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Jacob By The Jugular !
Derbyshire Council have decided to open an enquiry to see if a TRO is required on Jacobs ladder in Stoney Middleton. This route has already gone through a status review many years ago and was designated to be one of the few Byways open to all traffic (BOAT). The amount of evidence needed to establish this needs to be pretty conclusive.
It now transpires that some people would like it closed to vehicles. We fail to see the reasoning behind this since motorcyclists are more than willing to share a right of way with any other countryside user. We understand some local residents have raised concerns regarding vehicle use which has been present for many years. We assume these people knew this road was open when they purchased their property as everyone else is made aware of access issues at the point of acquisition of a property. We believe a known and historic public right of way such as this should not be removed at the detriment to the general public just because someone decides they don't like vehicles using it anymore. As the population and subsequent vehicle ownership increases in the UK it is common for all people who live near a road of any description to experience increased traffic almost without exception.
We are aware of a massive choice of vehicle free routes in the area such as footpaths and bridleways. This is available at the upper part of Jacobs ladder and at the lower part of the route should anyone CHOOSE not to share their outdoor experience with vehicles. Since this is one of the very few options for vehicles to use in order to access businesses in Stoney Middleton and Eyam such as the local cafe's, we think it would not be in the best interests of the local tourism trade or the community to close the route which would cause a customer bypass to these businesses.
Top entrance to Jacobs ladder. Photo by Wayne Large.
Derby Lane TRO
PDNPA have placed a TRO on Derby lane. This lane was an important part of a route which feeds the local businesses in Monyash, Bakewell. The APTR pointed this out within it's consultation. In particular, the local cafe is sure to miss the business this lane generated for the area. Yet again decisions are being made that affect the tourism trade and risk job security in the rural community. The picture below shows happier times for this area.
Photo by Jimmy Kawasaki.
More Legal Lanes Face Possible Closure
Two more rights of way are under consultation for closure by Peak District National Park Authority. Derby lane near Bakewell and Washgate at Flash near Buxton. In both cases local businesses would be adversely affected. We have pointed this out to the local authority (PDNPA). They have still proposed a full traffic restriction order for both lanes, which by doing so leads us to ask the question, Do they care about local businesses and jobs in within our local rural community ?
Washgate in particular is a well known tourist attraction for motorcycle trail riders. We would compare the closure of this lane in particular to closing a major ride or attraction to visitors in a park, or even a theme park. Our research shows that this closure really would be that damaging ! We are at a loss to understand the logic that would make this reasonable for an authority to do.
The closure of further lanes to an already low number of legal lanes in our opinion sends a message that the Peak Park of Derbyshire is Closed for business to bikers. We are not aware of any attempt by PDNPA to open alternative routes to facilitate these tourists. We feel the authority is failing in it's duty to promote and provide facilities to attract a varied spectrum of tourist types to the area and It's duties to protect the interests of local businesses and jobs.
Brushfield / Monsal lane To be closed to Vehicles
Following an enquiry Derbyshire Council have decided that Brushfield should be downgraded a bridleway. This is another nail in the coffin for our local associated businesses. This yet another attack on local tourism by slashing an already low number of lanes open to motorcycle tourists.
Having read the Brushfield report, we are concerned with many aspects and assumptions made by the authorities within this and many other consultations which lead us to believe that they have little understanding of motorcycle riding, machine potential and level of impact on various surfaces as these appear findings are typically over exaggerated.
In addition there seems to be a an overall lack of understanding of motorcycle trail riding as a whole, as well as the consequences of simply closing historic routes and simply walking away from the situation and responsibility of the reduction of legal lanes as tourist and local rider facilities, as well as the negative impact to local businesses.
For the purpose of analogy. If the authorities were to close all the sporting and park facilities they should not be surprised if people took to playing football or other sports in the streets.
Leys Lane Signs TRO In Place
Despite our efforts the PDNPA have gone ahead and placed the Traffic Restriction signs on Leys lane . This is now the 4th lane closed this way in an apparent effort to give bikers the boot from the Derbyshire lanes.
The Association of Peak Trail riders have pointed out to the PDNPA that we have 53 local businesses that rely either partly, or in whole on motorcycle tourism. It appears by this action they refusing to listen to the very people who pay their taxes and rates to Derbyshire and The Peak District. Bikers tell us they will simply go elsewhere and spend their money where they are made to feel more welcome. Places such as Wales or even Spain and France are set to gain financially by our falure to accommodate their needs in this area.
Picture by Jon Lee : Andrew Richardson gives the thumbs down.
Trail Riding Faces Yet Another Closure In The Peaks
Over 120 years of trail riding.
Brian (right ) Started trail riding over 50 years ago. Pictured here (right) with his two sons , Steve (Centre) with 40 years trail riding and Andrew (left) 30 years Trail riding experience.
Leys Lane in Great Longstone is under threat from closure. Our information is that PDNPA say it must be closed to vehicles.
Brian (82) said "I don't understand what the problem is. I have used this lane on and off for over 50 years and despite the traffic it doesn't seem to have changed in appearance much at all, So why close it ? "
We are asking the same Brian ! It is rumoured that the other part of the lane Cherpit lane is to remain open to traffic. This will in effect make it a cul de sac as walkers tend to use this area to park their Vehicles.
Photo by Hugh Clearly. Bikes: Coventry Eagle. Yamaha Serow.