I see National Cycle Route 5, where it passes from Engine Lane/Coppice Lane in Brownhills, is still blocked with a chain, as highlighted by Warren Parry some weeks ago. Today, a fellow cyclist out with a child trailer who’s asked to remain anonymous came to use the track and couldn’t get through. I went to take a look.
Whilst I understand the land has problems with offroaders and other antisocial behaviour, the main vehicular access is from Lime Lane at the other end of the track, as most of the entry points from Brownhills have been successfully barred. This obstruction is stopping legitimate horse riders and cyclists from getting through on a recognised public right of way.
Engine Lane is open, as defined in law, as a Restrictive Byway. Thats defined in law as:
‘…provide a right of way for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other non-mechanically propelled vehicles.’
A key to the track marks on the above map is included below.
I have no desire to enter into conflict with the people placing the obstruction, and won’t name them here. I can understand why they’re doing it, but it’s blocking normal access and isn’t theirs to obstruct.
If people are to appreciate and enjoy the countryside around our area, and also maintain good relations with landowners and tenants, accommodation must be achieved. Blocking a track that has been open for decades to all but you own use isn’t fair, reasonable or acceptable.
Engine Lane – and Wyrley Common in general – has long needed better anti-vehicle measures; but since it crosses two local authority areas this is difficult.
Please sort this out. Thank you.