You'll all be aware of the mess Cut Gate gets into at this time of year. No doubt you've probably ridden it and ended up either hub deep or heading around the so called 'Bog of Doom'.
Well we've seen it, ridden it and complained about it too.
This year the boggy bit on top has seemed pretty permanent and the tracks around it are getting wider and longer. We're concerned that it's only a matter of time before boot prints and of course tyre tracks lead to complaints which lead to quick fix remedial work.
So you'll be pleased to know that we've teamed up with RIDE SHEFFIELD to see if something can be done.
Together we're starting a conversation with the powers that be and other local groups about whether anything does need to be done - and if so, what it should be. It's early days but we're already making some good connections and having some constructive conversations.
Whether anything comes of it remains to be seen, but you can rest assured that we're putting ourselves front and centre in the discussions as we know what Cut Gate means to you all.
So stay tuned as we do our best to shape the discussion.
October 23rd marks the 2nd anniversary of the day we received a tip-off through Keeper of the Peak that Derbyshire County Council were commencing maintenance work on the Rushup Edge byway (aka Chapelgate). Our very own chairman rode up to have a look and it was obvious that the intended maintenance was controversial and that DCC had not engaged with user groups very effectively on the plans.
PDMTB organised a picnic protest which attracted attention from all over the country with magazine coverage from Singletrack. The cost and nature of the maintenance work were two key drivers to our argument and the noise created on social media was very uncomfortable for DCC.
In honour of this 2nd anniversary we're holding a little outdoor birthday party and you're very welcome to come along.
The byway remains closed but DCC have put a new plan and consultation online for all to comment on. The plan gives some hope for a positive outcome, with reference made to the great work on the Roych and even a suggestion that DCC may be working within the guidelines defined for the Pennine Bridleway. However, we've been here before with DCC and what they say and what they do don't always coincide. These recent developments are encouraging, but now is not the time to ease up on the pressure.
We continue to badger DCC to fill in some of the blanks where the plans are vague or ill-defined. For more info on the consultation and our outstanding queries with DCC, check out our earlier article.
Hope to see you on the 23rd...
We held our 2016 AGM last week 22nd September in Hope, attracting a broad range of members to hear what we've been up to over the last year and to talk about what we should be doing next. Thanks to all those who attended and for the great feedback and interesting discussions. Thanks also to Bike Garage, Cafe Adventure, Polaris Bikewear and Keeper of the Peak for the generous raffle donations and congratulations to those lucky enough to win!
You can read the minutes from the AGM here. Thanks for the ongoing support.