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Protest over Peak District green lane closures

MORE than 40 trail riders and drivers gathered in the Peak District National Park at the weekend to take part in a slow driving protest against plans to close ‘green lanes’.

The Peaks and Derbyshire Vehicle Users Group travelled along main roads, tarmac lanes, towns and tourist attractions in the national park and distributed leaflets promoting their cause.

They are angry at plans to ban 4x4s and motorbikes from using so called ‘green lanes’.

Their opponents want to ban them because of the damage they do to the environment.

Police were present at the demonstration but there were no incidents.

The Peaks and Derbyshire Vehicle Users Group said it is now planning a major demonstration at the Peak District National Park Authority’s headquarters in Bakewell on Friday, March 22.

Members say they want to resume discussions on banning vehicles from some of the park’s most iconic roads.

PDVUG member club the Trail Riders Fellowship previously scored a victory in the battle to keep green lanes open for all when the High Court declared an earlier attempt by the Peak District National Park Authority to ban vehicles from the Chapel Gate road was found to be unlawful.

 

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