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Pro trail people need to speak up
to the editor,
It is wonderful that the Town of New Tecumseth has finally
taken steps to fill in the gap in the Trans Canada Trail that exists in
I have ridden my horse over many miles of this trail - north
and south of our town - for many years. While on the trail, I have seen
hundreds of other people enjoying it - walking, running, cycling and
parents pushing strollers.
Without exception, the people I have met on the trail have
been very appreciative of the privilege of using it. They have all been
very respectful of neighbouring properties.
Some concerns have recently been raised about the proposed
route from the 9th Line to the 14th Line, mainly by farmers who work
land adjacent to the trail. All along the Trans Canada Trail, across
Canada and in particular in neighbouring municipalities, farmers are
all able to work their land without interference or problems. The
situation along the proposed route from the 9th to the 14th cannot be
substantially different from those other farms.
One of the concerns is liability about spraying fields
adjacent to the trail. I believe a farmer has a perfect right to do
whatever he needs to do on his land, within legal limits of course. It
would be possible to put up a sign saying that farmers occasionally
spray toxic chemicals on land. If someone on the trail sees that
happening, they can decide not to use the trail that day.
With the exception of the trail north of Cookstown, which is
open to snowmobilers in winter, motorized vehicles are not allowed on
the trail. I believe that would decrease the likelihood of vandalism.
Regarding cost, a great deal of money has been donated by the
Trans Canada Trail group to establish this trail. The cost of
maintaining the trail is, I believe, almost a non-issue when you
consider how much taxpayer's money is spent on special interest groups
like the South Simcoe Railway and the Gibson Cultural Centre.
There are probably a number of other issues or objections that
can or will be raised, like insurance liability, emergency rescue and
MDS laws. I can only state that hundreds of other municipalities across
Canada, including all of our neighbouring municipalities, have
successfully dealt with them all. I believe New Tecumseth should be
able to do the same.
I believe the trail will be a huge asset to the town and will
be used and appreciated by hundreds of people.