DCC: please do better on off-roading

25th Jan 2012

Join us in asking Derbyshire County Council to be bolder, fairer and clearer in its updated off-roading policy!

DCC is currently consulting on its Policy for the Management of Motorised Vehicle Use in the Countryside. Our Take Back the Tracks campaign is lobbying for action to stop 4x4 vehicles and trail bikes damaging sensitive routes in the Peak District - and so we're writing o the Council welcoming the review but calling for firmer action on off-roading. 

We do really welcome the fact that DCC is updating its off-roading policy, but we have some serious concerns about these revisions and don't think they are nearly bold enough. We believe that the draft policy

  • puts the rights of off-roaders way above the rights of other users including walkers, cyclists and horse-riders
  • ignores DCC’s duty to protect the environment - including the Peak District National Park
  • limits partnership working to the off-roading community, and largely ignores other legitimate users
  • is unrealistic about how effective voluntary restraint can be in stopping damage from off-roading
  • does not explain how and when DCC would close roads using Traffic Regulation Orders
  • has the potential to delay DCC issuing Traffic Regulation Orders

Some of our most sensitive routes are under real threat from off-roading damage, and DCC already has the power to protect our landscapes by closing roads. We’d like to see some action now!

We also think that it is important that DCC works more closely with the Peak District National Park Authority, and supports its work protecting this special environment. 

Have your say now!

The deadline for comments on the revised policy is 14 March. Please comment now on DCC's website, asking for changes to strengthen the policy and protect our countryside.