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Congratulations and thanks to everyone who went to the National Park Authority’s committee meeting about its strategy on off-roading in the Peak District – including those who picketed the entrance to Aldern House!

About thirty people (including us, Rocking the Boat, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance and Forum for Ancient Byways) stood at the gates before the meeting, and the public gallery was packed. Ten people gave three minute speeches each – about the need to take action. There was both applause and heckling.

We’re pleased that the committee listened and agreed that the strategy and policy need reviewing. They pointed out that lack of resources was the key issue. Everyone also agreed that the Peak District National Park Authority should have urgent meetings with local highway authority leaders and police chiefs to find a way of managing this difficult conflict. The revised strategy will be returned to the full Authority meeting on 2 December.

Meanwhile, the National Park Authority has said that it will look at ways to potentially find more resources. So we’ll have to wait and see if money can be found to make things – including Traffic Regulation Orders – happen more quickly.