Councillors welcome moves to protect ‘green lanes’

Garton Balk
Garton Balk

The three Driffield and Rural Ward councillors have welcomed moves to protect local lanes from inappropriate use.

Experimental traffic regulation orders are being imposed which prohibit the use of various “green lanes” to allow repair works to take place.

The lanes involved in the prohibition orders are:

• Green Lane, Wetwang - between Malton Road and Sledmere Road.

• York Road (Green Lane), Garton on the Wolds - between Sledmere Road and Garton Hill/Road.

• Garton Balk, Garton on the Wolds - between Station Road and Elmswell Road, and between Elmswell Road and Driffield Road.

• Green Lane, Garton on the Wolds - section west of farm access road.

• Elmswell Wold Farm access road, Garton on the Wolds - west of Elmswell Hall/farm access.

Driffield and Rural Ward councillors Felicity Temple, Symon Fraser and Barbara Hall have welcomed these restrictions.

Coun Temple commented: “Over recent years we have seen a huge increase in the use of these lanes by off road vehicles purely for pleasure and recreational purposes. This has caused serious damage and disturbance for genuine local users. The prohibition orders will give some respite over the winter months.”

Coun Fraser said: “We have worked away in the background on this issue for years and I am delighted that this regime is to be tried. The lanes were never meant for this type of use. Originally they were just used by local farms for moving stock and crops.” Coun Hall added: “The lanes are a peaceful resource offering wonderful walks. The damage to them has been significant and has worsened over recent times. A temporary prohibition of inappropriate use will help them to restore to their proper state.”