Off-roaders continue fight against lane ban

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Motorcyclists and 4x4 drivers are holding a further protest over plans by the Peak District National Park Authority to ban them from 36 green lanes.

The routes, which are unsurfaced roads and by-ways, have been highlighted for closure to motor vehicles by the park authority.

Closure plans for two of the routes – Long Causeway, off Stanage Edge, and The Roych, near Chapel-en-le-Frith – are currently subject to consultation.

The Trail Riders’ Fellowship, which represents off-road bikers and drivers, is holding a protest on Friday, May 24.

Members are unhappy the park authority is pressing ahead with the plans despite losing a court challenge over the closure of Chapel Gate, off Rushup Edge, on a technicality.

The cost to the park authority for the case is estimated as being well in excess of £10,000, the Trail Riders’ Fellowship said.

A spokesman for the fellowship said: “So far we have delayed implementation of closure to Stanage Edge and the Roych and reopened Chapel Gate.

“We will gather at 8am at the national park authority’s headquarters at Aldern House, Bakewell, when the Authority Committee discusses this issue again on May 24 and make sure that our voice is heard.

“The public should ask why, at a time when things are so tight, that the national park authority should be wasting so much public money on taking away people’s rights and enjoyment.”

The national park wants to make the green lanes more attractive to horse riders, walkers and cyclists.