The public is to have its say on plans for a permanent traffic ban on a green lane within the Peak District.
Later this month the Peak District National Park Authority will launch a six–week consultation over the possibility of permanently excluding 4x4s and trail–bikes from Chapel Gate, a 3km route which skirts Rushup Edge, in between Chapel–en–le–Frith and Edale.
The authority’s audit, resources and performance committee decided to seek the public’s views on a proposed permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to restrict recreational motorised traffic on the Chapel Gate route.
Representatives of the Peak District Local Access Forum, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance, Peak District Vehicle Users Group and the Trail Riders Fellowship all spoke at the meeting.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Chapel Gate is an important recreational route which runs through a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
“We welcome people’s views on the use of Chapel Gate by recreational motorised traffic so that Authority members can make an informed decision in the future.”
The Peak District National Park Authority has the power to make traffic regulation orders to conserve the landscape’s natural beauty and wildlife.
The start of the consultation will be announced at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations
Further information on the use of green lanes in the Peak District can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles