We are absolutely delighted by Derbyshire County Council’s decision to consult on a traffic regulation order (TRO) that would ban off-road vehicles from Jacob’s Ladder in Stoney Middleton.
The arguments for a full TRO between the Nook in Stoney Middleton and New Road to Eyam were all made forcefully in DCC’s report. We congratulate Cllr Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure for making this difficult decision.
But it is the right one. The lane is completely unsuitable for off-roading. The experience of its peace and quiet has long been denied to local residents and National Park visitors due to speeding vehicles. It was once a cobbled route on which families with small children felt safe. But with trail bikes suddenly appearing round blind bends on a steep hill, and with no refuges on such a narrow passage few dare use it. Damage to the surface of the lane has also been severe leaving tree roots exposed and ruts, adding to the danger for vulnerable users.
With Stoney Middleton Parish Council and Peak District Green Lanes Alliance, with whom we have campaigned for this result, we now look forward to responding to the statutory consultations that are required before such an order can be made.
Here's the DCC announcement www.derbyshire.gov.uk