Council backs bid to put brakes on off-roaders

A bid by the Peak District National Park Authority to stop 4x4 vehicles using the Roych track has been backed by Chapel Parish Council.

Members considered a written report from Cllr Hilary Batterbee about the historical significance of the track, its use by walkers and horse riders and its progressive deterioration in recent years due to use by off-roaders.

Cllr Guy Martin added that large amounts of money had been spent on maintenance of the track, only for further damage to occur.

Councillors accepted a proposal from Cllr Mike Harrison that an outright ban on vehicles should be supported on the grounds that a minority are spoiling the enjoyment of the National Park for the majority.

Cllr Liam McCarthy had proposed that it would be fairer to all users if there was a constructive debate which could result in the track being open for limited times during the year to 4x4 vehicles.