IN DECEMBER 2020, a joint parish council group Councils Against Noise and Speed (CANS) was set up in response to resident complaints about the disturbance caused by motorcyclists breaking noise and speed and limits in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lune Valley.

CANS represents parish councils in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and is a campaign group which aims to ensure the law is being enforced on noise and speed limits.

We are encouraged by the Chief Constable of North Yorks, Lisa Winward’s proposal to hold several ‘days of action,’ at the beginning of the 2021 season. These include ‘an uplift in the number of safety camera vans and an uplift in traffic officers for stopping vehicles and the conducting of physical examinations for construction and use offences.’

With the support of the YDNPA and local MPs, Rishi Sunak, Tim Farron, Julian Smith and David Morris, the CANS campaign will press the police and highways authorities to sustain and develop these and other measures so that everyone can enjoy the unique beauty and tranquillity of the National Park.

Hamish Wilson

Chair of CANS (Garsdale Parish Councillor)

The following councils have representatives on CANS: Kirby Lonsdale, Casterton, Barbon, Middleton, Sedbergh, Garsdale, Hawes and Abbotside, Ingleton, Ireby and Leck, Burrow-with-Burrow, Melling with Wrayton. Nick Cotton (Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale County Councillor) and Kevin Lancaster (South Lakeland District Councillor) are also members.