Countryside campaigners cheer Peak District plans for action over off-roading

COUNTRYSIDE campaigners cheer Peak District plans for action on off-roading

Plans published on Friday to save Peak District green lanes from off-roading damage are being welcomed by local campaigners.

The Peak District National Park Authority has committed to work on 27 routes in the park, including making repairs on some and consulting on road closures on others.

“This is great news! We’ve been campaigning for the National Park Authority to get on with protecting our most sensitive and damaged lanes, so it’s really heartening that it has listened to local people’s concerns and is putting its money where its mouth is,” said John King, planning officer with Friends of the Peak District.

In particular, the action plan identifies five lanes where it will consult with the public about what it calls “vehicle regulation”. These are Long Causeway at Stanage Edge, Cherpit Lane at Great Longstone, The Roych near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Brough Lane above Bamford and Brushfield, near Monsal Head.

“Long Causeway and the Roych are the current top two lanes we’ve been lobbying to save as part of our Take Back the Tracks campaign. Work on these is really urgent because the damage is so terrible, and the landscapes here are particularly environmentally sensitive,” said John King.

However, the action plan does not specify what kind of vehicle regulation the National Park Authority will be consulting on.

“The National Park Authority may suggest a number of options including seasonal restrictions or just making lanes one-way. We want bold action – and the most sensitive lanes closed to all recreational vehicles for good! Our precious green lanes need saving properly, and permanently,” added John King. “This is by no means a done deal. If you care about your countryside, please look out for the consultations and have your say.”

The consultations are due to start this summer.