Concerns over vehicle route

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RESIDENTS in the Wash and New Smithy areas of Chinley have raised concerns over Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) proposals to close the Roych Clough to motorised vehicles.

While a majority of residents are in favour of the proposed Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) some are concerned about an alternative route, through the Wash, which has been put forward for use by off-road vehicles.

A meeting, organised by High Peak borough councillor Audrey Bramah, saw 25 residents raise their concerns with officers from the PDNPA and its chairman Tony Favell.

They say the narrow lane is already used by a considerable amount of traffic; has no designated passing places or paths for safe walking and is prone to flooding, ice and is virtually impassible after heavy snowfall.

Incidents of the road being blocked by vehicles meeting along this lane were reported, and fears expressed that this would become more frequent should more vehicles use the lane.

The route is used by local residents and visitors for walking, running, cycling and horse riding, as well as local farmers moving livestock.

Residents are calling for the alternative route to be reconsidered and replaced with a safer alternative.