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GLASS is the National User Group for those who enjoy using the Country’s network of ancient unsurfaced public roads and vehicular rights of way. We are a not for profit association dedicated to driving, protecting and researching our unique heritage of unsurfaced public highways. We promote legal and responsible driving as a way of enjoying the countryside and campaign against irresponsible use.

 Glass offers its members access to information and advice, a quarterly magazine and full access to our comprehensive on-line database of rights of way in Great Britain. We also have a network of local representatives who hold regular meetings and can offer local knowledge to our members.

 


GLASS LEGAL / TRO Fighting Fund Appeal

GLASS is appealing to both members and non-members to make donations to the above Fighting Fund. The Fund is in support of any legal action that we may need to take against any threats to our continued use of Unsurfaced Rights of Way (Green Lanes) in the UK.

The recent decision in a Magistrate Court resulted in £20,000 costs being awarded against the person bringing the action which if upheld would bring to an end any member of the public's ability to bring Councils to book over lanes that have fallen into disrepair. Whilst a Magistrate Court does not set precedence the fear of £20,000 costs would leave Councils with a free hand.

Due to this decision alone many Order Making Authorities may rethink their strategies with regard to Motor Vehicles in the Countryside. We will continue to contest any further unreasonable TROs proposed elsewhere as well as misuse of the TRO process. 

GLASS TRO Fighting Fund donation page on the GLASS Shop  
All money donated will go to fighting this case, in the event that we raise more money than needed the surplus will be held separately and will only be used for future legal actions taken in the support of laning.

For more information visit this page

An update as of 25/02/2013 is available here

Update as of  20/03/2013 is available here

Update as of 23/03/2013 is available here

Voluntary Restraint does work! PDF Print E-mail

Voluntary Restraint – IT REALLY WORKS!

Late last year, as a result of discussions with all interested parties regarding so-called “sensitive routes”, the Peak District National Park Authority submitted a formal request for Voluntary Restraint.

The request concerned Minninglow Lane & Gallowgate Lane, a Non-classified Highway (UCR) grid ref

SK197 576 to SK222 565. The lane is a natural surfaced enclosure which has relatively low vehicle use (around 60 per month).

The lane has become rutted over recent years and the local Landowner had recently repaired the lane. PDNPA requested that the lane should be subject to a Voluntary Restraint for the period 1 November 2010 to 1 May 2011 to ensure that the lane was not damaged over the winter, and to maximise the growth of vegetation during the Spring of 2011, which would hopefully bind the surface and establish a good base for continued use.

The situation would then be assessed in early May 2011 to ascertain the success of the winter restraint and a review of the situation would then be carried out.

PDNPA staff would erect and maintain signs at the ends of the lane on the same substantial wooden posts they are deploying elsewhere in the Peak District with the “multi-user” route information signs, and written authority to do so was obtained from the Highway Authority.

The restraint was duly agreed by motoring groups via LARA, vehicle counters were installed on the lane, and a press release was issued to publicise the VR and to demonstrate the collaboration between the PDNP and users.

In March 2011, a PDNPA newsletter said:

“We would like to thank users for the restraint shown from using this route while repairs are given the winter to bed in, only two users drove vehicles on this route during the last counted month and these may have been farming vehicles. The restraint shown here and at other sites is a clear indication that Voluntary Restraint is a feasible option at some locations.”

Subsequently in June 2011, the same PDNPA Newsletter stated:

“This Voluntary Restraint has now ended. Thank you to all users who refrained from using this route over the winter and spring. Vehicle use fell by almost 70% during the period and as a consequence the route has improved.

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Signs about the restraint have now been removed from the site. Thanks to members of the Peak and Derbyshire Vehicle User Group for their help in advertising this restraint and to local farmers Mr Edge and Mr Cooper for their help with the improvement works and during the closure itself.

The photos show how the lane looks now.”

 
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