New documentary looks at 4x4 issues

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A TV documentary is set to highlight 4x4 and trail bike issues in the national park.

Fly-on-the-wall film maker Richard Macer spent a year following staff from the Peak District National Park Authority’s rights of way team for the BBC4 documentary Tales from the National Parks.

The documentary will be shown on BBC4 at 9pm on October 30 and features residents and protest groups wanting 4x4s and trail bikes banned from Byways Open to All Traffic in the national park - and motor vehicle users who are fighting to keep their legal rights to continue using these unsurfaced countryside routes.

It also covers the decision to introduce an experimental Traffic Regulation Order at Chapel Gate, near Edale

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak Park, said: “We gave Richard Macer and his team full access to internal meetings, meetings with the public and our committees so viewers could see the real issues the rights of way team face on a daily basis.

“During the course of the year’s filming you are able to see the very different views of people on both sides of the argument, how the issue develops and the difficult and challenging role we play in managing the issue.”