If you’ve been on Facebook for the last few days you will have undoubtedly seen photos of the ‘repaired’ sections of Parkamoor green-lane up in the Lake District. I know a lot of you will think that it’s now ruined, and you’ve been quite vocal about it. On the flip side, there have been an equal amount of folk who are thankful, and have been equally expressive!
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The Mud Life Issue 15 June 2020
If you’ve been on Facebook for the last few days you will have undoubtedly seen photos of the ‘repaired’ sections of Parkamoor green-lane up in the Lake District. (If you haven’t, visit our Mega Mud Lifers FB page and scroll down a bit).
I know a lot of you will think that it’s now ruined, and you’ve been quite vocal about it. On the flip side, there have been an equal amount of folk who are thankful, and have been equally expressive!
As I see it, a lot of us have 4wd vehicles to get us places other cars cannot, whether that’s an expedition equipped 80 Series Land Cruiser or a standard Freelander on all terrains. Just like 4x4s, green-lanes come in many different flavours, too, from something you can drive in a Mini, to badly rutted and rocky lanes that no matter how careful you are, it’ll damage your pride and joy. People will always want different things.
To Repair or Not To Repair? That is the question.
Of course, if you really want to challenge your driving skills you arguably should visit a P&P site or enter competitions, but as long as you’re not damaging the lane and putting the rest of your peers into disrepute, I don’t think there’s a problem seeking out more challenging routes.
However, there’s a but, and it’s a very big BUT, and that is everyone reading this will be acutely aware of how hated we are amongst other users of the countryside and the non-educated, and the closure of loved and cherished green-lanes is a clear and present threat.
The bigger problem we face is that the lanes are public roads, and local authorities have a legal duty to keep them in a state of repair suitable for all users, and once they stop repairing them that’s when we invariably lose them.
At the end of the day, the repair of Parkamoor, and other lanes, has potentially prevented all of that and hopefully added some weight to the LDNPA’s case at the upcoming judicial review. Whether you disagree or not, thanks to the repairs we may get to continue to drive them in future.
Take a look at page 22 to see what Lauren from GLASS has to say on the subject.