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LETTER: Carbonear trail doing more harm than good

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The Town of Carbonear should have done survey work and held public information sessions on the Knox’s Hole walking trail. It seems labourers with no apparent proper direction were sent to cut where they may.

This is the third attack on the Main Brook, (aka Island Pond Brook). The Main Brook used to be a pristine river, prior to the Town of Carbonear disturbing it.

The town’s first attack on this river began in the 1960s when the town made an outdoor swimming pool on the river. The pool was huge, with two green painted change rooms, equipped with outhouse. A dam was constructed, and concrete walkways poured. It was a salmon river. The town did not construct a chute next to the dam and salmon could no longer make their way upstream. Within a few years there were no more salmon.

The second attack came when huge culverts were installed to facilitate Route 70, but ice rafting with flooding began to occur by the culverts. To stop the flooding thick but ends of creosote light poles were placed in the river, just above the big culverts.

Now, the town is out again to finally destroy the river with this walking trail. In making Nell’s Walking Trail one could see chainsaw labourers, and mini front-end loaders dumping material right up to the river’s edge.

There are reports the town will install some sort of bridge across the river. The town offers no information on this.

Will this trail also become a mixed trail for walkers, ATVs and dirt bikes, just like the Carbonear ‘walking trail’ on the old rail bed on the south side of the town has become? That trail, too, started off as a ‘walking trail.’

Some of the money for these hiking trails come from the JCP program. There are people who feel such funds should be spent on other dire town needs. Carbonear already has a boardwalk, the old railway track, blueberry picking trails and trouting trails.

Bill Barry
Carbonear

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