Consultation open on countryside roads policy

Residents are being invited to have their say about how Derbyshire County Council plans to manage vehicle use in the countryside over the next five years.

The county council has updated its policy on managing roads which have vehicular rights and wants to know what people think about it.

The authority says the new policy focuses on investment in off-road vehicular routes and using volunteers to monitor the condition of routes among other plans.

Cabinet member for highways and transport Simon Spencer, said: “Everyone has a right to get out and enjoy Derbyshire’s countryside and there are routes which we have a legal duty to maintain for vehicles to use.

“This policy aims to balance the interests and rights of all user groups and local communities. It sets out how we will maintain rights of way and manage vehicle use in the countryside over the next five years taking into account changes in legislation and progress we’ve made since the first policy was drafted in 2003.”

To comment on the policy visit or pick up a questionnaire from county council libraries.

The closing date for comments is 14 March 2012.