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Trial repairs on Chapelgate

Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation about proposed work on Chapelgate (Chapel-en-le-Frith Byway Open to All Traffic 144).

Area where the bedrock is to be retained and loose stone removed which will be used to stabilise the area bottom left in the photograph

We received 545 responses to the public consultation we carried out in 2018 and the overwhelming message was that you didn’t want to see the route repaired to such a high standard that it would spoil the character of the route.

You told us that instead you wanted the route repaired to a standard that allowed horse-riders to use the route.

After taking all comments into consideration, we’ve revised our proposals.

Repairs will be carried out in a simple and constructive way that will preserve this unique route.

In consultation with the Peak District National Park Authority, we’ve started a series of trial repairs on the section between the Rushup Edge road and the gate on to the moor.

Any loose stone is being removed and set aside for later use. This stone will be used to infill low sections, where there is likely to be a trip hazard and this material will be sat on a concrete mix to ensure that it doesn’t move.

We’ll no longer be building the cross-drains previously proposed or using large volumes of imported stone. But we’ll use pieces of gritstone slab to help even out the surface where infilling with smaller material would be impractical. This technique will reduce the risk of water washing out sections of the surface and retain the natural appeal of the route.

This work is expected to be completed in May 2019 and inspected over the coming months to see whether this technique has been successful.

If the repairs are successful, we will return to the site to complete any remaining sections during late summer and also address the significant wet area further along the route.

We will also be liaising with Natural England as this area lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

We'll have further updates later in the year.