Save a beautiful part of the Lake District from destruction by off-road motor vehicles
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We strongly object to recreational motor vehicles driving on the unsealed tracks near Little Langdale, between High Oxenfell and Hodge Close and High Tilberthwaite and Bridge End. They create problems for farmers and ruin the enjoyment of a beautiful and peaceful landscape.
This is one of the most distinctive stretches of land in the Lake District, left to the nation by Beatrix Potter. In 1930 the Chairman of the National Trust wrote in The Times that of all the pieces of land the NT had acquired ‘not one of them ... was better worth saving than this glorious stretch of mountain, moor and tarn.’ Beatrix Potter wanted to preserve it for future generations, and that is now our aim.
In 2006 National Park Authorities were given powers to stop motor vehicles from using these routes by imposing a Traffic Regulation Order. So we urge the Lake District National Park Authority to start consultations for a permanent Traffic Regulation Order on the unsealed roads between High Oxenfell and Hodge Close and between High Tilberthwaite and Bridge End for the following reasons, as stated in the DEFRA Guidelines for National Park Authorities making Traffic Regulation Orders under section 22BB Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984:
- to preserve or improve the amenities of the area through which the road runs
- to conserve or enhance the natural beauty of the area, or to afford better opportunities for the public to enjoy the amenities of the area, or recreation or the study of nature in the area
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