New off-roading strategy welcomed

2nd Dec 2011

We're welcoming the Peak District National Park Authority’s new plans for dealing with off-roading damage in the National Park.

Some of the most sensitive routes in the Peak District are being ruined by 4x4s and trail bikes, so it was obvious that more needed to be done. Our Take Back the Tracks campaign has been calling for action so we’re really pleased to see that the Park Authority has taken notice and is doing something.

The Park Authority has allocated an extra £100,000 to manage unsurfaced routes over the next two years. Its new strategy and action plan includes: potentially closing five green lanes to vehicles; committing to repairing four specific routes; and monitoring illegal use on 100 other sites.

We do still have concerns about the future funding for maintaining our key green lanes and want to see this secured for the future. Funds are the responsibility of the highways agency, Derbyshire County Council.  We hope that the Park Authority will be building a strong relationship with Derbyshire County Council to ensure our beautiful and sensitive landscapes are sustained for the future.

But overall, this is very encouraging. Now we’re keen for the Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council to get on with it!