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The Green Lanes Blog

15 November 2019

UNESCO strongly rejects the LDNPA's decision to let 4x4s and motorbikes continue to use the two tracks. Read more about it here ...

The National Park Authority has decided. For the motorists.

Over 5-fold increase in the number of 4x4s on the Tilberthwaite track between 2004 and 2018 (see graph)

Restore our lanes to their pre-2000 condition as

quiet, beautiful fell tracks!

The National Trust has issued a strong statement in support of a Traffic Regulation Order. It says that the current use of these tracks by recreational 4x4s and motorbikes is unacceptable and that the NT will urge the application of a TRO.

(Read here how a Traffic Regulation Order would work.)

"The square mile ... between Tilberthwaite Gill and the Brathay is scenically one of the loveliest in Lakeland."  

A. Wainwright, The Southern Fells

A report from the UNESCO advisory body ICOMOS asks the LDNPA to protect the Outstanding Universal Value of the Lake District with a TRO.

Read the report here...

How other National Parks are solving the problem: by protecting the beauty and amenity ('the quality of being pleasant or agreeable') with a TRO ...

Peak District: 6 TROs since 2014

Yorkshire Dales: 12 TROs since 2006

Lake District: 000 TROs since 2004

LATEST NEWS

October

August

  • The LDNPA publishes its report for the Rights of Way Committee. It is based on unprofessional surveys and distorted evidence. More in our blog 22 September.

May

  • The UNESCO advisory body ICOMOS issues a report, asking the National Park to protect the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site with a TRO.

April

  • Article in the Westmorland Gazette: '4x4 issues are probed', quoting the statement of the National Trust. The LDNPA are quoted as saying, wrongly, that the "DEFRA guidance stressed that the application of TROs was a 'last resort' and other management options should initially be investigated." Since 2000 a voluntary restraint scheme has been in place and produced a massive increase in traffic.

  • The National Trust issues a strong statement in support of a TRO.

February 

January 2019

  • A new background briefing on the LDNPA website, distorting its own usage figures and selling the repairs as a solution. Read the rebuttal here.

  • The LDNPA announces drop-in sessions in Coniston (26 Feb) and Skelwith Bridge (5 March) to discuss the tracks.

  • "There is a very strong case for a TRO" say the Friends of the Lake District. Read their statement here.

  • The LDNPA publishes a new FAQ section about our green lanes. Still no mention of the Authority's duty to conserve and enhance the beauty of our area. Read our rebuttal.

December

  • Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Environment Secretary, will pursue the issue with the all-party parliamentary group on National Parks.

November

  • A whole page full of letters in the Westmorland Gazette (15 Nov) replying to Richard Leafe, CEO of the LDNAP.

  • Our campaign is mentioned in The Times again, in an article about the Honister zip-wire.

  • Costly, large-scale repairs on the whole length of the Tilberthwaite track are now almost finished. If this is the response to our petition, it is the wrong one. 

  • Richard Leafe, CEO of the National Park, says in an opinion piece in the Westmorland Gazette that the repaired track will be easier to drive on. Does he do it on purpose?

  • Our local MP Tim Farron has written to Michael Gove, asking him for better regulation for 4x4s in National Parks.

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