PEAK DISTRICT: Public to be consulted on banning motorised vehicle ban

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The general public are to have their say on plans for a permanent traffic ban on a green lane within the Peak District National Park.

Later this month the Peak District National Park Authority will launch a six-week consultation over the possibility of permanently excluding 4x4s and trail-bikes from Chapel Gate, a 3km route which skirts Rushup Edge crossing a landscape of the highest international importance for its wildlife and natural beauty.

The Authority’s audit, resources and performance committee decided to seek the public’s views on a proposed permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to restrict recreational motorised traffic on the Chapel Gate route.

Representatives of the Peak District Local Access Forum, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance, Peak District Vehicle Users Group and the Trail Riders Fellowship all spoke at the meeting.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Chapel Gate is an important recreational route which runs through a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

“And, it’s our statutory responsibility to protect the national park from adverse impact on its natural beauty, which includes the landscape, wildlife and heritage, and on the amenity value for people to enjoy it.

“We welcome people’s views on the use of Chapel Gate by recreational motorised traffic so that Authority members can make an informed decision in the future.”

The audit, resources and performance committee unanimously approved action plans for 36 priority routes (24 are in Derbyshire) considered to be potentially unsustainable and in need of improved management by the highway authorities.

The Peak District National Park Authority has the power to make traffic regulation orders to conserve the landscape’s natural beauty and wildlife.

The start of the consultation will be announced in local media and at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations

Further information on the use of green lanes in the Peak District can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles