The Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) is seeking the public's views on whether motor vehicles, including quad bikes, trail bikes and 4x4s, should be permanently banned from two green lanes in the Peak District National Park. The proposal is to make Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to exclude motor vehicles from Long Causeway and The Roych. Long Causeway is a 3.6km route between Sheffield and Hathersage which crosses Stanage Edge, and The Roych is a 3.5km stretch of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-Frith. The six-week public consultation runs from 20 September 2012 until 2 November 2012. More information at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/consultations
click here for PDNPA Consultations
The PDNPA says it is making the proposals due to damage to the areas through which the routes run, and the effect on other users such as walkers, cyclists and horse-riders and on people who live nearby. Both routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the national park. These proposals follow a lengthy period of consultation, monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.
Reasons for the proposed closure of Stanage Edge can be seen click here
Reasons for the proposed closure of The Roych can be seen click here
The PDNPA's proposals are part of its strategy for managing green lanes; it has 24 priority routes in the Derbyshire part of the National Park, 16 of which have action plans for their future management, and which can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/priorityroutes click here for PDNPA Priority Routes
Details of the TRO proposals can be found here or may be viewed at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AE from 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If any person wishes to make any representations relating to the proposed order, they must do so by 2 November 2012 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by writing to Rights of Way at the above address.
Information on recreational vehicle use in the National Park can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles click here for PDNPA Vehicles
www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/consultations click here for PDNPA Consultations