a public inquiry into a BOAT claim on the route between Upperdale and the hamlet ofBrushfield, the Planning Inspectorate has rejected the BOAT claim on the route and decidedit is a bridleway. There may be objections from offroaders which could trigger a second inquiry, so it is not all over yet.
Martins Lane and Stockmoor Lane in Wingerworth are now bridleways. Motor vehicle rights both lanes were claimed by the Trail Riders Fellowship, the motor biking lobby, but their claimshave failed. PDGLA researches showed there were no historic public vehicle rights of way on either lane. At the same time, local residents, walkers and horse riders who had known the lane for many years were able to disprove claims made by motor bikers that they had used the lane for the 20 year period necessary under highway law to establish motor vehicle rights. Well done Wingerworth!
A Peak Park Ranger who saw motor vehicles illegally using Long Causeway, in breach ofthe Traffic Regulation Order banning all motor vehicles from the route, has been assaulted by one of the drivers. The Ranger was able to make a note of the registration number and reported the incident to the Police. He was assisted by local runners who had confrontedthe vehicles before the assault and by a mountain biker who had also taken photographs on her mobile phone. We arepleased to report that he was not badly hurt. We hope there will be a prosecution.
The Peak Park Authority has decided to consult on a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for Washgate. This is an old pack horse route crossing the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border. We will letyou know when the public stage of the consultation process is announced. Meanwhile we will be arguing for a permanent TRO excluding motor vehicles at all times.