Wolverns Lane, Surrey
Earlier in 2019 GLASS committed to put £1,000 towards some significant defence works on Wolvern’s Lane that the Forestry Commission will be commissioning soon. This will prevent access to the most well used play areas and defend other weaker spots against fresh damage. This is good news, although it galls slightly that a little bit of action a few years back when the damage first started would have nipped this in the bud, stemming a ton of damage and complaints.
In addition, we are on the cusp of organising a Surrey Lanes day of action with the Police, the Forestry, GLASS and other interested parties in an effort to speak to as many riders and drivers as possible about good practice and to generate some half decent PR. The Police are also expressing interest in doing regular night patrols of the lanes.
Stuart Boreham, Surrey Rep
Sadgill donation, Lake District
On the 18th March our local rep, Dean Spenser, met with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), where a promotional cheque was handed over for £500 (the actual payment will be done via bank transfer). The money, matched by the TRF, is going to help with repairs to the hairpins on Sadgill (Style End) where a boulder has come loose forcing some people to short-cut the hairpin. Work to prevent future short cutting will also be done. Other minor works are planned both here and on Gatescarth pass. Pictured left to right: Steve Pighills (TRF), Suzi Hankin (LDNPA) and Dean Spencer (GLASS).
Voluntary Restraint Lane / Gallowlow Lane, Derbyshire 2018/2019
The Peak District National Park Authority have requested a voluntary restraint again this winter for Minninglow Lane / Gallowlow Lane (SK1957-04) as the ground is soft and easily damaged, particularly by 4x4s. Please avoid this route between 1st November and 30th April.
Chris Mitchell, Derbyshire Rep
Countryside Watch, December 2018
Derbyshire Police Rural Crime Team have asked GLASS members to join their 'Countryside Watch' initiative which was first discussed during a meeting with Sgt James Shirley, GLASS and PDNPA in October. This recognises that users of the countryside like recreational vehicle users can be a useful source of 'eyes and ears' to help prevent rural crime, and to report suspicious 'goings on’.
You will see from the police web page that recreational vehicle users are recognised as legitimate users of the countryside, and that the stated priorities for the Rural Crime Team don't include any mention of 'off-roading'.
Sgt Shirley said: “These groups visit the countryside in all weathers, day and night, and will greatly increase that natural surveillance that’s required to help us protect our rural communities and the wildlife we are privileged to have here.”
Anyone seeing any illegal activity during their green laning trips is asked to dial 101 and report it.
You can follow the Rural Crime Team on Facebook or Twitter.
Cumbria: Old Coach Road
GLASS have committed £5,000 of a total repair budget of £20,000 after storms ripped the road apart a couple of years again.
This first phase was to clear the drainage gully running down the majority of the road edge. The spoil to be laid on the uphill side where possible or further away from the road edge so as not to build up a deeper edge than is already there at the
moment. The drainage repairs are being completed by Dan Birkett Construction, who are based in St John’s in the Vale and are very experienced in upland drainage repairs.
The diggers have spent last week up there (mid July 2018), so there is now a new surface over Hausewell Brow and the guys are just putting in both the replacement culverts and rebuilding the missing sections of the gully that runs the length of the lane.
The lane could really do with about three months to settle properly, but I doubt people will stand that, so please can we avoid driving until the end of August. Thank you.
The TrailWise UID for this road is: NY3123-01
Wetton Hill – Staffordshire
The Peak District National Park Authority is proposing to make a traffic regulation order to permanently exclude mechanically propelled vehicles along Wetton Hill, a 1.4 km route in the Manifold Valley. The Trailwise ref. is SK0955-01. The route is prone to waterlogging in the winter, but is easily sustainable in dry conditions. GLASS are opposing a full-time TRO - we believe the evidence on this route does not justify a full Traffic Regulation Order, which would be disproportionate and illogical. GLASS would – in view of the specific circumstances of this route - be prepared to support a proportionate seasonal TRO during the wettest months of each year.
You can (and should) have your say by responding to the Peak District National Park Authority's consultation which is on their web site. You can respond directly using their online system by clicking the button at the bottom of the web page http://consult.peakdistrict.gov.uk/details.cfm?TROID=11 or you can write to Rights of Way at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AE.
Please make it clear that you are an INDIVIDUAL, and you are OBJECTING to the Authority's proposals for a full time TRO. Please encourage your local club members and green laners to do the same. GLASS have already responded as an organisation under the previous step in the consultation process, and will be reinforcing our case during this public stage. We have also offered to assist with maintenance to help prevent deterioration of the surface.
Representations must be received by the Authority by 5pm on Thursday 6 April 2018.
TrailWise has been updated.
Wiltshire, February 2018
Latest update - The works are now complete and the temporary TRO has been lifted.
From the MOD: Unfortunately due to unforeseen delays with the works we have had to apply for a further extension to the TTRO with the Council. I have been advised by the Project Manager that the works will be completed by Oct – Nov.
The current situation is that the exposed material required to reinforce the crossing point is still exposed making a temporary lifting of any TTRO impossible until the works at this point are completely finished and the route is safe. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to you and your members. Bulford 7 From the MOD: Unfortunately due to unforeseen delays with the works we have had to apply for a further extension to the TTRO with the Council. I have been advised by the Project Manager that the works will be completed by Oct – Nov. The current situation is that the exposed material required to reinforce the crossing point is still exposed making a temporary lifting of any TTRO impossible until the works at this point are completely finished and the route is safe. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to you and your members.
Ceredigion, February 2018
U1056 at Nant y Moch
The temporary TRO which was placed on U1056 at Nant y Moch, Ceredigion, has been lifted as repairs are now complete. Works were required as the road had deteriorated due to water ingress over the last few wet winters. TrailWise UID: SN7186-01, which will be updated in due course.
TrailWise has been updated.
Poultry Farms and Avian Influenza
1 February 2018
In case you had not yet been alerted, the government are now advising poultry farmers to follow the latest government advice in light of a recent outbreak of avian flu across Europe.
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds in Britain are now legally required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
In the light of this, and unless absolutely necessary, please do not directly visit poultry farms until the prevention zone has been lifted. If it is essential for you to visit and are invited in by the farmer, please ensure you follow their strict advice in relation to bio security.
So our advice is to avoid any lanes that go near a poultry farm. Please spread the word. Thanks.
North Yorkshire, February 2018
Could we all avoid driving Deadmans Hill again please. Although the repairs to the climb have held strong, there is now water damage at the foot of the climb which is causing problems for motorists. The original repairs didn’t have grips put in, and the water is getting at it already. We have a plan going forward. Please watch this space or the Yorkshire Facebook page for further updates.
North Wales, February 2018
As you all know there has been VR on HV for some time. This is advertised online and has been signposted on numerous occasions. However undesirables keep removing the signs. GLASS contacted Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) in November last year after reports of a broken down vehicle stuck on the route. GLASS officers spoke at length with SNPA PROW department who were looking to close (TTRO) the route for considerable time due to issues in the area the vehicle was stuck. GLASS stated it would not support any TTRO on the route unless a program of works was agreed. GLASS has offered man power, financial assistance, project planning assistance and improved signage for VR.
We have also been in contact with the Police regarding the abandoned vehicle. We look forward to a joint project with SNPA, the highway authority and GLASS.