The Peak Park Authority is now consulting the public on its proposal to ban motor vehicles – 4x4s, quads and motor-bikes – permanently from using Chapel Gate (the high level route linking Chapel-en-le-Frith with Edale).
This follows a previous experimental Traffic Restriction Order (TRO) which demonstrated the environmental benefits of banning motor vehicles, But the support is needed of everyone who values the landscape and peace of the Peak District, to take part in the consultation and support the vehicle ban.
Why it matters
Chapel Gate is a very special ancient packhorse route, rising over the Mam Tor ridge from Edale. It runs through a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Its poor track surface has led users to avoid the hollow-way and to trample instead on the environmentally sensitive land beside it, causing unacceptable collateral damage and compromising use of the route by everyone.
What you can do about it
Taking part in the consultation is very easy. All the background documents and an online response form are on the Peak Park website at http://consult.peakdistrict.gov.uk/details.cfm?TROID=6
Please lend your voice to support the vehicle ban. The consultation ends on 28 June, but don’t delay – DO IT NOW! And please cut and paste this to all your contacts and to everyone else you know who cares about the Peak Park and wants to protect its unsurfaced byways from vehicle damage.
The consultation documentation asks for your reasons for supporting their proposed Traffic Restriction Order (TRO). You could talk about
– the environmental damage that is being caused by vehicle use
– the need for continual repairs
– and that use of a route such as this in a National Park is inappropriate and unsustainable.