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4x4's & motorcycles to be banned from the Roych20th August 2013
The Peak District National Park Authority is to exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s from the Roych, a 3.5km section of the Pennine Bridleway, near Chapel-en-le-Frith. The Authority’s Audit, Resources and Performance committee decided a Traffic Regulation Order is necessary to protect the special qualities of the National Park.
The Roych is a very popular route with high levels of use leading to conflict between users; vehicles have left the highway, both to avoid difficult features and to link to Chapelgate nearby. A large amount of public funding has already been spent on the route and the levels of use were damaging repaired sections.
The decision follows a public consultation during which the Authority received around 2,500 responses, with over 1000 objecting to the proposed TRO and more than 1235 individuals and organisations in support of a ban.
Christopher Pennell, Audit, Resources and Performance committee chair, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly. The Roych is a very popular route with many different users but it crosses some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the national park.”
“In light of evidence and feedback during public consultation, our members felt they had to use the powers Parliament gave them to restrict motorised recreational traffic in this particular case to protect the natural beauty and amenity of the Roych and its surrounding, stunning landscape.”
Mr Pennell said: “In this case a full, permanent Traffic Regulation Order was deemed necessary for what is a highly valued National Trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.”
The exclusion does not include wheelchairs or electric disability scooters and Trampers.
Repairs to the damaged section of the Trail have now been completed - these have included stone pitching to reduce the height of the "steps" down towards Roych Clough and also landscaping of the damaged areas next to the Trail.