I think this message from Patricia Stubbs, Chair Peak District Green Lanes Alliance will be of concern to everyone.


Dear All

The Peak Park is consulting the public on its plans to ban 4x4s, motor bikes and quad bikes from a precious but badly damaged green lane called Washgate. For those who don’t know it, Washgate is on the Derbs/Staffs border and it includes an ancient packhorse bridge. It is heavily used by motor vehicles and has been badly damaged. A photo of the lane showing some of the damage is below. It used to have a decent, soft surface. Please try to find time to take part in this consultation. The details are on the Peak Park website at http://consult.peakdistrict.gov.uk .You can respond online.

Please also forward this email to friends and family and everyone you know who cares about the Peak District.

Other news is not so good. The Conservative government has ditched the promise made in Parliament by the Coalition of a stakeholder group to advise on the use of green lanes by offroad vehicles, followed by full public consultation. This means there is no early prospect of a change in the law governing motor vehicle use of green lanes. Meanwhile, we will be continuing to work on lanes in the Peak District.

Best wishes and thank you for your support

Patricia Stubbs
Chair Peak District Green Lanes Alliance