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Please help us protect your rights to trail ride. Without rights of way trail riding cannot take place and this particular means of enjoying the countryside will be forever lost.

 

Posted 29th October 2018

 

Greetings,

Thanks to those who popped in to the PDVUG Open Day to say “hello”, despite the sleet and snow flurry late morning.


The lucky winner of the Prize Draw was Steven, he is already a Member of GLASS so he will have his renewal paid for.


I think that the new Trailwise2 created most interest although there were some questions about past and potential lane closures. I hope that we were able to answer the questions.


TTFN

 

 

 

Hugh.

Posted 19th October 2018

Do you want to protect your rights to ride and drive green lanes?

The Peak and Derbyshire Vehicle User Group invite you to find out more about what they do by visiting a free 'Open Day' at the Eyre Arms, Calver, S32 3XH, between 12:30pm and 5:00pm on Saturday 27 th  October.

Posted 2nd October 2018

We are coming very close to the last minute to OBJECT to the proposed TRO on Jacobs Ladder.


Your fresh OBJECTION must be completed before Friday 5th October 2018 and we really do need everybody to get involved. The anti motorists will be pulling out every body they can to complete the survey and we must do the same.


There is no controversy over the legality of this BOAT only our RIGHT to use the lane brought by the selfish people who do not want to share the countryside.


Here again is the link;


Thanks.


 

Hugh.

Posted 20th September 2018

Greetings all,

I understand that the antis have recently 'up'd' their game by printing leaflets and are sending them to residents around the Stoney Middleton area (and no doubt beyond too). They are massing their numbers against us and if they run true to form no doubt they will secure a high vote in support of their proposed Traffic Regulation Order.

If we want to keep this byway open then we too must ensure that a high number of folks object to the proposal. It is essential therefore that we muster as many folk as we can to complete the online consultation. It does not take long to complete the survey, the comment boxes are relatively short so gather your thoughts together, be polite and brief.

Remember that this route is a byway for all users. There are eight designated footpaths in the immediate area for walkers to use, Restricted Byways plus a variety of bridleways for horse riders. If others do not want to share with we few motorists then they have plenty of options available to them. The average non motorist is not against us as was proven by the original consultation.

To the single proposal of a TRO there are many alternatives which could include any of the following ideas such as; not to impose a TRO but to repair the results of water erosion, to maintain the route as a BOAT; adoption of the route for local additional voluntary repair and maintenance as required and proposed by PDVUG; if really concerned about vehicle width then perhaps introduce a uni-directional flow of vehicles; introduce a system of winter seasonal 4X4 Voluntary Restraint; a winter seasonal TRO of 4X4 vehicles to additionally protect the environment and character; a winter seasonal VR restricting all motor vehicle access in consultation with PDVUG; GLASS and the TRF; restriction of all vehicles on Sundays and Bank Holidays; introduction of a permit access system similar to that as applied by other Highway Authorities. If the road was cleared of debris and overgrown vegetation there would be plenty of access width. You may well have your own priorities, superior to my example ideas.

I have completed my own personal consultation and submitted a written Objection on behalf of Manchester 17 MCC.

This is a public road and we should keep it open to motorists. You do not need to live in Derbyshire nor even ride the route regularly, but we do need your support now before the time runs out. Please complete the survey at; http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/consultations

TTFN

Hugh.

Posted 23rd May 2018

Greetings folks,

You may have heard or read on other websites that DCC has been pressurised into proposing to restrict all recreational motorised use by imposing a Traffic Regulation Order on Jacobs Ladder, Stoney Middleton.

There is no argument that the route is of BOAT status and that with no current TRO in force we may legally ride it. The crux of the matter is that there are some selfish folk out there who simply want to remove our hobby from existence. I am not making excuses for DCC but they have been forced into this situation by the shear volume of anti motorists availing themselves of the Consultation process instigated by the ignorance, greed or selfish ambitions of just a few. The route is not, as claimed by some, damaged by motorists but entirely by a lack of maintenance on the part of the HA. We have offered to work with the Authorities on many aspects of future maintenance and management of this and similar routes but so far to no avail.

If we are to retain our Rights then we must take respectful action with our colleagues and participate in the Consultation process. There is no requirement for you to live locally nor to have ridden or to be riding the route, it is simply a fact that by shear volume we must OPPOSE the proposed TRO.


As a matter of fact according to the current DCC mapping portal there are 6 designated footpaths in the immediate vicinity of the one subject BOAT route.


Please email or write to DCC and recommend that they do not proceed with the proposal but that they work with us to find a consensus solution. If you choose to respond to the online questionnaire please ensure that you state that you are Opposing the proposal;

 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have-your-say/consultation-search/all-consultations/consultation-details/proposed-prohibition-of-mechanically-propelled-vehicles-over-stoney-middleton-byway-open-to-all-traffic-no15-known-as-jacobs-ladder.aspx


TTFN


 

Hugh.

 

Wetton. Posted 4th April 2018

As many of you will know the PDNPA has opened communication lines for public consultation regarding the little route at Wetton, often referred to as the “Manifold Valley route”. PDVUG is of the combined view that because of the specific circumstances of this route we could be prepared to support a proportionate Voluntary and/or seasonal TRO during the wettest months of each year. PDVUG has repeated its offer to assist the Authorities with maintenance to prevent any reoccurring deterioration of the surface.

Now you can and should have your say to the PDNPA's consultation, making it clear that you are an INDIVIDUAL and that you are OBJECTING to the Authority's proposals for a full time TRO. Please encourage your colleagues to do the same. Highlight that with only limited numbers of motorcyclists recorded as using the route annually then with suitable maintenance and a possible winter VR there is no need to impose a TRO of any description.

