Campaigners have slammed the Peak District National Park Authority’s decision to press ahead with proposals to ban vehicles from one green lane.
Later this month the 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.
But campaigners have branded the plans as “disappointing but predictable” and have announced that they will fight the ban with even more high-profile protests.
A spokesman for the Trail Riders Fellowship, which is a 3500-strong national motorcycling club affiliated to PDVUG, said: “We will not be ignored again and will stage another protest at the authority’s headquarters on May 24 when this subject is next discussed.”
However, Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said it was his “statutory responsibility” to protect the national park from “adverse impact” on its natural beauty.
The start of the consultation will be announced in local media and at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations.