TRF:Hi Leo. It’s been a while since we last connected. How’s life in North Yorkshire right now?
Leo:Like always its a challenge with some parts of the various government bodies in North Yorkshire working with us and others at best ignoring us at worst working against us, but with the support of an active membership and a national committee able to support us in court actions we are holding our own.
TRF:I saw a pic on Facebook recently showing you handing over a cheque to the National Park. What’s that all about then?
Leo:For about the last 3 to 4 years we have been working with Dales National Parks in an effort to keep the network of unsurfaced roads in sustainable condition.
TRF:It sounds like you have a good relationship with the National Park. I’m guessing that’s not something that’s happened over night?
Leo:It was a chance meeting on a UCR, I was leading a group and chanced on a working party shovelling stone (average age 70) I approached the Park Officer with an offer to assist and from then on the co-operation started. Initially other user groups were invited into the working party but to date have failed to participate.
TRF:It sounds like a lot of work, well done Leo and team! And I’m sure I also saw you guys at the BikeWise show put on by Durham Police.
Leo:The group has an active core participating in organising events, club nights, leading runs and the non riding stuff like attending meetings, research, communicating with Parks and Council Officers, members enquiries, and on occasion getting help from other groups. I’d like to thank Martin, Dick, Ashley, Chris, John, Doug, Gill, Stuart, Paul from the Teeside group and Craig, Stuart, Dave and Paul from other groups
TRF:Thanks Leo, good luck with the rest of this years fundraising.