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New Tecumseth Free Press Online
First Posted April 30, 1999

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Heavy farm machinery and trail uses not compatible mix

to the editor,

Posted 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 Estates.

Catherine Burns

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