Chapel Gate is an important public right of way known as Byway Open to all Traffic (BOAT) 144 Chapel en le Frith continuing as BOAT16 (part) Edale. We have just been notified by the Department of Transport’s National Transport Casework Team, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, that the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO), made under s14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which has closed this route since December 2014, has been renewed yet again until December 2019. The grounds for this are “the ongoing safety concerns”. Derbyshire County Council has been saying for all this time that it will be carrying out repairs to the route once it has concluded discussions about the nature of the repairs – the latest timetable given by DCC is that repairs will start in Spring 2019.
The provisions of s14 preclude any opportunity to object formally to this renewal. The Society, together with organisations such as the Peak District Green Lanes Alliance, of which the Society is a member, and the Friends of the Peak District, did write to the Casework Team strongly objecting to a “rubber stamp” renewal of the TTRO, but our concerns obviously fell on deaf ears. We were simply advised by the Casework Team to take our concerns to the county council, a futile exercise as they are already well aware of our views.
The Society will closely monitor the situation, and certainly consider stronger action if nothing happens next Spring.