Now it's time for action

27th Jul 2011

We've just written to the Peak District National Park Authority to demand action now at Long Causeway (Stanage Edge) and The Roych (near Hayfield).

We’re really pleased that the Peak District National Park Authority has taken notice of Take Back the Tracks campaign. At its recent meeting about how it manages 4x4 use on unsurfaced roads, it agreed that its strategy needs reviewing. Now it’s time for action! Long Causeway and The Roych are devastated by the erosion caused by off-roaders and need protecting now. The Peak District National Park Authority should place Traffic Regulation Orders on them as soon as possible so that it’s illegal for 4x4s and trail bikes to use them.

Thanks to everyone who came on our Take Back the Tracks rally at Long Causeway earlier in July to publicise the damage being caused by off-roading. Also to all our supporters - plus friends from Rocking the BOAT, Forum for Ancient Byways and Peak District Green Lanes Alliance - who picketed and spoke at the Park Authority’s recent meeting.

We realise that the Park Authority is facing budget cuts, so we were heartened that it agreed to look at ways to find more resources for this urgent work. However repairs on Long Causeway have recently cost Derbyshire County Council nearly £30,000 and that’s without sorting out the most damaged area. So closing roads is often a far more cost-effective solution.

As well as Long Causeway and The Roych, we’re monitoring the preventative work that’s taken place at Pin Dale – and if that’s not working, we’d want to see a Traffic Regulation Order there too. There are also several routes were safety is a major concern to local people, for instance at Chertpit Lane, Bradley Lane and School Lane. We think the Peak District National Park Authority should lobby Derbyshire County to take faster and stronger action here too. 

Now we’ll have to wait and see if the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council will actually put their money where their mouths are, and find the resources to protect our precious green lanes.