The Peak District National Park Authority is meeting on Friday 20 July to announce its intention to close Long Causeway at Stanage Edge and The Roych near Chapel-en-le-Frith to all traffic.
The National Park Authority has already consulted with key interest groups about the option of issuing Traffic Regulation Orders which would make it illegal for any vehicles to use the tracks. After the meeting on Friday, there will be a six week consultation period before a final decision can be made about the TROs becoming law.
We think this is great news, and something we have been fighting hard for with our Take Back the Tracks campaign. We identified Long Causeway as one of our priority tracks. It runs through one of the Peak District’s most iconic and sensitive places – Stanage Edge – and has been ravaged by 4×4 drivers and trail bikes. Closing it permanently to traffic is the only way to ensure this important area is protected for the future.
Our Take Back the Tracks rally at Long Causeway last summer highlighted the need for action to save the lane from off-roading. As a result, the National Park Authority allocated extra resources to the problem, and pledged to take action.
It’s very clear to us that both Long Causeway and The Roych should be closed to traffic, and we’ve argued for this in our response to the first phase of the consultation. We’ll be there at the meeting on Friday, passionately arguing again for TROs to save these precious green lanes. Please come down and support us. The meeting starts at 10am and is at the Peak District National Park Authority’s offices at Aldern House, Bakewell.