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Heavy farm machinery and trail uses not compatible mix
to the editor,
September 13, 2017
Permission to use the Trans Canada Trail from the 10th to the
Rizzardo (Tecumseth Estates Inc.) property for access for farm
equipment has been requested.
This is a contradictory use for the Trail as heavy farm
machinery and pedestrians and cyclists are a dangerous mix. There is no
escape route as a fence was installed on the east side and there is a
deep ditch on the west side.
Has a discussion been held with the Trans Canada Trail
Association regarding the heavy motorized vehicle presence on this
section of the trail?
The Alliston Sportsmen's Club which also uses this section of
the trail to access the range has grown and the use of this shooting
range has increased exponentially over the past 30 years.
Adding large tractors, combines and transport trucks hauling
out harvested crops creates a dangerous situation. It is simply common
sense that a recreation trail used for walking and biking should not
also be used for large farm equipment. It is also unnecessary. This
parcel of farm land is contiguous with the area clear cut two years ago
and has been farmed for 100+ years without requiring this access route.
It would be interesting to know who is paying to insure the trail in
the event of an accident and who is responsible for the legal costs of
creating agreements between the Town, the farmer and Tecumseth