Council stands ground over A57 Snake Pass closure following mass trespass

Derbyshire County Council has stood firm over the closure of the A57 Snake Pass following a spate of landslides – despite a mass trespass by around 100 cyclists and walkers at the weekend.

By Christina Massey
Tuesday, 15th March 2022, 8:21 am
Snake Pass 'mass trespass'
Snake Pass 'mass trespass'

The demonstration over the closure of the Peak District road took place on Saturday (March 12), organised by cyclist Harry Gray.

This happened the day after High Peak councillors Ruth George, Damien Greenhalgh and Anne Clarke wrote an open letter to Derbyshire County Council’s Executive Director of Place Chris Henning requesting parts of it be reopened, claiming they had been inundated with complaints.

However the authority has maintained that the pass will remain closed for safety reasons.

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The council has stood firm over the closure of the A57 Snake Pass following a spate of landslides – despite a mass trespass by around 100 cyclists and walkers at the weekend.

A spokesperson said: “The weekend before last the sheer number of cyclists, many in very large groups, riding the A57 Snake Pass along with residents’ cars, road maintenance and farm vehicles meant it was simply not safe.

“As a result, we had to take the difficult decision to extend the closure of Snake Pass to cyclists and walkers in addition to the existing closure to vehicles, other than residents’ and highways maintenance vehicles.

“We completely understand the attraction of the road to the cycling community and we did not take the decision to close lightly, but our duty to people’s safety has to come first.

“Our estimate is that around 100 cyclists and walkers chose to ignore the Snake Pass road closure signs on Saturday.”

The demonstration over the closure of the Peak District road took place on Saturday (March 12), organised by cyclist Harry Gray.

For the time being, the council has asked visitors to attend some of the other attractions and beauty spots the county has to offer.

The spokesperson continued: “We will continue to work to try to balance the needs and safety of cyclists, motorists, walkers, local residents, visitors, farmers and businesses.

“As work to assess and mend this significant landslip carries on, we will continue to keep under review if any sections of the road are safe to open.

“It is a very complex operation because the landslip is still moving and we thank everyone for their ongoing patience.”

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