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CNP calls for off-roader ban in Peak District National Park

Posted 13 July 2011
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CNP calls for off-roader ban in Peak District National Park
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Large 4x4 vehicles cause a considerable amount of damage to the Peak District National Park and discourage many people from donning their walking boots and exploring the green expanse, it has been claimed.

According to the Campaign for National Parks (CNP), cyclists and horse riders often avoid the area due to the motors and it is time for the authorities to address the issue.

The body is lending its support to the Friends of the Peak District's Take Back the Tracks campaign, which is designed to protect the beautiful landscapes so those who like to go walking can enjoy them.

Anne Robinson, chair of the CNP, said that it is important for the Park Authority to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach to the situation.

"We think that it should make immediate use of its powers and that a good place to start would be to make it illegal to drive on all routes that can't sustain use by 4x4s and motorbikes whether or not they are damaged," she told a rally recently.

Lord Roy Hattersley recently stated that the message seems to be getting through and that the Authority is working to address the matter.