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Poll row over green lanes

Posted 15 September 2010
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District have been encouraged to take part in a poll regarding the issue of access to green lanes by motorised vehicles, after claims the result was being skewed by voters from the off-road motoring fraternity.

Grough reports one of its readers had contacted it alleging a distorted view was being created by an "email pool" of off-roaders voting in favour of allowing vehicular access in a Westmorland Gazette survey.

He added: "If this tactic is successful, the result will be wheeled out for years to come as evidence of support for 'fumes in the fells'."

The poll was launched by the newspaper following recent controversy over the issue of whether such vehicles should be allowed on the Walna Scar Road near Coniston.

In the debate, senior editor of the Off Road Yearbook Alan Kidd claimed there is a "campaign of vilification" against 4 x 4 owners.

On the other side of the argument, vice-chairman of the Green Lanes Protection Group argued green lanes should be just for walkers, labelling off-road vehicles "out of place".

Posted by Brandon Egley

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