The ‘Picnic in the Park’ was held by greenlaners angry at the way the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) is closing access to legal byways.
Around 150 drivers and riders arrived throughout the day, with some journeying from as far away as the Isle of Wight. Clashes with pro-closure groups was anticipated, but fortunately none turned up.
The gathering was in specific protest against the threatened closure by TRO of Leys Lane, Longstone. The group describes the lane as ‘well-surfaced but narrow, and ideal for a good management scheme’. Supporters were invited to ‘call in and see us at the picnic site in Cherpit for lunch, where we can have a get together, talk about where we are and what we need to do and where to go next.’
Among the group’s objectives was to demonstrate how legal, responsible use of byways involves very little noise and no damage, and to show the effectiveness of a managed traffic-control system (vehicles travelled one-way from the West). Participants were also encouraged to email their views to Jim Dixon, CEO of the PDNPA.
‘We proved again that we are not going to go away, that we are law-abiding, we have a right to be there, we are organized and we are serious,’ said Mike Irving, Communications Director for the TRF. ‘With participants from all over the country we are demonstrating that this is a national issue and not just about the Peaks.’
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