Full details of which are on the PDNPA  web site which you can contact directly using their online system by clicking the button at the bottom of their web page http://consult.peakdistrict.gov.uk/details.cfm?TROID=11 or you could write to; Rights of Way, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AE.

GLASS, PDVUG and I have already responded as organisations under the previous step in the consultation process. Now we will be reinforcing our case during this public stage and your recording a simple OBJECTION to the proposal would help add weight to our argument.

Your personal OBJECTIONS must be received by the Authority no later than 5pm on Friday 6 April 2018. So, time to act now or we may loose our right to ride this iconic route.

Back Lane, Darley Dale.

The other day I received my copy of the Interim report recording the Inspector's interim decision on this Order, dated 22 March 2018, proposing that the whole route A-B-C be classified as a BOAT. 

This is only an interim decision and not yet final, although the Inspector has proposed a modification to the order it will still have to be publicly advertised before a final decision can be made and the status confirmed. Once the proposed decision is ratified we might have a chance to smile.

An electronic version of the Back Lane decision will shortly appear on the Inspectorate's web site here - https://www.gov.uk/.../rights-of-way-order-information...

Please continue to treat this route with suitable respect and speed as it passes close to homes, farms and where children might be playing.

 

TTFN


 

Hugh.

Posted 2nd March 2018:

Greetings folks,

Just a quick note to let you know that your representatives from PDVUG attended the Derbyshire CC Committee meeting, Monday last, at which the Committee accepted the Officers’ Report agreeing that the route which many of us commonly refer to as ‘Excelsior’ should be recorded as a Byway Open to All Traffic.

The route does not actually have a name, as you know, it simply connects between New Road, Eyam, B6521 and the Calver Grindleford B6001.

The ‘opposition’ claimed that the Committee would not be the final arbitrators and that when the route is formally classed as BOAT status they would object, thereby forcing a Public Inquiry. There was some debate about the start date for User Evidence, more of which may be required in the future presuming that a PI will be called. I will let you know more details in due course but that could be many months off yet.

A big "Thank you" to all of you who had already presented User Evidence to DCC.

TTFN.

Hugh.

Posted 25th February 2018:

Click on above for a .pdf A4 size version

Posted 10th February 2018:

8 Feb 2018

New Road, Eyam. B6521.


Here is your update regarding New Road, Eyam, connecting over the hill to Grindleford. The route over many months has had to be closed to heavy traffic because of a land slide of the supporting banking. The DCC HA is going to apply a Traffic Regulation Order for Temporary Closure to prohibit motorised vehicles however at Committee they recently agreed, against Opposition, to permit an exemption for solo motorcyclists. As promised my contact at DCC kindly 'phoned me this afternoon to confirm that the paperwork is progressing and that when finalised I will be sent a copy. It was confirmed that it is fine for us to ride the 'narrowed' section but speed and noise must be restricted to prevent further Objections to the exemption. I agreed that the courtesy of giving pedestrians and non motorised users precedence is a given option by all responsible riders. TTFN.

TTFN

Hugh.

1 Feb 2018

New Lane, Eyam, TTRO

"Great news, hot off the press.    This morning PDVUG attended the DCC Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Meeting at which the Temporary TRO placed upon New Lane, Eyam was discussed. I am pleased to report that following requests specifically by PDVUG, GLASS and Manchester 17 MCC the Committee decided, against opposition, in favour of permitting an exemption for use by solo motorcycles. However, we will need to prove that we respect their investment by showing suitable consideration to the residents and other users. I am of course referring specifically to speed, noise and simple common courtesies. The route will be narrow so subject to a nominal speed restraint and it will be monitored for safety. The exemption is expected to come into force around Saturday 10th February 2018 so please allow a week to pass before venturing up there.  It is now up to us to prove our worth if we want to try and keep lanes open in the Peak District. TTFN"

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A few words from Mr P:

The Nations National Parks including The Peak District Nation Park must not be allowed to become the stage for a simple minded plan “for quiet enjoyment” at the cost of the loss of rights, culture, heritage and all those things that added together made them what they are. They are wonderful places not only because of what they look like but because of what can be done there. There is space for everyone to enjoy the parks in their own way and we must not let self-interested groups impose their prejudice on the rest of us. Our national parks are for everyone not just those who want to put a pair of hiking boots and moan at everyone else they come across or those who want to sit and fall asleep looking at a landscape that no longer reflects what made it the way it is.

We, YOU YES – YOU, me and everyone who wants to continue to enjoy our National Parks and, the Peak District in particular, in our way have to stand up NOW and stop the prejudiced Peak District National Park Authority acting to wipe out the rights our fathers enjoyed and with them the heritage and culture that made the parks what they are. This small band of short sighted authoritarians are busy spending huge amounts of our money responding to the completely unjustified demands of well-funded selfish pressure groups to extinguish our rights simply because we are motorcyclists. That is prejudice. And just like everywhere everyone has the responsibility to stand up against it. If we were a religious or racial group we would have been protected against these people – as it is we have to stand up for ourselves. Let’s do just that NOW.

 

Acronyms:

BOAT = Byway open to all traffic

TRF = Trail Riders Fellowship (this is the group that we most strongly recommend you join and to support)

LARA = Land Access & Recreation Association (these are the real ROW experts, there is no one better even in government)

LoS = List of streets taken off the definitive  map

UEF = User evidence form

PDNPA= Peak District National Park Authority

DCC = Derbyshire County Council

TRO = Traffic restriction order

PDVUG = Peak District Vehicle User Group

GLASS = Green Lane Association