The Tilberthwaite Road track in the Lake District. Photo: Chris Heaton CC-BY-SA-2.0

The Tilberthwaite Road track in the Lake District. Photo: Chris Heaton CC-BY-SA-2.0

Campaigners have launched an appeal to raise cash for a judicial review of Lake District bosses’ decision not to introduce protective orders on two unsurfaced tracks in the national park.

The Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement aims to reach its target of £40,000 towards the legal process.

The group is supporting the Campaign to Save Langdale Green Lanes to contest the decision of the national park authority not to use traffic regulation orders on the two routes between Tilberthwaite and Little Langdale.

The authority’s rights of way committee decided in October to leave Tilberthwaite Road and High Oxen Fell Road as they are, and form a group with interested parties to monitor use of the former and its condition.

The National Trust, Ramblers, Save the Lake District Campaign and Friends of the Lake District pressed the committee to introduce a traffic order that would have prevented recreational 4×4s and trail bikes using the routes, which run between the A593 Coniston road and Little Langdale.

Gleam chairman Dr Michael Bartholomew said: “This is a crucial case for anyone who cares about the beauty and tranquillity of the Lake District, which is not only a national park but a world heritage site.

“The [Lake District National Park Authority] is refusing to protect one of the most beautiful places in England from intrusion and damage by motor vehicles and it is doing so despite a petition signed by over 350,000 people and clear evidence that TROs are needed on both tracks.

“Not only Lake District residents but the wider public have been dismayed by LDNPA’s decision. We think the decision was unlawful.

“We have taken counsel’s opinion and we are now inviting the public to help us get the decision quashed. Anyone wanting to help us can go to our CrowdJustice funding page.”

Since 2006, national park authorities have had the power to introduce TROs to control or exclude recreational motor vehicles from unsealed tracks. Reasons include motor vehicle use being unsuitable for the character of the road; conserving or enhancing the natural beauty of the area; and preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.

Gleam estimates it needs a total of £60,000 to bring the judicial review to court.

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