Campaigners welcome off-road action

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COUNTRYSIDE campaigners yesterday welcomed £100,000 plans aimed at dealing with the damage caused by off-road vehicles in the Peak District National Park.

Friends of the Peak District, a branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said it was “obvious” action needed to be taken and described the measures as “encouraging”.

“Some of the most sensitive routes in the Peak District are being ruined by 4x4s and trail bikes,” said Friends spokesman John King.

“Our Take Back the Tracks campaign has been calling for action so we’re really pleased to see that the park authority has taken notice and is doing something.”

As reported in the Yorkshire Post, the Peak District National Park Authority’s new strategy include closing five lanes, repairs to four and monitoring illegal use at 100 other sites.

Friends of the Peak District also called on Derbyshire County Council to secure road maintenance in the park.

Mr King added: “We hope that the park authority will be building a strong relationship with Derbyshire County Council to ensure our beautiful landscapes are sustained for the future.”