Campaign victory as off-road policy is updated

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The strategy for managing off-roading in the Peak District is to be updated to help prevent routes being damaged.

The move comes after a high profile campaign to highlight the issue.

Members of the Peak District National Park Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee backed the concerns about the impact being caused by 4x4s and trail bikes on the tranquillity of the national park and on the condition of unsurfaced routes, which can make it difficult for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to use them.

They agreed to work with officers on preparing a revised strategy to be considered by the full authority in December. They are also hoping to speed up the process of resolving problems caused by the inappropriate use of vehicles on unsurfaced routes in the national park.

Committee chair Christopher Pennell said: “It is good that people are so passionate about the national park’s beautiful landscape and are concerned about issues like this.”

Earlier this month Friends of the Peak District organised a Take Back the Tracks rally at Stanage Pole to flag up the issue of off-roading.

Andy Tickle, of Friends of the Peak District, said: “We’re really pleased that the committee has taken notice of our Take Back the Tracks campaign and to other groups, and that it agreed that the strategy needs reviewing.

“We’ve just written to the Park Authority about specific routes where action needs to be prioritised – but we’ll have to wait and see if it will actually put its money where its mouth is, and find the resources to make things happen.”