Rushup Edge Picnic Protest

October 27, 2014

When you see the work being carried out by Derbyshire County Council on the sunken track at Rushup Edge it’s not hard to see why there’s been an outcry

Workmen not pictured

It’s one of the least sympathetic bits of trail maintenance we’ve seen with inappropriate materials being used destroying the local character of the sunken track and to be honest we were at a bit of a loss to understand why it was being carried out given that the existing substrate was bedrock and posed few challenges or dangers to users.

Exactly why an iconic and popular track has deserved such treatment is something of a puzzle.

"Work" in progress
“Work” in progress
Limestone in a gritstone area
Limestone aggregate in a gritstone area

Today saw a group from Peak District MTB holding a picnic to protest the works and survey the damage done so far. Workers. council representatives and contractors were conspicuous by their absence.

The Picnic
The Picnic

Hear our interview with Peak District MTB here.

We’ve been in contact with Derbyshire County Council today and asked the following questions:

1) How was the need for the work identified
2) What is the intended outcome of the works
3) Was any consultation carried out with user groups?
4) Why is a limestone based aggregate being used? Was there any environmental impact of this carried out?
5) Why has your PROW team disengaged from discussions with Peak District MTB as a user group?
6) Are your PROW team willing to consult and carry out more sympathetic maintenance with volunteers contributing time, skills and opening possibilities of partnership funding?
7) As a contributor to Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group how does this work fit with it’s principles?
…particularly the fundamental principles… …
8) “Communication is not an afterthought at Derbyshire County Council – it plays a vital role in everything we do.” – DCC Communications Strategy. How does your PROW approach to consultation fit with your communications strategy?

Once we’ve had a reply expect a further story to follow up on this.

Hmm, wonder what they'd think...
Hmm, wonder what they’d think…

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